On the latest episode of his HBO series “The Shop,” James said he was disappointed and caught off guard by Johnson’s decision last month.
“I came here to be part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic,” the former Cavaliers star said. “So, it was just weird for him to be just like, ‘Nah, I’m outta here’ and not even have, no, like [talks into imaginary phone], ‘Hey, Bron. Kiss my ass, I’m gone. It wasn’t even that.”
But during ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday, Williams noted the irony of James feeling some way about Johnson not informing him of his plans to walk away from the L.A. Lakers.
“You did the same thing twice.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 6, 2019
“That was the same thing we saw when [LeBron] did it to Dan Gilbert,” basketball analyst Jay Williams pointed out, astutely, on the program. “When he made his decision, he didn’t call Dan Gilbert and give Dan Gilbert a heads up. This is the same thing– we also saw LeBron do when he made the decision to leave Miami. He had Pat Riley fly all the way out to Vegas to pitch him on it. He didn’t give Pat Riley a call.”
Williams added, “What goes around, comes around in the circle of life,” he said. “Come on, you did the same thing twice. You can be mad about it, but that’s the way it goes.”
As we previously reported, Johnson quit after he was copied on emails between team co-owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka criticizing his performance with the Lakers, via Sporting News.
Fox Sports 1 analyst Ric Bucher shared details about the emails during his appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
“My understanding is that there were some emails that were exchanged between Rob and Jeanie about Magic and about what Magic was and wasn’t doing,” Bucher told Cowherd. “They were critical emails. And somehow, some way, Jeanie from what I understand was CC’ing or BCC’ing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol, standard issue. Somehow the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CC’s that were going to Magic,” he explained.