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In the third quarter Tuesday, in the midst of his fifth career season averaging a double-double with at least 18 points per game, Paul surpassed the 13,000 career point mark. By doing so, he became one of only four players in NBA history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists in fewer than 700 career games. The only other players to achieve that feat? Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. “Jamal Crawford said it the other day, and I always try to make an imprint, a lasting imprint, things like that,” Paul said after the win against the Lakers. “That’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.” NBA.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

KC Johnson: Pau Gasol is finalist for Magic Johnson award, presented annually by PBWA for combo of excellence on court w/ cooperation with media/fans. Twitter @KCJHoop

March 22, 2015 Updates

Magic Johnson knows greatness when he sees it. The Michigan native led Michigan State to a National Championship before embarking on one of the best careers in NBA history earning MVP honors and championships with the Los Angeles Lakers en route to a spot in the Hall of Fame. And he sees greatness in Saginaw native and current Golden State Warrior Draymond Green. "He's one of the best overall players we have in the game of basketball," Johnson said. "If you take probably LeBron, Klay Thompson, probably right now (Russell) Westbrook. I would say he's one of the Top 5 all-around players in the league." Booth Newspapers

Who would he have chosen to play with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson? “With “Showtime” they loved to get the ball up and down the court and Magic loved to get the ball to the big man. He would be feeding me lobs and dunks all day long. Michael would be scoring 60, I’d have to go get the rebound.” FanSided

March 12, 2015 Updates

Riley and Anthony Mason had their battles, but there was also much love, which made attending Mason's funeral last week so difficult. "When one of your players, that you coached very intensely for five years, leaves the planet before you do, it's like one of your children," Riley said. "It's just very hard." He's been around long enough to see several other favorites—his Forever Men, from Brian Grant to Magic Johnson to Alonzo Mourning—endure serious health hardships. "When Earvin went down, we thought it was the worst," Riley said. "When Zo went down, we thought it was the worst. When Chris, you think it's the worst....So it really affects you." Bleacher Report

March 9, 2015 Updates

Then Magic started off. He called guys out on how they just wanted to be Lakers for the parties and the girls. He reminded them how nobody at the parties cared about them, just that they were Lakers. Since they didn’t take care of business, next year they would be gone and the girls would be interested in whoever else was wearing the Laker uniforms. Right about then somebody’s beeper went off. It is 7:20 in the morning and a beeper goes off (remember it’s 1994). Magic stiffens up like a hunting dog and starts zooming in on the sound. It’s muffled like its in a gym bag but the room is pretty small and we can all hear what direction it’s coming from. SheridanHoops

I’m biting my tongue trying not to laugh. This is going to be great! Luckily I didn’t have a beeper so I can just enjoy the show. The damn beeper won’t stop beeping. Finally Magic focuses in on Vlade Divac, who has his hand in his pocket trying unsuccessfully to turn it off. “Vlade, hand me the beeper” says Magic. Vlade hands it over sheepishly. Magic holds it up and says, “See this is exactly what I am talking about” and he turns around and throws it like a fastball into the wall, WHAM. It shatters into a million pieces. Vlade looks like a fish on the dock. His gills are moving furiously but no sound is coming out. SheridanHoops

While there was plenty of blame to go around, the bottom line is that when the relationship breaks, things go into the crapper at warp speed and there is little chance of fixing it. For the Nuggets, it seems likely that major changes will result from this. Good chemistry is almost impossible to pull from a bad situation like this one. A new coach will naturally want to remake the roster, so look for the Nuggets to be bad for a while. It’s a shame for a team that was so close to getting over the hump. The team didn’t contend again in LA until they reworked the roster after getting Shaq and Kobe. In Orlando, the Magic weren’t good again until they gutted the roster and built around Dwight Howard. SheridanHoops

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February 15, 2015 Updates

“This is the worst for the two biggest cities, L.A. and New York. It’s not good for the league,” Johnson said Saturday during a signing event at Steiner Sports NBA All-Star Pop Up Shop in Midtown. “It’s great that everybody else is better, but we’ve got to have the Mecca of basketball, the city, playing well. “We’ve got to have the Lakers being relevant as well,” Johnson said. “So I feel for Derek [Fisher] and Phil [Jackson] just as I feel for Jeanie [Buss] and the Lakers.” New York Post

February 11, 2015 Updates

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said he has serious questions about whether Jim Buss can turn around the team, which is mired in the worst period in franchise history. "Jim is trying to do it himself and trying to prove to everybody that this was the right decision that my dad gave me the reins," Johnson said Tuesday on ESPN's "First Take." "He's not consulting anybody that can help him achieve his goals and dreams to win an NBA championship." ESPN.com

Later, in an appearance on Stephen A. Smith's SiriusXM/Mad Dog Sports Radio show, Johnson again questioned Buss, although this time he did so while referencing Lakers star Kobe Bryant. "And I really believe this: [Kobe] should ... say to Jim and them, 'Look, if you don't sign one of these free agents [this offseason], man, I'm just not going to play next year,'" Johnson said. ESPN.com

February 10, 2015 Updates

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is open to dishing out another big assist ... to the NFL. The NBA icon told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that he can envision becoming involved with whatever NFL franchise ultimately lands in Los Angeles, which would bolster local presence as the league ponders a return to the USA's second-largest market. Johnson -- who has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and a new professional soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club – said that he hasn't been contacted about a role by anyone with an NFL connection but is open-minded regarding the prospects. USA Today Sports

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