HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

May 12, 2014 Updates
May 10, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson said Friday that none of the current Los Angeles Clippers players would play for the team if Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of team owner Donald Sterling, retains her 50% ownership stake in the team. "Those guys are not going to play for anybody (named) Sterling," Johnson told USA TODAY Sports and two other reporters at the Omni Dallas Hotel. "It's just how it is. It's hard to separate the two. ... It's going to be hard for them to sell that to the fans and definitely to the players." USA Today Sports

But Johnson said it is impossible to separate Shelly Sterling from her husband, even though her voice was absent from the audio recording. He noted past allegations about deplorable living conditions by tenants who lived in properties owned by the Sterlings. "When they accused them of (being) slumlords, that was both, it wasn't one person," Johnson said. "It was both of them. ... They will never recover from this. All the sponsors pulling out, they will pull out for good if she is owning it. It's not going to be the same." USA Today Sports

May 1, 2014 Updates

The Donald Sterling saga could be coming full circle: What began as the owner’s racist rant about not wanting Earvin (Magic) Johnson attending Clippers games could end with Johnson owning part of the team. “I will be owning an NBA team sometime," Johnson told a gathering of business leaders Wednesday at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills. "Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It's one of the premiere franchises." SCPR

Johnson said that — whatever you may think of Sterling — he ran a good business, one Johnson and his partners at the Guggenheim Investment Group would like to buy if the price is right. “I think the fans have already spoken," Johnson said. "They would like us to own the team. But we have to wait and see.” SCPR

Charles Barkley didn’t like what his fellow Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA analyst had to say. It wasn’t anger as much as disappointment, like when your parents catch you trying to sneak downstairs to eat all the cookies and play video games. Here’s what the TNT analyst said on Inside the NBA on Wednesday night, after the tweet was read: “Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.” For The Win

April 30, 2014 Updates

V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal, said she was “very saddened” by the NBA’s decision to ban him from the sport for life, her attorney said Tuesday. V. Stiviano “never wanted any harm to Donald,” Calabasas lawyer Mac Nehoray of Calabasas told The Times. He said the 31-year-old is still reeling from the release of the recordings in which Sterling chastises her for associating with African Americans, including Magic Johnson. He said that “someone released it for money” but it wasn’t Stiviano. “My client is devastated that this got out,” he said. Los Angeles Times

April 29, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson: I wish I was in LA, I would be at the Clipper game tonight! I am urging all the Clippers' fans to go out and support the team tonight against the Warriors! Twitter @MagicJohnson

Despite his denial of ownership interest in the Clippers, Magic Johnson and potential investors spent part of Monday working to understand the avenues to which they could eventually make a deal to become Clippers owners, sources told Yahoo Sports. If the franchise becomes available, Johnson wants to be positioned to make a deal. Yahoo! Sports

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun? He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then? TIME

April 28, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Sorry to ruin a beautiful idea, but source close to Magic says "zero, zero, zero conversations" about buying the Clips. Magic has said publicly he'd want to buy an NBA or NFL team, but Clippers aren't for sale and it's very hard for NBA to force a sale. Twitter @ramonashelburne

Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, want a chance to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. "Magic's absolutely interested," one source closely connected to Johnson's business interests told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. Yahoo! Sports

Make no mistake: Magic's Dodgers group is angling for a Southern California sports empire. Magic Johnson and Guggenheim had been aggressive in pursuing a purchase of the Los Angeles Lakers – only to have the Buss family make clear to them the franchise isn't for sale, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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