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In a recent issue of Ebony, Johnson and his wife, Cookie, addressed topics ranging from Donald Sterling to wealth building. Regarding her marriage, Cookie is quick to admit that her and Magic have had “our ups and downs.” “We had a period where we were about to separate,” Cookie revealed. “There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working. Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.” Daytona Times

December 28, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson created a mess earlier this month by saying the Lakers should "lose every game" and secure a top-five draft pick. Some Lakers fans hated it, some loved it. Lakers players and coaches definitely didn't like it. But when Johnson and good friend Byron Scott ran into each other a week later, there was no such talk. Los Angeles Times

"When I saw him, he just said, 'You're doing a great job. Just keep doing what you're doing,'" said Scott, who wasn't thrilled when Johnson initially talked about tanking but said he forgot to bring it up when they saw each other. "I didn't even think about the tanking stuff," said Scott, in his first season as the Lakers' coach. Los Angeles Times

December 14, 2014 Updates

 Magic Johnson the other day said he hopes the Lakers lose all their games. What do you make of that mentality? Flip Saunders: I’m never a proponent to just say tank games or lose games. You’re letting players off the hook. Depending on who you have out there, you might not have to worry about it. … I know what Magic is saying, and I’m sure it’s how most people look at it: If you’re not going to be a playoff team, you’re better off getting as high a (draft) pick as you can. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 11, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant took the more pragmatic approach, trying to see Johnson's view from above. Johnson is a former minority owner of the Lakers, a role he currently holds with the Dodgers. "I think the fans are hopefully... well, some of them are probably smart enough to understand his perspective as an owner. I certainly am," Bryant said. "Magic's one of the most competitive players of all time. He doesn't want to lose. From an owner's perspective, his opinion is to get top picks and to be able to use those as leverage to trade and get a competitive team and so on." Los Angeles Times

With the Lakers once again struggling, Magic Johnson admitted that he thinks the team should try to lose every game in an attempt to get a better draft pick. Should the Celtics take a similar approach? Tommy Heinsohn is not on board with that plan. "I will leave the city if the Celtics were to do that," said Heinsohn. "You're in here to create a winning attitude. CSNNE.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Johnson, speaking at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City, said he wants his former team to lose enough games to contend for a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious." ESPN.com

Johnson, speaking at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City, said he wants his former team to lose enough games in order to contend for a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious." ESPN.com

December 4, 2014 Updates

The scope of Earvin (Magic) Johnson’s impact on the basketball world is unquestioned: The Hall of Famer redefined the point guard position, captured five championships and played a leading role in driving the NBA’s international growth. But Johnson’s influence has only increased since he retired in 1996, becoming the chief executive of a billion-dollar company, the public face of a global health cause and a major philanthropist. To honor those diverse contributions, Sports Illustrated announced Thursday that Johnson has been recognized with the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award. Johnson, 55, is the second person and first professional athlete to receive the honor in SI's 60-year history. Sports Illustrated

Johnson will be presented with the award during SI's Sportsman of the Year ceremony on Tuesday in New York. “It is an honor to receive this award from Sports Illustrated,” Johnson said. “I grew up reading the magazine, which also gave me my first national exposure in its ‘Faces in the Crowd’ feature. Now, 37 years later, to be recognized by SI with a tribute that has only been given to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a woman who has made the world a better place for millions with intellectual disabilities, is very special and humbling.” Sports Illustrated

October 26, 2014 Updates

Earvin Magic Johnson: Jeremy Lin is going to be a good starting PG for the Lakers w/ his ability to get in the lane and create shots for himself & his teammates. Jeremy Lin: @MagicJohnson thanks for the kind words! Humbled that it came from you!! Twitter @JLin7

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