The next time Magic Johnson plays for the Lakers, he'll have a new shoe and most likely a new contract.
Johnson sat out the Lakers' 114-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns in their exhibition opener Monday night because of chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles' tendon. He didn't play Tuesday, either, when the Lakers played the New Monday's Game
York Knicks, as he is awaiting the arrival of a specially fitted shoe designed to cushion the strain on the Achilles.
Today, however, one of Johnson's representatives is scheduled to meet with Laker owner Jerry Buss in hopes of finalizing a new contract that will replace the existing 10-year, $25 million deal he signed with the team in 1981.