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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is going on the defensive when addressing long-standing labels of him being a bad teammate, and a locker room cancer.

Howard, who inked a deal to return for a second stint with the Lakers, recently appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” to talk about narrative.

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Lance Stephenson to Play in China

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Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to join the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Says He is the Best in the World

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis isn’t short on confidence, and he believes he is the very best in the world.

Although he didn’t win much during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans, nor has he ever won a championship, Davis is likely to be in title contention on his new team, the Lakers.

“I’m the best in the world,” Davis proclaimed, according to Alam Abdeldaiem of Sports Illustrated. “I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t do as far as playing a complete game. I can play on the block, play on the perimeter, play defense on both ends, switch 1-5, guard, score the basketball. I want to be the most dominant player in the game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Davis also considers other players on the same level as himself, including his teammate LeBron James.

“Obviously you have players like Kawhi, KD, LeBron, Steph all of those guys who are the same way. They’re great players, talented players, Hall of Famers, and that’s what makes our game fun. Everyone wants to be the best in the league. Everyone wants to be the most dominant, and that’s when our competitive edge comes out on the floor and makes the game so fun to watch.”

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