Magic Johnson leaves LA Lakers' role... because of Serena Williams

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Magic Johnson leaves LA Lakers' role... because of Serena Williams

Basketball legend Magic Johnson stepped down as the Los Angeles Lakers' president on Wednesday That was definitely a tough decision for the American, who explained: "I want to go back to having fun. I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job.

We're halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in a position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players."

Johnson will now work for an advisory board promoted by the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. "I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can't even tweet that out or be there. Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that.'

So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn't do anything wrong ... I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can't even do that.

I had more fun on the other side." Serena will skip the Fed Cup tie between Switzerland and the United States, she will play the Rome Open next.