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October 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now for some more good news. It just doesn't stop for the Dodgers, unless possibly in the opener Friday of the National League Championship Series. For today, though, all is well. A confident Dodgers bunch is in St. Louis with two of the best pitchers in the National League -- Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw -- set to start the first two games. And then this news tidbit comes from ESPN: Magic Johnson will not return to the cable channel as an NBA studio analyst. “I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role,” Magic said in a statement.
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October 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
In the battle of Magic Johnson versus Bill Simmons, a winner has emerged - and the former Lakers star is leaving ESPN. Johnson said Thursday that he feels a "strong connection" to the sports network but that he has other priorities that will keep him from continuing in his role as an NBA analyst for the season that begins Oct. 29th.  "I love ESPN," Johnson wrote in a statement. "Unfortunately, due to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role.
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October 4, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
If Clayton Kershaw continues to pitch the way he did Thursday night, the long-term contract to which the Dodgers intend to sign him this winter could cost them even more than they expect. That's fine with minority owner Magic Johnson, who was at Turner Field to watch Kershaw overcome early control problems to lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of their best-of-five National League division series. "We already know we have to give him a lot of money," Johnson said.
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October 4, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
- The Dodgers' top executives wouldn't say Thursday whether Manager Don Mattingly would return next season, but they offered overwhelmingly positive reviews of his performance. "I think he's done well, don't you?" said Mark Walter , the team's controlling owner. Co-owner Magic Johnson had a similar view. "Don has done an amazing job," Johnson said. "It could've gone a lot of ways when we were in last place. " Mattingly's contract includes a team option for next season.
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October 4, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan and Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers might end up in the World Series while the Lakers might not even make the playoffs this season, which left Magic Johnson facing a double-edged question. Is Los Angeles becoming a Dodgers town again? The Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988, an uncommonly long drought for the team that moved here in 1958, two years before the Lakers arrived from Minneapolis. The Lakers, meanwhile, have won five of the last 13 NBA championships but have had quick playoff exits the last three years.
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October 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ATLANTA - The Dodgers' top executives wouldn't say Thursday whether Manager Don Mattingly would return next season, but they offered overwhelmingly positive reviews of his performance. "I think he's done well, don't you?" said Mark Walter , the team's controlling owner. Co-owner Magic Johnson had a similar view. "Don has done an amazing job," Johnson said. "It could've gone a lot of ways when we were in last place. " Mattingly's contract includes a team option for next season.
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August 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Video: LeBron James picks his top 3 NBA players of all-time On Wednesday, LeBron James gave Fox Sports his top-three NBA players of all time: Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and Larry Bird. Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson was notably absent from the list, earning a response on Twitter .       LeBron is entitled to his opinion, but I still think that he and I have a similar game and that's why I LOVE to watch him play! - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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August 22, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
LeBron James, the reigning MVP of the NBA, was asked to name the top three basketball players of all-time in a recent interview with Fox Sports.  At first, James struggled. "Michael Jordan," James said. "Uhhh, wow, Michael Jordan. [James then proceeded to make a chipmunk noise.] Ahh, this is tough. " After stalling, James decided on the next two players on his list: Dr. J and Larry Bird. "You give me three, oh my God," James said.  The interviewer then pointed out that James picked Bird instead of Magic Johnson, a controversial choice considering their rivalry.
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August 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
New Lakers Nick Young and Wesley Johnson are putting in off-season work at the team's practice facility. On Thursday, the Lakers released a glimpse of their small-forward tandem putting up shots with the help of player development coach Mark Madsen. You can watch the video at the bottom of this post. There is no offseason for @NickSwaggyPYoung and @Weside11 . https://t.co/jCjjwWzjUj - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 15, 2013 Both Young and Johnson can also play shooting guard, but with Metta World Peace now gone via the team's one-time amnesty clause, there are plenty of minutes available at small forward.
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August 14, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Hall of Fame Lakers legend Magic Johnson celebrates his 54th birthday Wednesday. Happy bday @MagicJohnson ! - Kobe Bryant ( @kobebryant ) August 14, 2013 Johnson won five NBA titles with the Lakers, starting in 1980 at the end of his rookie season.  The 6-foot-9 point guard won the NBA Finals MVP and the league's regular season MVP three times apiece. Who is the greatest Laker of all time? While Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West may have claims -- it was Johnson who revitalized the Lakers and the NBA in the eighties.
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