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Unlike his playing days in which he made dazzling passes and clutch shots, Magic Johnson is not expected to assist the Lakers in their latest quest to return to championship contention. Johnson suggested earlier this year he would like to help the Lakers in recruiting potential free agents. But Johnson, who is part of the ownership group that owns the Dodgers, is currently on vacation in Italy and will likely return in a couple of weeks, said a source familiar with Johnson’s itinerary. Because of that schedule, Johnson would not be around for any of the Lakers’ potential meetings with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Los Angeles Daily News

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A group of people from the Bay Area created this amazing “100% Pure Adam Sterling Silver” shirt, featuring the NBA commissioner that banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. All profits from the shirts will be donated to the Magic Johnson Foundation. The site also features a $1,000,000 sterling silver necklace, but it is currently sold out. For The Win

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During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday, Magic Johnson revealed Pistons owner Tom Gores asked him to be of his ownership group. Johnson said he declined. Johnson also noted he’s been asked to be part of NBA ownership groups, including Golden State. Detroit News

Johnson said the recent revelations about Sterling support the accusations that former Clipper general manager Elgin Baylor made in a lawsuit, alleging that he was a victim of age and race discrimination, and that Sterling had a "plantation mentality." "And now we all feel bad that we didn't support [Baylor], because we should have," Johnson said. "And everything that he said is coming to light today. " Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2014 Updates

Johnson also was interviewed by "Anderson Cooper 360," with it set to air Tuesday night. In that interview, Johnson calls Sterling "a man who's upset and he's reaching." "He's trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it's not going to happen. It's not going to happen," Johnson told CNN in a soundbite from the show released by the network. "The board of governors now have to do their job. Adam Silver, our commissioner of the NBA, did a wonderful job of banning him for life. Now the Board of Governors have got to do their job." ESPN.com

Johnson told TMZ he's sent over 10,000 minorities to college and through his Magic Johnson Foundation has invested over a billion dollars in urban America and has put more than 50,000 minorities into jobs. He said he's given inner-city kids access to computers to do their homework via the 18 technology centers his foundation is responsible for and he's overseen food and toy drives and job fairs. "I'm proud of my work and I'm excited about what I do," he said. ESPN.com

Johnson, however, said Sterling still hasn't apologized to him for his comments. He also said Sterling wanted Johnson to appear with him in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters but Johnson refused. "Donald Sterling reached out to me, I took the call. I'm the one, when he wanted me to go on Barbara Walters with him and try to save him and his reputation, I told him I would not go on the show with him and I told him you should seek the advice of your attorney and try to make this thing go away," Johnson told TMZ. "Whether that's making a deal with [girlfriend V Stiviano] or whatever the case may be. And, No. 1, you've got to apologize not only to me but all minorities out there because you haven't apologized yet. He said, 'oh, I'm gonna get to that. I'm gonna get to that.' Not once, even today, has he has never apologized to me or the other minorities he offended." ESPN.com

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