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Magic Johnson quits Lakers' president of basketball operations post

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Magic Johnson quits Lakers' president of basketball operations post

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?

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Death, taxes and Zaza Pachulia bashing on Klay Thompson.

Those are the guarantees in life. But it's all in good fun, even on matters of the heart.

Klay recently posted a cute photo while he was in France with Laura Harrier. It was so precious, but Zaza had to ruin the moment:

"Finally somebody loves you bro," Zaza commented.

Don't worry, they're close friends and do this from time to time.

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When Klay suffered his torn left ACL, Zaza posted a sweet video on Instagram to wish him a speedy recovery -- and only because he wanted to have a dunk contest rematch. 

That's what friends are for.

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Don't bet on the B team. 

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team had their 78-game international winning streak snapped on Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. 

With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. 

Kings forward Harrison Barnes is a veteran for Team USA and scored 20 points in the loss. He was Team USA's second-leading scorer behind Celtics point guard Kemba Walker, who dropped 22. Barnes also led Team USA with six rebounds and made three of his five 3-point attempts. 

Team USA, led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, had no answer for Australia's pesky point guard Patty Mills. The longtime Spurs guard, who Popovich is well acquainted with, scored a game-high 30 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. 

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"As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,'' Popovich told reporters. 

Team USA's next tune-up before the World Cup comes Monday in Sydney, Australia against Canada.