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July 1, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash was about to board a plane from New York to Los Angeles. But first he hammered out a quick salvo to Dwight Howard on Twitter. Flying from NYC to LA. @DwightHoward we're coming for you. You're going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs! - Steve Nash (@SteveNash) July 1, 2013 Nash will be part of the Lakers delegation that meets with Howard on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will also be there, along with Kobe Bryant and Coach Mike D'Antoni.
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June 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
On his first day as an owner of the Dodgers, Magic Johnson had heard one too many questions about Frank McCourt, and what role the outgoing owner would continue to play at Chavez Ravine. "Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers any more ," Johnson said. "We should be clapping for that. " McCourt might not be part of the baseball team any more, but he remains a major player in deciding the future of the land surrounding Dodger Stadium. As  The Times reported  Wednesday night, McCourt could be the sole landlord for an NFL stadium put up on the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - As LeBron James missed shot after shot and the Miami Heat racked up some serious scoreboard debt, the question had to be asked. Was Game 3 the worst performance ever by James on the big stage? He finally started scoring in the last two minutes of the third quarter, but Miami trailed San Antonio by, ahem, 21 points, leading to second-guessing, finger-pointing, whatever you wanted to call it, as the Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. "I've never seen LeBron passive," TNT and NBA TV analyst Charles Barkley said after Game 3. "He wasn't being aggressive.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Maeve Reston and Catherine Saillant
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 | By Michael Finnegan, Maeve Reston, Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
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.
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April 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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April 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
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 | By Seema Mehta
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.
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April 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
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.
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