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Jeanie Buss Has Message For Magic Johnson After He Resigned

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Jeanie Buss speaks to Kobe Bryant at Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Magic Johnson shocked the NBA world on Tuesday night, when the former Los Angeles Lakers star abruptly resigned from his position with the iconic franchise.

The former Lakers point guard had been serving as Los Angeles' president of basketball operations, but he had enough.

"It's a difficult decision. I cried before I came here," Johnson said. "I am about to cry now. It's hard when you love an organization the way I love this organization. It's hard when you love a person like I love Jeanie [Buss]. I don't want to disappoint her."

Johnson said that he made his announcement before telling Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Lakers. He said he was afraid she would talk him out of it.

"I'm going to be around whenever she needs me," Johnson said. "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now. I get it. Because it was hard for me to go do that, to make this decision and come to this conclusion. But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine."

Buss took to Twitter late on Tuesday night to issue Magic a message.

"Earvin, I loved working side by side with you. You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you," she wrote.

The Lakers released the following statement regarding Magic's decision:

There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise – as a player, an ambassador and an executive.

We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, Cookie, Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family.

As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.

The Lakers' season, meanwhile, ended on Tuesday night, as Los Angeles fell to Portland on a buzzer-beater.