June 12, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO -- Magic Johnson always speaks his mind when discussing the Lakers. Always. So it wasn't surprising to hear him pick them apart, specifically Dwight Howard and Mike D'Antoni, in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Will the Lakers be a better team if they re-sign the soon-to-be free agent Howard for five years and $118 million? "I don't know. It just depends on who they put around him," said Johnson, an ABC analyst and unpaid Lakers vice president. "You have to have some great players around him, and then Dwight Howard has to get better.
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May 18, 2013 |
After remarks by Magic Johnson and Rep. Maxine Waters, it was Wendy Greuel's turn to remind a few dozen black supporters at a South L.A. rally on Saturday that African Americans could swing the mayoral election her way on Tuesday. “They always underestimate this community,” Greuel, the city controller, told the crowd outside her Crenshaw Boulevard office. “They've always underestimated me too. And what do we do? We prove them wrong.” While Greuel cast herself as the underdog in Tuesday's runoff, her rival, Eric Garcetti, warned volunteers in Westchester not to take victory for granted in a contest that remains fluid to the end. “We're ahead, but we're not winning," the city councilman told them on a break from phone calls to voters who might need some prodding.
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May 18, 2013 |
After remarks by Magic Johnson and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, it was Wendy Greuel's turn to remind a few dozen black supporters at a South L.A. rally on Saturday that African Americans could swing the mayoral election Greuel's way on Tuesday. "They always underestimate this community," Greuel, the city controller, told the crowd outside her Crenshaw Boulevard office. "They've always underestimated me too. And what do we do? We prove them wrong. " While Greuel cast herself as the underdog in Tuesday's runoff, her rival, Eric Garcetti, warned volunteers in Westchester not to take victory for granted in a contest that remains fluid to the end. "We're ahead, but we're not winning," the city councilman told them on a break from making phone calls to voters who might need some prodding.
April 29, 2013 |
Magic Johnson could watch only so much. With the Dodgers already facing a double-digit deficit against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning, Johnson left his seat in the owner's box and quickly disappeared down a nearby stairwell. Johnson still lasted longer than Ted Lilly did in the Dodgers' 12-2 defeat on Monday night, as the soft-tossing left hander pitched only three innings and was charged with five runs and eight hits. The Dodgers have four starting pitchers on the disabled list - Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano and Stephen Fife.
April 20, 2013 |
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well. The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance. The year was 1996, and after lurching through the regular season into a first-round, best-of-five series against the Houston Rockets, the unsteady Lakers collapsed into a dysfunctional heap. After they played one of their worst games of the season in losing the series opener at the Forum, Magic Johnson, in his brief foray between retirements, challenged coach Del Harris.
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April 17, 2013 |
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel will be on the air at 4 p.m. Wednesday with the first broadcast television ad buy in the runoff election campaign. The 30-second spot is biographical and features some of the city controller's most prominent backers - basketball legend Magic Johnson, Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Mayor Richard Riordan. Called “Crises,” the ad highlights Greuel's role in delivering federal aid during the Northridge earthquake when she worked in President Clinton's administration, helping former Mayor Tom Bradley start the LA's BEST afterschool program and her work as controller.
April 15, 2013 |
The Dodgers have asked fans to treat the San Diego Padres with respect when the two teams meet at Dodger Stadium on Monday, four days after Padres slugger Carlos Quentin threw Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to the ground and broke his collarbone. "Dodgers fans: What's done is done," catcher A.J. Ellis tweeted late Sunday night. "Please respect the Padre fans at Dodger Stadium tomorrow and do what you do best! Cheer US on!" Quentin himself lowered the temperature considerably on Sunday, when he agreed to serve his eight-game suspension immediately rather than continue the appeal process.
April 13, 2013
"I heard there are some smart people at Stanford. That wasn't too smart. " - Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, on Padres slugger (and former Stanford student) Carlos Quentin, who broke the collarbone of Zack Greinke by charging the mound and flinging him to the ground, after what Quentin decided - and Greinke denied - was an intentional hit by pitch. "Not sure what I would do if someone charged and lowered their shoulder at me … but lowering mine back prob isnt at the top of the list" - Cleveland Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano, on Twitter, on Greinke's reaction to Quentin rushing the mound.
April 13, 2013 |
The men had celebrated into the wee hours of the morning. Sleep would come, later. The Dodgers were theirs, and for the first time these men could introduce themselves as owners rather than bidders. Mark Walter, the incoming chairman, sat in a conference room, patiently explaining that, no, the new owners did not believe they had overpaid. Stan Kasten, the incoming president, talked about supporting the Dodgers' thin front office rather than dismantling it. Magic Johnson had plenty to say too, but he took a moment.
April 9, 2013 |
AT&T has released a bonus video featuring Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell. The four NBA champions and Hall of Famers shot a couple of spots for AT&T's " It's not complicated " campaign, and in the new outtakes video Johnson struggles repeatedly with his lines as Russell tells him, "Take your time. No turnovers today. " Russell, who has as many championships as Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar combined gets a respectful, "Yes, sir" from Johnson.