HoopsHype Magic Johnson rumors

October 9, 2014 Updates

Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and David Stern are all names synonymous with the NBA’s rise in popularity during the 1980s. But there were, of course, key personnel in the league office building the foundation for success in the decades to come. Terry Lyons was one of those individuals. In fact, he filled some of the most important roles behind the scenes. ““Terry Lyons’ enormous contributions to our media relations efforts for almost three decades have been a key driver to our growth, domestically and internationally,” Stern was quoted as saying in a statement posted on Lyons’ website. ” He has grown up with the NBA and the NBA has grown up with him. Terry has traveled the world on behalf of the NBA and Team USA, spreading the basketball gospel. He has worked arduously to enhance international media coverage of our teams and our games and he has made the NBA office a welcoming center for the global basketball community and international media. We will miss him greatly, and wish him continued professional success and much personal happiness.” Ed Odeven Reporting

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"We had too much talent to be playing that bad," Johnson said. "I expected more. The fans expected more. I just said, 'Hey man, we gotta make a change. We can't keep going like this.' You could see the players were not responding. We can't keep going like this. And when the players are not responding, you've got to make a change." Johnson called Kasten and Eric Holoman, the president of Magic Johnson Enterprises, and told them it was time for a coaching change. So much for the idea going around the WNBA that Johnson wasn't going to be an active owner. ESPN.com

Johnson said he went to the Sparks' first-ever game at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood in 1997. Dr. Jerry Buss owned the team then. Penny Toler made the franchise -- and the WNBA's -- first basket. "That's who taught me so much about business," Johnson said of Buss, who died in 2013. "He was a man who knew how to connect the dots. He knows what the fans want, as far as expectations. That's what we're trying to deliver on. That's what I'm trying to do now." ESPN.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

DS: You know, over the years, we were working on so many different -- you mean, when we were working with Magic Johnson and HIV, or dealing with Latrell Sprewell and the thing with his coach? We were dealing with Ron Artest going into the stands, we were dealing with [Tim] Donaghy, we were dealing with Gilbert Arenas. We were dealing with subsequent lockouts. We managed to keep very, very busy -- like, Holy Moses, what's up today? What's on the table? And so, for us, there was a lot to do. Me: Is $2 billion for the Clippers an outlier? DS: Oh, no, I don't think it's an outlier at all. I think it values one of the markets with the highest television revenue locally. It values the opportunity, the sponsorships, the ticket prices, the building, in a spectacular way. And well deserved. NBA.com

August 6, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Derrick Rose were among a group of NBA superstars set to travel to Israel to support a basketball team co-owned by Amare Stoudemire -- but TMZ Sports has learned the trip's been 86'd due to the Gaza conflict. Our sources in the Holy Land tell us the legion of NBA talent -- which also included Robin and Brook Lopez and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin -- was going to attend the opening of a new arena in Jerusalem on September 4. TMZ.com

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Serena Winters: Yesterday, Magic said he had a long conversation w/ Pau Gasol before he ultimately made his decision to continue career in Chicago. Magic Johnson: "He (Pau) was really hurt by the way he was treated." Specifically how he was mis-used last year, "He could never get over that." Twitter

July 30, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson also said he tried to convince Carmelo Anthony to leave the New York Knicks in an hourlong phone conversation. Johnson noted that he spoke at length with Pau Gasol, who chose to leave for the Chicago Bulls instead of staying with the Lakers. "We had a great conversation but I think the way he was treated last season, kind of hurt him," said Johnson. "Here's a guy 18 [points] and 10 [rebounds], shooting over 50% and you want to bench him? You want to mess with this guy? He could never get over that." Los Angeles Times

Magic Johnson was on hand on Monday when the Lakers welcomed his former teammate, Byron Scott, as the Lakers' next head coach. Had Scott not taken the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010, he might have been hired by then-owner Jerry Buss after Phil Jackson retired after the 2010-11 season. "Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil didn't know what he was going to do" in 2010, said Johnson. "Byron took the Cleveland job, and he took it too early. I called and said: 'B., you took the job too early. Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach." Los Angeles Times

July 29, 2014 Updates

Johnson said Dr. Jerry Buss, late owner of the Lakers, wanted to hire Scott. “We were in a suite,’’ Johnson said Tuesday. “(Buss) called me up there and he said, ‘Ervin, you know, I would love, I think, for Byron to coach this team one day.’ And Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil (Jackson) didn’t know what he was going to do.’’ But Scott took the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I called him and said, ‘B, you took that job too early!” Magic recalled. “‘Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach.'” For The Win

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