Warriors

Warriors

Remember when the Lakers were supposed to be the biggest threat to the Warriors' three-peat quest?

Turns out there were just the biggest threats to themselves.

Magic Johnson shockingly stepped down from his post as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night. He announced the news at an impromptu press conference, and ESPN's Dave McMenamin chronicled the odd situation as it happened on Twitter.

Stunning is right. Everyone expected major changes with the Lakers, who missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, but Johnson quitting wasn't high on the list. You almost have to watch Magic's twisty-turvy announcement to believe it.

And quitting without even telling the owner first? Well, that's a bad look.

This entire season, though, has been a bad look for the Lakers, who entered with high expectations before injuries to LeBron James and other key players, trade rumors and reports of internal strife derailed things.

The big move everybody expected from the Lakers was coach Luke Walton being fired. Reportedly, that's still expected to happen, too.

The Lakers hoped to be big players in free agency this summer, but front-office uncertainty can't possibly help that endeavor. We mean, why would Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson want to step into this mess?