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August 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Before an attentive crowd, Magic Johnson performed something that Lakers fans have become accustomed to seeing. Johnson dished. He flashed his signature Magic smile. Johnson brought a championship mind-set. This time, the setting didn't take place in the Fabulous Forum. Johnson wasn't making a beautiful no-look pass. He wasn't smiling over a clutch shot, such as his junior hook in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. No confetti dropped from the ceiling commemorating the Lakers winning yet another title.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Let there be no doubt. Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' most powerful executive. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," she said in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I'm president and governor of the team and I have empowered the basketball operations, the front office, to put together a basketball team, working within the confines of the collective-bargaining agreement. " She indicated why the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension last November before he returned from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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March 28, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
When a Lakers icon buys the Dodgers, you can bet current Lakers take notice. Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a lot to say after the news broke Tuesday night that the group headed by Magic Johnson will be the Dodgers' new owners. "I'm upset he didn't cut me in," Bryant said jokingly. "I'm going to have to talk to him about that. " But Bryant has a hard time seeing himself ever owning a sports team. "No. Well, I mean, if it's in a big market like Los Angeles or something like that, then yeah.
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In late January, Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, deciding to halt his public criticism of the team. Johnson has been critical of owner/executive Jim Buss, and the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni to coach the team over Phil Jackson. On Wednesday, Johnson couldn't hold his tongue. I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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July 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Only a few months ago, Magic Johnson stared into an ESPN camera and offered a stern warning directed at one specific figure in the Lakers' front office. "Jim Buss, brother, you have a job to do," Johnson said. "I'm telling you right now because if you don't do it, you're going to hear from me. " Well, Buss has done his job. The Lakers acquired veteran elite point guard Steve Nash, a move General Manager Mitch Kupchak partly credited to Buss since he prodded Kupchak to pursue him even if it seemed unrealistic.
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May 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers released a statement Saturday that was anything but magical. The Lakers were obviously irritated that Magic Johnson weighed in so heavily on Coach Mike Brown's job security, calling it his "personal opinion" as an ESPN analyst. "His words were not made on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, and in no way do they reflect the feelings or position of team ownership or management," said the team statement, which was released four hours before the Lakers were scheduled to play Denver in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.
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July 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Let's make one thing clear. Magic Johnson can't think of a single scenario in which the 2012 U.S. men's basketball would beat his esteemed 1992 Dream Team. Even if Kobe Bryant and LeBron James believe otherwise. "They know we will crush them," Johnson said. He then let out a laugh through his signature Magic smile Saturday in an interview with The Times, moments before holding a brunch at the Skirball Cultural Center for his self-named foundation. Still, Johnson hardly took offense to suggestions by Bryant and James leading up to the 2012 Olympics that their team would beat what many consider to be the most dominant basketball team ever put together.
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October 24, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
Magic Johnson's relationship with Larry Bird, like so much else about Johnson, was one of the best things the NBA ever saw. They started out hating each other as rivals in the 1979 Michigan State-Indiana State NCAA final, the highest-rated basketball game of all time; re-floated the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, then, in an unexpected inspiring turn, became lifelong friends, showing themselves and everyone else how much of themselves an urban African...
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November 9, 1991 | JULIE CART and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The prominent NBA player met a beautiful young woman after a road game at a restaurant near the arena and, after a few drinks, asked if he could go home with her. She agreed, with one condition. In return for her companionship, he had to give her a pair of autographed sneakers. When they arrived at her bedroom, he fulfilled his part of the agreement, producing the shoes from his shoulder bag and signing them.
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October 2, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
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February 21, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage. This a dynasty or a soap opera? Well, actually it's both. Welcome to Showtime, the run-and-gun Lakers of the 1980s, one of the most successful yet dysfunctional franchises in the history of sports. What a tonic Jeff Pearlman's new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team's disastrous current season.
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February 6, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'd say Magic Johnson is two-faced, but I guess it's more like three-faced. Or maybe 223-faced. It gets so hard. Magic, as you know, was put out there as the face of the Dodgers' new ownership, a beloved Los Angeles sports figure come to save the locals from the dastardly reign of Frank McCourt. His big, wonderful smile everywhere. He even got a bobblehead. Magic warned at the ownership's introductory news conference, front-office employees best be ready to come to work at 8 a.m. every day and roll up their sleeves, because he would.
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February 5, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Earvin "Magic" Johnson said Wednesday that he's willing to do whatever he can to turn the Lakers into a championship-caliber team, including doing some grassroots recruiting. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom. " Johnson pointed out that he has always had a special touch when mediating negotiations between players and Lakers' brass.
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February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
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February 5, 2014
Magic Johnson said Wednesday that his investment group can turn the Sparks into a profitable WNBA team. "We know what we're up against and that's OK," Johnson said. "We love challenges. We feel, yes, we're going to eventually make a profit, no question about it. That's why we're in business, to make a profit. " The investment group, led by Lakers legend Johnson and the Dodgers' controlling owner Mark Walter, purchased the Sparks from Paula Madison and her family-owned business.
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February 4, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks have been sold to an investment group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company. Todd Boehly and Bobby Patton, other members of the group that paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers in March 2012, are also in on the Sparks purchase. The only Dodgers owner who is not is Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The WNBA had no comment about the Sparks purchase, which was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the situation.
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August 14, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Happy 50th birthday to Magic Johnson . . . . Eighteen years ago, when Johnson made his bombshell announcement that he was HIV positive, few expected the Lakers star would see his 33rd birthday, much less his 50th. . . . "His impact on increasing awareness that you can live with the disease has been phenomenal," says Cynthia Davis , director of HIV education and outreach at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. "Even today, 30 years into the epidemic, there are people who aren't educated and feel that it's a death sentence."
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February 4, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks have been sold to an investment group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company. Todd Boehly and Bobby Patton, other members of the group that paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers in March 2012, are also in on the Sparks purchase. The only Dodgers owner who is not is Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The WNBA had no comment about the Sparks purchase, which was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the situation.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers' injuries keep coming, as if anything's really surprising anymore. Pau Gasol was the latest to receive bad MRI exam results and was expected to miss at least a week because of a strained right groin, the Lakers said Saturday. He won't be available for their three-game trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia, which means the Lakers might be 20 to 25 games under .500 when Kobe Bryant returns from a fractured knee. Or, it should be said, if Bryant returns from a fractured knee this season.
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