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.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury
Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.
Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.
Lakers’ Frank Vogel Says Team Has Not Ruled Out DeMarcus Cousins Return
When it comes to big man DeMarcus Cousins, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to close the book on him playing during the 2019-2020 season.
Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.
“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”
The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.
Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.
Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label
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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