Johnson shockingly stepped down from his position Tuesday before the team's final game of the season at an impromptu press conference.
Johnson declined to comment specifically on whether Walton or general manager Rob Pelinka should keep their jobs (McMenamin) but did later say that he would willing to support the Lakers' free agency recruitment efforts, should the team wish to have him (Ganguli).
Johnson says that Simmons reached out to him for advice on how to be a big point guard in the National Basketball Association and immediately it was considered as tampering and there was a lot of drama around the situation.
"I think I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody", Johnson said in his farewell address. "He needs more time", Stoudemire said. I'm going to go back to that lovely life.
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"I knew I couldn't be face-to-face and tell her", Johnson said (Oram).
"I like to be free", a liberated Johnson told the media. "I'm not disappointed in anything we did", he said. The Lakers improved, Luke Walton appeared to be the right coach for the job, and they had promising young assets to lure in free agents or bundle in a trade for a superstar. They haven't made the playoffs since 2013.
"I think that with (owner Jeanie Buss) and I, I want to always preserve our relationship with her". Johnson's decision to step down likely means the Lakers won't make a decision on Walton's future until a new front office is in place.
During his tenure as the Lakers president of basketball operations, Los Angeles has been fined twice in as many years for tampering.