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Magic Johnson wants to buy the Dodgers, putting one of Los Angeles' most beloved sports figures in pursuit of the city's cherished baseball team. Johnson announced his bid in an interview Friday with Times columnist Bill Plaschke. "I love baseball," Johnson told Plaschke. "I've been a Dodgers fan and gone to the park many, many times." Los Angeles Times
I asked Cuban about owning the Dodgers, figuring for sure he would pop off. That is his reputation. Great copy for a columnist. But Cuban went gutless, the mighty mouth muzzling himself. That would suggest he really does have an interest in buying the team, opting not to say anything to avoid riling up Selig. What a disappointment, as I told him, and do we really want an owner here who is afraid to rile up Selig? "Just make up something that you want me to say,'' Cuban said, "and then put my name to it.'' All right, my kind of owner, after all. Los Angeles Times
"When I become owner of the Dodgers, fans will never again have to worry about the Dodgers having enough money to sign the best players,'' said Cuban, although I made it up because that's what I would like the next owner of the Dodgers to say. "I will spend so much money, Bud will consider fining me. As you know I've racked up something like $1.665 million in NBA fines, so if that's what it takes to have the best team in Los Angeles, bring it on, Buddy boy. "I matched every dollar that I was fined and donated it to charity. I do believe in community, and have the check stubs to prove it. Los Angeles Times
"Now I don't want to brag, but before I bought the Mavericks, Dallas won 40% of its games the previous 20 years. We're winning at a 69% clip ever since I took over in 2000. I'm a happily married man, and you have to love that. "I will lower the price to park, because how can I expect anyone to come to Dodger Stadium with the left fielders this team has employed? I will stand up and boo Jonathan Broxton like most of you. "I know how to tweet, and we'll have people so excited about the Dodgers again no one will notice Jeanie's boy toy is back in Montana. Good riddance, by the way, and how about letting another team win the NBA title for a change? "That way I can get everyone watching the Dodgers again. I know Bloomberg has reported I'm selling all my Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures so I can pay cash for the Dodgers. But I have plenty of cash. Cash will never be a problem, and when was the last time a Dodgers owner could tell you that?'' Los Angeles Times
Based on how he has handled the Mavericks, I asked Phil Jackson how Cuban might do as Dodgers' owner. "He'd really improve the quality of their team,'' Jackson said. "He's improved the quality of [the Mavericks] every time he's rebuilt.'' Do you like the kind of owner he's been? "I wouldn't want him behind my bench,'' Jackson said. "Where could he be in baseball?" I told him right behind home plate — mugging for the cameras, of course. It'd be nice if someone sat in those empty seats. "Can't be in the dugout anymore?" Jackson said. I told him that was Cuban's first question, but he was advised that baseball doesn't allow it. "Tell him to speak to Ted Turner," said Jackson, alluding to the owner of the Braves who got around the dugout rule by declaring himself the manager of the team. Los Angeles Times
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