With the playoffs not happening, head coach Luke Walton has begun giving more minutes to the team's younger players such as Alex Caruso, Jonathan Williams, and Jemerrio Jones as opposed to veterans such as Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler. We will continue the journey.
Johnson revealed that he had not even informed Buss of his resignation before announcing it to reporters at the Staples Center.
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Johnson, who won five titles as a player with the team, was appointed president in March 2017.
"I'm a free bird and I can't be handcuffed", he said. The Lakers were fined a few times for tampering that stemmed from Johnson referencing pending free agents or discussing off-court interactions with players of opposing teams under contract. "I'm happy. I want to do the things I used to do". "We're halfway there with Lebron coming back", said Johnson. "If we get one of these [free agents], we're going to be really good.I'm good with where I am", Johnson said.
"Me and her (Lakers owner Jeanie Buss) have an fantastic relationship and she gave me full power for me to do what I wanted to do". And that's not fun for me.
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The Lakers were arguably the biggest disappointment of the season, finishing 37-45 and only marginally improving from the 35-47 record of a year ago. They had never missed the playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.
The news came as a surprise, including to Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Lakers, reports CBSLA Sports Director Jim Hill. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers' general manager, saying the decision rested exclusively with Buss, whom he repeatedly called "my sister".
Johnson said he's had enough of the tampering charges. "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".More news: Meghan and Harry 'move into Frogmore Cottage' ahead of royal baby's birth