You can't make this stuff up.
Though the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers still had one more game to play Tuesday night, the absurdity of their disappointing season was supposed to have subsided weeks ago. They'd been out of playoff contention since March 22, and LeBron James had joined Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma on the sidelines nine days later.
And yet, in an ending befitting their chaotic campaign, the Lakers once again found themselves at the center of attention on Tuesday, when Magic Johnson held an impromptu media scrum before the season finale to announce he was stepping down as president of basketball operations.
If you missed that scrum, here's a quick recap of what a teary-eyed Johnson said:
It was a whirlwind resignation that was somehow even more bizarre than Johnson's tumultuous two-year tenure in charge.
During that time, he was hit with multiple tampering charges for public comments about Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He surrounded James with the most ill-fitting supporting cast possible and then defended the post-LeBron transactions by saying tough-guy teams had fared better than shooting teams in the previous postseason. He also disparaged D'Angelo Russell's leadership skills after trading him to the Nets, only to see Russell blossom into an All-Star and help bring Brooklyn to the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Despite landing James last summer, it became painfully obvious rather quickly that the Hall of Fame point guard was out of his depth as a team president.
With his decision to step down, Johnson can now go back to his life as a beloved former athlete and humanitarian while overseeing his various business interests and reassuming his role as Basketball Twitter's Captain Obvious with terrible takes.
The Lakers, meanwhile, continue to plunge further into the type of dysfunctional abyss the franchise had avoided for decades. Can they escape from such organizational chaos? Sure. As Johnson noted during his media address, the Lakers are "halfway there" simply by having James in the fold. And perhaps Johnson's departure is just the type of spark Buss needs to clean house and restore order.
Then again, that's what she was supposed to be doing when she fired her brother and replaced him with a Lakers legend in Johnson two years ago. That's what the franchise was supposed to be doing when it lured James to Los Angeles last summer.
It turns out Johnson couldn't do it. A 34-year-old James, hobbled by injury, couldn't do it, at least in Year 1. Who's up next?