HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

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For those in attendance who wanted some sports talk mixed in with business acumen, Magic Johnson didn’t disappoint. When asked who would win a game of one-one between him and Michael Jordan, he didn’t hesitate. “Michael would win. That’s not my game. My game is assisting, setting up my teammates. Michael’s the greatest one-on-one player. I couldn’t go out and drop 60 like him, but he couldn’t run a team like I could.” Midland Daily News

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Odom has not been able to escape the scrutiny of gossip websites that have touted his alleged drug use, prompting widespread concern in the NBA community. "I wish my friend @RealLamarOdom is doing well," Lakers forward Pau Gasol tweeted Tuesday. "All these rumors are really worrying me. Lamar is one of the best guys I've ever played with." The previous day, Lakers legend Magic Johnson tweeted, "I hope my man and former Laker, Lamar Odom is doing okay." Los Angeles Times

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The Lakers said little about their vast championship history (16 NBA titles) and storied franchise players (Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Or that they could sign Howard to a five-year deal worth $118 million as opposed to a four-year deal worth $87.6 million with any other team. "He has seen the championship banners every day in the facility and the retired jerseys," said a league source familiar with the details surrounding the meetings. "The Lakers know how Dwight feels about their past and legacy. They didn't want to go into that. "Their concern to him was the present and future." Long Beach Press-Telegram

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LeBron dominated these Finals. His all-around game on as full a display as ever, he led the series in points (177), assists (49) and steals (16). Nobody has done that since Magic Johnson in 1987, when he led the Lakers and Celtics in those stats. The last player to lead the Finals in any three of the five major stats – points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – was Tim Duncan, who led the 2003 Finals in points, rebounds and blocks. NBCSports.com

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