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#pounditFriday, January 22, 2021

Magic Johnson seemingly responds to Pelinka-Buss email report

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On Wednesday, Ric Bucher went on the Colin Cowherd show and offered an explanation for Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation as Lakers president. According to Bucher (as recounted by Complex), Lakers GM Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss exchanged e-mails about Johnson and what he was and was not doing in his role as president, and Buss inadvertently blind carbon copied Magic on some of those emails.

“So when he talked about the backstabbing, to me, my understanding that’s what started it,” Bucher said.

On Thursday morning, Magic Johnson took to Twitter to send this cryptic message:

Now, he went on to also talk about his anticipation of the NFL Draft and other topics shortly after, but in the NBA world, these kind of comments do not come by accident. Maybe Magic was talking about the world and life in general, but the timing sure seems to be related to Bucher’s revelation, as there has not been much activity on the Lakers/Magic backstory in two weeks since his surprise announcement.

If Bucher’s account is accurate, it would explain why Magic gave an impromptu surprise press conference to announce his decision to step down, and acknowledged not talking to Buss first about his decision.

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