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Magic Johnson Quits the Lakers Team to Pursue a Career in Happiness

Magic Johnson is like a leprechaun chasing a pot of gold…the only difference is, it’s not gold that Johnson is looking for…it’s his happiness.

On Tuesday night, just before the Los Angeles Lakers’ big game against the Portland Trailblazers, Johnson quit his job as the president of basketball operations for the Lakers team. It was an abrupt announcement that caught everyone, including Jeanie Buss, Lakers owner, by surprise. Johnson said don’t quit his job during a quick press conference before the game, that his decision was something he couldn’t ignore. Because apparently, after just two years of being the head of basketball operations, he just wasn’t as happy as he should’ve been. In hindsight, Johnson felt his career came with too many rules.

“The fines and the tampering and the this and the that, I can’t help young men who want me to help them, or I can’t tweet out. Like Russell Westbrook, that was a great feat the other day. I couldn’t even tweet it out to say, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ If I had done that, everyone would have said, ‘He’s tampering.’ I don’t like that. I like to be free.”

Despite leaving his team hanging, Johnson feels little remorse. In fact, he’s just happy to get back to his old life. “I got a great life. Damn, I got a great life outside of this. What the F … what am I doing? I got a beautiful life. I’m going back to that beautiful life. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

As messed up as it is, kudos to Johnson for doing what’s best for him.

Thoughts? Do you respect Magic Johnson‘s reason for quitting? Could he have picked a better moment to do so? Share your thoughts below.

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