- May 7, 2014
I don’t think he is trying to harm the Lakers. But his comment alluding to having to fire Walton today was an interesting slip of the tongue. We know he, Jeanie, and Pelinka were all at odds regarding Walton as coach. Maybe Jeanie vetoed him from firing Walton and Magic doesn’t want to be tied to the mess that will be of Walton sticks around for long.Goes without saying that calling an impromptu press conference to quit before the season ends and before notifying the president is extremely immature and unprofessional. It’s like he was pissed off about something and wanted to give the Lakers as much negative press as possible.
His leaving out of desire to be a mentor and ambassador for the game is legitimate. Dude definitely spread himself thin; there are also rumors that there is an article in the works that is going to make Magic look pretty bad from a management standpoint, like Pelinka walks in to the facility and frequently rhetorically asks “Where’s Magic Johnson??”