LeBron and his teammates may now have something to unite over. Now-former Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations ​Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down from his position on Tuesday, after a disastrous season that will see them miss the playoffs in spite of sitting as high as fourth-place in the Western Conference as recently as Christmas Day. 

 

LeBron James, who was to a large degree influenced by Johnson to come to LA this past offseason, doesn't appear to have an ounce of sorrow regarding the departure of the former star of the "Showtime" Lakers. 

He and teammates Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and JaVale McGee are seen departing from the exclusive Tao Restaurant on the same night of Magic's departure. Having suffered a 104-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers earlier in the evening, these Lakers have already put the season behind them.

Johnson's resignation caps off what has been a roller coaster of a season for the Lakers, and not in a way that has impressed fans either. In what was supposed to be a year that LeBron carried LA to their first playoff appearance since 2013, they now will watch the postseason from the couch after a season headlined by injuries, inconsistencies and a generational personality clash between James and the younger core of the roster.  


Moving forward, plenty of uncertainty remains surrounding the front office and the future of head coach Luke Walton, as well as any player not named LeBron James (and even he isn't fully immune). But at the end of the day, the Lakers seem content for now just trying to move on and forget about the game, even just for an evening.