James opened up on the news of Johnson’s decision — which came April 9, shortly before the team’s season finale against Portland — on his HBO show “The Shop,” which aired late Saturday night. James said he got the news from longtime friend Randy Mims while he was stretching for the game, and didn’t believe it until he checked his phone.
“Man, get the f–k out of my face. You bulls–ting,” James said of his initial reaction.
“Personally for me,” James added on the show, “I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization having a conversation with Magic. So it was just weird for him to be like, ‘Nah, I’m out of here.’ And not even have no like, ‘Hey, ‘Bron, kiss my ass, I’m gone.’”
ESPN reported that James and his agent, Rich Paul, had met with Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka a few days before Johnson stepped down, but James said he received no hint of the upcoming resignation.