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Magic Johnson, Jerry West says, was the superstar who had the strongest opinions about who he wanted on the team, and while West heard him out, he didn’t always heed Magic’s advice. “He liked his friends, and we didn’t like them as much as he did sometimes,” West says.
Johnson blasted Buss over the hiring of Mike D’Antoni in 2012 instead of former coach Phil Jackson. He went on several TV and radio shows ripping Buss, saying he wouldn’t be able to bring the Lakers back to relevance. “Magic Johnson going nuts on me?” Buss said with a laugh. “It’s like, ‘Really, dude? My dad made you a billionaire almost. Really? Where are you coming from?’ ”