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Former Lakers star Magic Johnson also chimed in Sunday on Anthony’s future, saying on his Twitter account: “My advice to Carmelo is to stay in New York and build a championship team at home.” Anthony and Bryant crossed paths on the court at halftime and at the final buzzer. “I can’t give ya’ll everything we talk about. A lot of the times it’s just us quote-unquote shooting the s--- and just having fun and just laughing and joking,” Anthony said. “It's not always business that we’re talking about. Or seriousness. It’s us just having fun, laughing and just catching up.” New York Daily News

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Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father, Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. "This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired," Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors. Johnson is a part owner of the Dodgers. "The biggest problem they're going to have right now … you've got to get a guy like Jerry West to be the face of the team. ... You've got to have someone helping Jim. He's got to quit trying to prove a point to everybody that he can do it on his own, get his ego out of it, and just say, 'Let me get someone beside me to help achieve the goals I want.' " Los Angeles Times

Added Johnson: "Everybody's telling me free agents don't want to sign [with the Lakers]. ... They're looking at the Lakers now as a team that's dysfunctional; who's their leader, who's the guy?" The Lakers (14-25) are in one of the worst slumps in franchise history, losing 12 of their last 13 games. They fell to 14th place in the Western Conference with a 121-114 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. "Dr. Buss was smart," Johnson said. "He said, 'I'm going to get the best dude, Jerry West, and he helped me achieve my goals. Then I went and got the best coach [Phil Jackson].' He wanted to work with the best." Los Angeles Times

December 8, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that his four dream teammates for a pickup game would be Magic Johnson,Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Interesting that Bryant omitted former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan. But Jordan excluded Bryant on his list, picking Johnson, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon for his team. Newsday

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Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

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On November 7th, 1991, Magic Johnson held a press conference in Los Angeles to reveal that he had contracted HIV, and was stepping away from the game of basketball. Just hours before the revelation that shook the NBA, Johnson shared his diagnosis with his Laker teammates in the locker room. In an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Johnson spoke about the experience of revealing the news to his fellow players, and the day his life changed forever. “I had been in the trenches with these guys. It was the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to do because I’m walking away from my family — that I had been with for years.” For The Win

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Deadspin reported last Thursday, via unnamed sources, that you were responsible for Magic Johnson being removed from Countdown. What is your response to that assertion? Bill Simmons: Those unnamed "sources" are liars. Someone planted a fake story to try to make me look bad, and there's a 99.3 percent chance it came from someone in Bristol (which presents its own set of concerns). I was upset; I can't lie. Maybe this happens to people more often than I realize, and maybe it comes with the territory, but man ... I can't properly explain how fantastic it was to watch basketball with Magic for nine months. I brought my dad to our show for the whole day once and he absolutely loved it. He just couldn't believe they paid me to watch hoops with Magic. One of Magic's best qualities is that he always makes an outsider like that feel special and [feel as if] they connected with him -- I probably watched him do it with 50 people last year. To see Magic do that for my father was something else. SI.com

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