February 21, 2014 |
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.
February 6, 2014 |
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.
February 5, 2014 |
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.
February 5, 2014 |
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.
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.
February 4, 2014 |
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.