"I've been talking to people, we've been talking about next year, and I'm sitting there saying, 'I'm not going to be here,"' Johnson said with a smile.
Johnson didn't directly tie his decision to the future of coach Luke Walton, who was widely expected to be fired by Johnson soon.
Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers, who haven't made the postseason since 2013. One of the weirdest parts of his impromptu press conference was his non-endorsement of Rob Pelinka, the general manager he hired.
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After speeches from Larry Bird and others he idolised growing up in Germany, Nowitzki told the crowd, "this is my last home game". Nowitzki made 14 All-Star games and earned All-NBA honors 12 times in his 21-year NBA career played entirely with the Mavericks.
"Her and I have such an wonderful relationship and I think that she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do". If I had to stay, I had to get better.
After retiring and launching several business ventures, he re-joined the team in February 2017, when general manager Mitch Kupchak was sacked and Jim Buss was ousted as executive vice president of basketball operations. "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now".
In the end, it was all the theater of the Lakers' disappointing season bundled into a moment only a Laker - THE Laker - could produce. "She gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I want to always preserve our relationship. I don't want to disappoint her". "That's not who I am.' And then I don't want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, 'Hey, you can do what you want to do.' I know she has great love for him and great love for me". We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive.
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Their patience was rewarded on Monday when they defeated Texas Tech in the National Title game in overtime by a score of 85-77. The insane thing is that that the finale follow-up against Auburn was just as wild maybe even moreso.
The Lakers paid tribute to Johnson, a Hall of Famer during his playing days with the team, in a brief statement. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family".
But not everyone thought Johnson was good for the Lakers.
Johnson, who won five titles as a player with the team, was appointed president in March 2017.
Johnson said he just couldn't face Buss, who he called "my sister". "But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine".
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