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BRESNAHAN'S TAKE

What's gotten into this Bay Area reporter?

Magic Johnson reach out to Allen Iverson? Don't count on it.

November 28, 2009
  • Allen Iverson's NBA career came to an end after only two months with Memphis. Or did it?
Allen Iverson's NBA career came to an end after only two months with… (Kyle Terada / US Presswire )

Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends on the day of his self-designated "Lakers game of the week." The Lakers play tonight at Golden State.

Uh-oh.

Tim Kawakami's acting strangely.

The former Times reporter who covered the Lakers a few years before I stumbled into the picture has been a literary thorn in the side of the Golden State Warriors as a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.

He has weighed in on a world of chaos up there, badgering a franchise that hasn't played for a championship since 1975.

But his musings the other day were stunning. The Warriors won an admittedly impressive game in Dallas despite using only six players, prompting Kawakami to write that it was their "greatest effort since the first round of the 2007 playoffs."

"OK, time for me to get scalded by Warriors homers who have kept the faith and wanted to swat me silent," Kawakami wrote. " . . So come on, rip me. [Tuesday night] is yours. Maybe the rest of the season will be yours, too."

What in the name of broken Bay Bridges happened to NorCal's muckraker? Where did he go? Bring Tim back! Bring him back now!

Q&A of the day

Q: Am I the only one who believes that Magic Johnson could talk Allen Iverson into a backup role with the Lakers? Iverson would have a chance to win a title and have a starring role on the second team!!!

--G. Taylor, Jacksonville, Fla.

A: Yes, you're the only one who believes that Magic Johnson should talk Allen Iverson into a backup role with the Lakers.

This calendar year, the guy has disappeared in Detroit with an injury after being demoted to second team; inadvertently helped Denver become one of the top teams in a Kwame Brown-for- Pau Gasol way; and lasted all of about a month in Memphis before staging his own coup.

Johnson is busy making, like, $497 trillion a day with his real-estate endeavors. He has better things to do than reach out to Iverson.

Final thought

Easy one tonight. Lakers in a landslide over the Warriors. No need to even watch the game. Let Kawakami and me handle this one.

mike.bresnahan@latimes.com

twitter.com/Mike_Bresnahan

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