August 6, 2012 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
Exactly 76 days remain before the 2012 presidential election, and there are many questions still to be answered. Will the economy improve, or will the United States face another recession? Will substantive issues come out of the respective campaigns, or will they persist with negative attacks? And finally, will Barack Obama win a second term or will Republican nominee Mitt Romney unseat the Democratic incumbent? The Times' extensive political coverage will best answer those questions, but I can offer at least one morsel of information: It's pretty safe to say one prominent Laker will vote for Obama regardless of what happens in the ensuing two-plus months.
March 28, 2012 |
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.
October 2, 2012 |
Magic Johnson has forever oozed optimism. From his smile, uber competitiveness and on-court playmaking, Johnson never saw a challenge be believed he couldn't overcome. But even Johnson has some doubts on whether the Lakers' revamped roster, headlined by Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, will be enough to win the NBA championship. "You still have to consider Miami the favorite because they're the defending world champions," Johnson said Monday evening at Time Warner Cable Sportsnet's launch party.
July 30, 2012 |
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.
May 12, 2012 |
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.