HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

April 29, 2014 Updates

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

April 26, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson: TMZ reported this morning that Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn't want me or other African-Americans to come to Clippers games. @cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner. I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans. LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA. Twitter @MagicJohnson

April 20, 2014 Updates

Although Jim and Jeanie Buss say the family is committed to keeping the team, it only requires a "yes" vote by four Buss siblings to force the sale of the Lakers. Philip Anschutz, whose company owns Staples Center and the NHL Kings, and who personally owns 27% of the Lakers, holds the "first look" if the Buss family decides to sell its two-thirds ownership stake. It's not as strong as a right of first refusal, but it allows Anschutz a chance to buy the team. But if Anschutz passed because the Busses asked for too much, the Chicago investment group Guggenheim Partners, owner of the Dodgers, would eagerly jump into the bidding. The Guggenheim group envisions employing former Lakers star Magic Johnson as the ceremonial face of the franchise, a role he currently holds with the Dodgers. Los Angeles Times

March 27, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah’s ‘Dream Team’ starting 5: Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki; Small Forward: Corey Brewer; Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; Point Guard: Magic Johnson. beyondthebuzzer.com

March 19, 2014 Updates
March 13, 2014 Updates

Bryant, true to form, took the final shot in this fourth-quarter effort, attempting to spark an East Coast-West Coast showdown for Jackson's services. And even with the Knicks on the verge of victory, Bryant was hardly alone. Fellow Lakers Legend Magic Johnson, naturally, was there to assist. USA Today Sports

March 12, 2014 Updates
March 10, 2014 Updates

"There weren't a lot of 'us' in the locker room," Johnson said. "Whether it was Earvin or Bob Lanier or Julius [Erving], we tended to get the opportunity to get more time with these emerging stars, and also get better quotes. We had an opportunity, once the conversation went past the game, we'd talk about life. Again, we were all the same age. A lot of these conversations happened over a meal. I remember Buck Williams calling me in the hotel -- what are you doing tonight? It wasn't just Earvin. It was a lot of emerging black stars, like Isiah [Thomas], who just gravitated toward us. These were smart guys who went to college, maybe just one or two years, but they were smart." NBA.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

Then Steve Smith asks LeBron to name the NBA’s Mount Rushmore, which is not easy. “I would say obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and you got Magic Johnson. And I would say my fourth… this is so tough, the greatest players of all time that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore… this is not fair. You know how many great players there is? “Oscar Robertson.” Then comes the question that will ignite hours of sports talk radio: When his career is over, will LeBron be up there? “Yes.” Why? “Because I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot on that (mountain).” NBCSports.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

James, who has previously talked about being one of the greats of all time, was responding to a question during the interview when asked to name his personal Mount Rushmore, the four greatest players of all time. James' first three selections which he called the "easy three," were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. He deliberated before taking Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice. ESPN.com

February 6, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson, to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom." Los Angeles Times

February 5, 2014 Updates

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