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Matt Kemp thinks he could beat Magic Johnson in basketball

March 28, 2012
  • Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was a standout basketball player in high school.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was a standout basketball player in high school. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

PHOENIX -- Say what you want about these Dodgers, but they sure don't lack for confidence.

Matt Kemp said Wednesday morning he could "definitely" beat Magic Johnson in a one-on-one game of basketball. Kemp was a standout basketball player in high school.

"Probably not back in the day," Kemp said, laughing. "I'd definitely take him one-on-one now. I don't think he's shooting hoops no more. He's wearing suits now. He's writing my checks."

Dee Gordon, another former high school basketball player, said he was also confident he could beat the 52-year-old Johnson.

"He has no chance," Gordon said.

Tony Gwynn Jr. said he thinks a game between him and Johnson would be "not even close" -- Johnson would beat him.

Gwynn laughed at Gordon's claim that he could take on Johnson.

"Dee thinks he can take anybody," Gwynn said. "Dee thinks he can play in the NBA."

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