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THE DODGERS SALE

Lakers say good move

March 29, 2012
  • Lakers owner Jerry Buss is among those who have congratulated Lakers great Magic Johnson on his group's agreement to buy the Dodgers.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss is among those who have congratulated Lakers great… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Reactions from the Lakers and throughout the NBA that Magic Johnson's group is buying the Dodgers:

Jerry Buss

Lakers owner

"Magic Johnson is probably the most beloved sports figure in Los Angeles history. In addition to being a phenomenal success on the court in leading the Lakers to five NBA championships, he has been a success in everything else he's become involved with, most notably his spectacular business career and also his educational campaign on behalf of HIV awareness. I'd like to congratulate Magic and his partners on their acquisition of the Dodgers and wish them the best of luck."

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, April 01, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 2 inches; 77 words Type of Material: Correction
Dodgers sale reaction: In the March 29 Sports section, a list of comments by pro basketball figures on the sale of the Dodgers included a quote attributed to Bill Walton on Twitter: "Magic Johnson won 5 titles, owns lucrative businesses in 'poor' areas, owns a MLB team, and beat HIV.... After years of mismanagement, Magic Johnson looks to clean up the Dodgers." In fact, the comments were from two tweets by a Walton impersonator with the Twitter name @NotBillWalton.

Kobe Bryant

"Magic's got his hands everywhere, man. But I'm happy for him. Obviously, everybody knows how well-loved he is in Los Angeles and he's starting another chapter in his life and another chapter in his post-NBA career of rebuilding the Dodgers' franchise."

Pau Gasol

"It's incredible. He's a great model to follow as a top athlete that has accomplished so much on the floor. I think what he's been able to do off the floor has been even more impressive. ... He just continues to build on it and it's a great example for many athletes to understand what he did, what it took. He actually came into the locker room last year and gave us a little talk about how he got there and all the things that he's done. How much he's done is incredible. But also it takes good partnerships, good relationships, and he invested his time to do that, so I think he's definitely somebody we all should all look up to as far as post-career basketball."

Daniel Gibson

Cleveland Cavaliers guard

He tweeted: "Magic Johnson group 2 Bil for the Dodgers?! I say the boy got his OWN Money...."

Bill Walton

Hall of Famer

He tweeted: "Magic Johnson won 5 titles, owns lucrative businesses in 'poor' areas, owns a MLB team, and beat HIV. ... After years of mismanagement, Magic Johnson looks to clean up the Dodgers."

Micky Arison

Miami Heat owner

He tweeted: "Congrats 2 @MagicJohnson on the Dodgers. How about moving them back2 Brooklyn-just kidding. My 1st BB game was at in Ebbets."

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