HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

May 13, 2014 Updates

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

Sterling could go on and on, and he will again. For all the apologies the NBA wants to give Magic Johnson, many within the league believe they know how Silver and the owners will ultimately make this right: awarding Magic and his ownership group's bid the franchise. The league can transform a pariah brand name into a magnificent monolith. Magic's partners with the Los Angeles Dodgers are motivated to meet the billion-dollar-plus asking price, and perhaps go even higher. Yahoo! Sports

Johnson is "the exact opposite" of the way Sterling portrayed him on "Anderson Cooper: 360," said Lon Rosen, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I've known Earvin since 1979 and his whole mission in life has been to create business opportunities in urban America and to be charitable," Rosen told The Times on Monday. "He has literally donated tens of millions of dollars of his own money to organizations and individuals forever and ever and ever. "In 1986, he decided to create the United Negro College Fund summer basketball game. He did this while he was a player. He raised millions and millions of dollars. He did this on his own for years. "He has opened up movie theaters in urban markets across America. He had 124 Starbucks in urban cities across the country. His business model has revitalized urban America and he continues to do it." Los Angeles Times

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

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