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Magic Johnson’s analysis in this Dodgers tweet might just blow you away

Hard to disagree with Magic on this one …

Donald Sterling: Magic Johnson is not a good example for the children of LA

Magic JohnsonDonald Sterling recently sat down for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that will air on Monday night. The discussion features Sterling’s first public apology as well as a half-hearted apology to Magic Johnson.

“The only one I’ve talked to is Magic Johnson — twice,” Sterling told Cooper. “He knew the girl, he said. He knew the girl well. If I said anything wrong, I’m sorry. He’s a good person and he…”

At that point, Sterling looked like he was making a conscious effort to refrain from saying something that would get him into further trouble. He then made it clear that he is not Magic’s biggest fan.

“What am I gonna say?” Sterling asked. “Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, you know, he’s great. I just don’t think he is a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

Johnson and Sterling obviously don’t like each other. How much of that has to do with Sterling’s history of racism is unclear, but Sterling probably views Johnson as a threat on some level. Magic has admitted he is interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers, and we know the NBA would consider any proposal from him and his billionaire backers.

As for the stuff about Magic not being a good example for the children of LA, we’re not really sure what Sterling is referring to. Perhaps he will reveal more in the full interview.

Magic Johnson admits he’s interested in buying Clippers

Magic JohnsonBefore NBA commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Donald Sterling, rumors were already circulating that Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers are interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers. Johnson was quick to deny the reports, probably because he works as an NBA analyst for ESPN and didn’t want his opinions to come across as biased. On Wednesday, Johnson admitted he is interested.

“I will be owning an NBA team sometime,” Johnson told a gathering of business leaders at a convention in Beverly Hills, according to Ben Bergman of 89.3 KPCC. “Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It’s one of the premiere franchises.

“I think the fans have already spoken. They would like us to own the team. But we have to wait and see.”

Now that Silver has basically guaranteed he will get enough votes to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, Johnson probably feels more comfortable making his intentions known. Everyone from Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a popular B-list actor has already expressed interest in buying the team, but Johnson would obviously be the most realistic.

The NBA would have to approve a new ownership group, and Magic and company would have no problem getting approval. Sterling is not going to give the Clippers up without a fight, so we’re still a long way off from anyone bidding on the team. When the time comes, expect Magic’s name to be 100% in the mix.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Charles Barkley rips Magic Johnson for celebrating Mike D’Antoni resignation

Magic JohnsonWhen Magic Johnson sent a celebratory tweet after Mike D’Antoni announced he is resigning from his position as Los Angeles Lakers head coach on Wednesday, most of us felt the same way. D’Antoni wasn’t exactly put in a position to succeed, so it was kind of cruel for Magic to dance on his grave like that. Charles Barkley alluded to that on “Inside the NBA” Wednesday night.

“Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that,” Barkley said, via For the Win. “Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.”

Magic has been unhappy with the state of the Lakers for quite some time now. He has expressed disappointment with Jim Buss, blamed D’Antoni and blamed the players. But it’s not D’Antoni’s fault that Kobe Bryant has suffered two serious injuries that ended back-to-back seasons. Barkley pointed that out while talking to co-host Ernie Johnson.

“The Lakers weren’t going to win with Phil Jackson, either, Ernie,” Barkley added. They don’t have good players. … We know Phil Jackson’s arguably the greatest coach ever. The Lakers don’t have players, Ernie. They’re not a good team. Kobe Bryant is one of the 10 greatest players ever. He’s never going to be what he was. They don’t have good players. I’m not sure if Phil Jackson really wanted that job. The Lakers stink, and they’re going to stink.”

I agree. D’Antoni obviously hasn’t utilized Pau Gasol to the best of his abilities, but you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s—. Magic didn’t need to kick him while he was down.

Magic Johnson dances on the Mike D’Antoni grave

Magic JohnsonKick a man while he’s down, why don’t you, Magic Johnson.

It was no secret that Magic was not happy with the Lakers. He’s expressed his disappointment with Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, and the franchise as a whole over the past few years.

But when the Lakers announced Wednesday that D’Antoni resigned as head coach, nobody celebrated harder than Magic, who sent this tweet:

Ouch!

Magic Johnson reportedly interested in buying Clippers

Magic JohnsonThe pressure on Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers is only going to increase by the day. The NBA wants him out, and league commissioner Adam Silver is expected to make a decision on possible disciplinary action against Sterling by Tuesday. If the most stubborn owner in the NBA does decide to sell the team, Magic Johnson reportedly wants in.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Johnson is “absolutely interested” in purchasing the Clippers with the help of his billionaire backers the Guggenheim Partners. Sterling would never go down without a fight, but it is within the realm of possibility that Silver and the NBA could force him to turn over the team.

As Wojnarowski noted, Johnson and his people are looking to build a sports empire in Southern California. After cleansing the Los Angeles Dodgers of what had become a miserable ownership group in recent years, Johnson and Guggenheim inquired about purchasing the Los Angeles Lakers. The Buss family made it clear that the team is not for sale, but you get the point.

“This is 100 percent Magic’s plan,” a league source familiar with buying and selling franchises told Yahoo! Sports.

Sterling is always going to be viewed as a racist, and deservedly so. If you didn’t already know he was a bigot, the recent audio recordings that were released should remove all doubt. Unfortunately, Johnson was specifically targeted during Sterling’s rant. If there is a “best thing” Sterling can do in this situation, it would be to move aside and allow one of the people he disrespected to take over the franchise.

Magic Johnson sends possibly dumbest tweet of all time

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Magic Johnson has outdone himself this time. The Los Angeles Lakers legend has said some ridiculous things while working as an NBA analyst, but nothing he has ever said on the air can top what he wrote on Twitter Thursday night.

Hey, he’s right. There’s just no possible way the Heat or Spurs are going to hoist the championship trophy this year if they don’t get to the NBA Finals. Some teams may be able to accomplish that seemingly impossible feat, but it’s not going to happen for Miami or San Antonio.

People can rip on Magic all they want, but the man speaks the truth. For that, we applaud him.