HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

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

December 11, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant took the more pragmatic approach, trying to see Johnson's view from above. Johnson is a former minority owner of the Lakers, a role he currently holds with the Dodgers. "I think the fans are hopefully... well, some of them are probably smart enough to understand his perspective as an owner. I certainly am," Bryant said. "Magic's one of the most competitive players of all time. He doesn't want to lose. From an owner's perspective, his opinion is to get top picks and to be able to use those as leverage to trade and get a competitive team and so on." Los Angeles Times

With the Lakers once again struggling, Magic Johnson admitted that he thinks the team should try to lose every game in an attempt to get a better draft pick. Should the Celtics take a similar approach? Tommy Heinsohn is not on board with that plan. "I will leave the city if the Celtics were to do that," said Heinsohn. "You're in here to create a winning attitude. CSNNE.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Johnson, speaking at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City, said he wants his former team to lose enough games to contend for a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious." ESPN.com

Johnson, speaking at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City, said he wants his former team to lose enough games in order to contend for a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious." ESPN.com

December 4, 2014 Updates

The scope of Earvin (Magic) Johnson’s impact on the basketball world is unquestioned: The Hall of Famer redefined the point guard position, captured five championships and played a leading role in driving the NBA’s international growth. But Johnson’s influence has only increased since he retired in 1996, becoming the chief executive of a billion-dollar company, the public face of a global health cause and a major philanthropist. To honor those diverse contributions, Sports Illustrated announced Thursday that Johnson has been recognized with the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award. Johnson, 55, is the second person and first professional athlete to receive the honor in SI's 60-year history. Sports Illustrated

Johnson will be presented with the award during SI's Sportsman of the Year ceremony on Tuesday in New York. “It is an honor to receive this award from Sports Illustrated,” Johnson said. “I grew up reading the magazine, which also gave me my first national exposure in its ‘Faces in the Crowd’ feature. Now, 37 years later, to be recognized by SI with a tribute that has only been given to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a woman who has made the world a better place for millions with intellectual disabilities, is very special and humbling.” Sports Illustrated

October 26, 2014 Updates

Earvin Magic Johnson: Jeremy Lin is going to be a good starting PG for the Lakers w/ his ability to get in the lane and create shots for himself & his teammates. Jeremy Lin: @MagicJohnson thanks for the kind words! Humbled that it came from you!! Twitter @JLin7

October 23, 2014 Updates

Abbott’s piece de resistance is a rarely-attempted defense of Jim Buss, suggesting that he gave Bryant that $48.5 million last winter—before Kobe played, after which he came back and lasted six games—to avoid a public squabble over a new contract. Actually, Jeanie Buss made that call, not her brother. After losing Howard, they were terrified of losing Kobe, although at his pay scale, he had nowhere to go. The real key for the Buss kids was it was what their father did, as in 1991 when he gave Magic Johnson a one-year $14.6 million extension, bigger than half the NBA payrolls at the time. Forbes.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and David Stern are all names synonymous with the NBA’s rise in popularity during the 1980s. But there were, of course, key personnel in the league office building the foundation for success in the decades to come. Terry Lyons was one of those individuals. In fact, he filled some of the most important roles behind the scenes. ““Terry Lyons’ enormous contributions to our media relations efforts for almost three decades have been a key driver to our growth, domestically and internationally,” Stern was quoted as saying in a statement posted on Lyons’ website. ” He has grown up with the NBA and the NBA has grown up with him. Terry has traveled the world on behalf of the NBA and Team USA, spreading the basketball gospel. He has worked arduously to enhance international media coverage of our teams and our games and he has made the NBA office a welcoming center for the global basketball community and international media. We will miss him greatly, and wish him continued professional success and much personal happiness.” Ed Odeven Reporting

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