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“This is the worst for the two biggest cities, L.A. and New York. It’s not good for the league,” Johnson said Saturday during a signing event at Steiner Sports NBA All-Star Pop Up Shop in Midtown. “It’s great that everybody else is better, but we’ve got to have the Mecca of basketball, the city, playing well. “We’ve got to have the Lakers being relevant as well,” Johnson said. “So I feel for Derek [Fisher] and Phil [Jackson] just as I feel for Jeanie [Buss] and the Lakers.” New York Post

February 11, 2015 Updates

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said he has serious questions about whether Jim Buss can turn around the team, which is mired in the worst period in franchise history. "Jim is trying to do it himself and trying to prove to everybody that this was the right decision that my dad gave me the reins," Johnson said Tuesday on ESPN's "First Take." "He's not consulting anybody that can help him achieve his goals and dreams to win an NBA championship." ESPN.com

Later, in an appearance on Stephen A. Smith's SiriusXM/Mad Dog Sports Radio show, Johnson again questioned Buss, although this time he did so while referencing Lakers star Kobe Bryant. "And I really believe this: [Kobe] should ... say to Jim and them, 'Look, if you don't sign one of these free agents [this offseason], man, I'm just not going to play next year,'" Johnson said. ESPN.com

February 10, 2015 Updates

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is open to dishing out another big assist ... to the NFL. The NBA icon told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that he can envision becoming involved with whatever NFL franchise ultimately lands in Los Angeles, which would bolster local presence as the league ponders a return to the USA's second-largest market. Johnson -- who has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and a new professional soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club – said that he hasn't been contacted about a role by anyone with an NFL connection but is open-minded regarding the prospects. USA Today Sports

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In a recent issue of Ebony, Johnson and his wife, Cookie, addressed topics ranging from Donald Sterling to wealth building. Regarding her marriage, Cookie is quick to admit that her and Magic have had “our ups and downs.” “We had a period where we were about to separate,” Cookie revealed. “There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working. Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.” Daytona Times

December 28, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson created a mess earlier this month by saying the Lakers should "lose every game" and secure a top-five draft pick. Some Lakers fans hated it, some loved it. Lakers players and coaches definitely didn't like it. But when Johnson and good friend Byron Scott ran into each other a week later, there was no such talk. Los Angeles Times

"When I saw him, he just said, 'You're doing a great job. Just keep doing what you're doing,'" said Scott, who wasn't thrilled when Johnson initially talked about tanking but said he forgot to bring it up when they saw each other. "I didn't even think about the tanking stuff," said Scott, in his first season as the Lakers' coach. Los Angeles Times

December 14, 2014 Updates

 Magic Johnson the other day said he hopes the Lakers lose all their games. What do you make of that mentality? Flip Saunders: I’m never a proponent to just say tank games or lose games. You’re letting players off the hook. Depending on who you have out there, you might not have to worry about it. … I know what Magic is saying, and I’m sure it’s how most people look at it: If you’re not going to be a playoff team, you’re better off getting as high a (draft) pick as you can. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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