LeBron James Claims He Was Stunned By Magic Johnson’s Lakers Departure

Johnson was reportedly a key in luring James to the Lakers, meeting with him minutes after the July 1 deadline for free agency negotiations.
Lakers legend Johnson allegedly left because of a power struggle within the organization. Some reports have surfaced that he was accidentally CC'd on some disparaging emails, leading to his decision to depart and go back to being just a multi-millionaire businessman.” />
“Personally for me,” James said, “I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization having a conversation with Magic. So it was just weird for him to be like, ‘Nah, I’m out of here.’ And not even have no like, ‘Hey, ‘Bron, kiss my ass, I’m gone.'”
James said friend Randy Mims told him while he was stretching before a game, and had to check his phone to confirm. He had no clue something out of the ordinary was about to happen. Speaking on his HBO show The Shop, James said he had met with Johnson a few days before his April 9 decision to leave his advisory post to the organization.
LeBron James found out about Magic Johnson's surprise departure from the Los Angeles Lakers while stretching before a game, and like most of the public, at first did not believe it.

Five-Part Lakers Docuseries In Works On Magic & Kareem Showtime Era

The Buss family and Magic Johnson changed the faces of both Los Angeles and the NBA, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring this fascinating, expansive and largely untold story to life." Mann is producing for Haven Entertainment, and called the Showtime Lakers “one of the great American stories in both sports and cultural history.
Soros and Horsman are producing. They sparked to “the opportunity to partner with one of the world’s great sports franchises in producing a series documenting such a fascinating period in its history. What also appealed to us about this project was director Kris Belman’s and producer Kevin Mann’s creative vision, which will incorporate the larger canvas of Los Angeles and beyond through this period.”
The deal was brokered by Endeavor Content which is also handling worldwide sales for the project.” /> Haven Entertainment is represented by Ronald Levin of Levin Law Corp. Lakers’ Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Dan Grigsby negotiated the deal on behalf of the Lakers’ organization. Los Angeles Media Fund is represented by WME and Stephen Monas of Business Affairs advised on the deal.
“The Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA – but ‘Showtime’ holds a special place in the hearts of our fans and this city we’re proud to call home,’” said Jeanie Buss, Lakers co-owner/CEO. I can’t wait to watch!” “We are excited to partner with Los Angeles Media Fund and Haven Entertainment to produce this documentary series, celebrating that era, its stars and its unique buzz.
Courtside, celebs like Jack Nicholson turned The Forum in the town’s hottest ticket and the team won five NBA titles and waged an unbelievable rivalry with Larry Bird's Boston Celtics. EXCLUSIVE: There's a big series coming up for the Los Angeles Lakers, and LeBron won't crack the starting lineup. That was the period when Pat Riley coached the run and gun style distinguished by Magic Johnson’s passing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring and shot blocking, with Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Byron Scott, and Michael Cooper backing them up. The series will be directed by Kristopher Belman (More Than A Game) and financed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman's Los Angeles Media Fund. The Los Angeles Media Fund and the Lakers are teaming up with Haven Entertainment to produce a five-episode docu-series focusing on the '80s Showtime era of the storied basketball team.

LaVar Ball Offers To Coach Lakers, Says He Can Do It “With My Eyes Closed”

“You [would have] a rotation of eight, instead of a rotation of 12,” Ball said. “Can’t make everybody happy." Lonzo Ball is averaging 27 minutes per game, 9.3 points and 4.3 assists, down from his rookie season last year.
If we [are] winning by a lot, then everyone else can play.” I’m going to go with Lonzo and LeBron. “But if you want to try to figure out things, different combinations, taking guys in and out, no. You guys are going to stay in the game until we finish winning.
The voluble and controversial Ball, who stars in his own Facebook series, Ball in the Family, and runs the Big Baller League and shoe brand, is again taking shots at current Lakers coach Luke Walton, who reportedly was recently called on the carpet by Lakers executive Magic Johnson for the team's slow start after adding LeBron James and a strong supporting cast.
While the Lakers and LeBron have downplayed the Walton/Johnson chat, LaVar Ball isn't giving Walton a pass. As he did last year when he claimed Walton had lost the team, he's predictably touting the answer to the Lakers woes as more playing time for his son, Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.
He makes everybody around him better. So guess what, when you play in the game, don’t put him in the corner, he can’t make no one better. He added: “Lonzo is a very special player. … But here’s the thing: If you have Lonzo, which is a special player that makes everybody better, and you have the best player in the world in LeBron James, how do you not win a championship?”
“They’re starting off a little ragged because, if you have a guy that’s your second pick and you have the best player in the world, don’t take them out of the game, leave them in the game and rotate three other guys around them,” LaVar Ball told Sky Sports. “That’s how you get victories if you want to win.
LaVar Ball has offered to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an interview, a job he claims he can do with his eyes closed.
“If they need help, shoot, I’ll coach them,” Ball said. “I can coach them with my eyes closed.”” />