Tag:Magic Johnson
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 10:07 am
 

Shootaround 12.7.10: Where Stern went wrong

Posted by Royce Young
  • Darren Rovell of CNBC on why the NBA messed up purchasing the Hornets: "The last point is the public relations disaster that this could create. If George Shinn and Gary Chouest couldn’t make it in New Orleans, fine. They’d say that and leave. Now it’s the NBA’s business to put this team in the best position it can and if they leave New Orleans it will be the league’s fault, not Shinn or Chouest’s fault, that they left."
  • An editorial from The Times-Picayune: "Mr. Stern and the league played an important role in the Hornets' return to New Orleans post-Katrina. The league also brought the NBA All-Star game to New Orleans in 2008, and metro residents are thankful for that support. The league is appointing Jac Sperling, a native New Orleanian and vice-chairman of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, to run the Hornets. But the new ownership raises questions as to the team's future, especially as the current lease expires in 2014.
  • Magic Johnson should buy the Hornets?
  • At The Hive on why the Hornets aren't the Expos: "The Hornets, however, are a viable, competitive, and valuable franchise. Their only problem is that George Shinn wanted out of the organization quickly, and that wasn't able to be done quickly enough for his desire and still keep the franchise in New Orleans. It's not a team, like the Expos, that were deemed to be of negative value to the league."
  • Noam Schiller of Both Teams Played Hard on MIP candidates: "Russell Westbrook: And who stands above Horford for 2nd in the league in PER? I’ll give you a hint: he plays for the Thunder and he isn’t Kevin Durant. Westbrook has taken his scoring to the next level by using his speed and athleticism to constantly get to the rim, where he either converts his shots at a career high 55.2%, or draw fouls. Russ is getting to the line 9.6 times a night (good for 4th in the league) and making his freebies at a career high 87% clip, combining with last year’s prominent leap-maker Kevin Durant to create the league’s most deadly foul drawing team. If he doesn’t make the all-star team this year, something is wrong with the universe."
Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Penny Hardaway still eyes NBA return

Former NBA all star Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway wants to return to the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliverpenny-hardaway Anfernee Hardaway, better known as "Penny," was so flipping amazing at basketball that there's no snark allowed in any posts about him.  Penny earned that distinction after being the most electric point guard since Magic Johnson, after bringing the phrase "Tyra Banks, Fool!" into America's living room and after enduring cruel injuries that robbed him of a potential Hall of Fame career. With that disclaimer, Hardaway is now 39 years old, has been out of the league since 2006, and seriously believes he should get another shot at cracking an NBA roster. Boston.com has the relevant quotes in an excellent profile.
“I still love the game and I feel like I deserve that chance, but at 39, everybody’s looking at the age,’’ he said. “They’re not looking at it as if I can still play.
“I don’t have a lot of miles on my body because my knee was hurt for so long. But I feel like I can play a minimal role on anybody’s team and help out. Role players now are playing 10-12 minutes a night. That’s simple, man.
“My knowledge, my playmaking ability, I can still knock down an open shot. I watch the game and still see things out there I can do to help teams, but who knows if that will ever happen? I doubt it, but I’ll be ready if the situation did occur.’’
The interview also includes news that Hardaway sits courtside at Memphis Grizzlies games, marinating on his past. Boy, that's depressing. Like I said earlier, no snark allowed here, so let's just use this as a good opportunity to revisit a classic Nike commercial starring Penny in slow motion, courtesy of YouTube user DaniBoxx. Spectacular. "What could have been." The four words that will haunt Hardaway for the rest of his life. 
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Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 3:31 pm
 

West statue joining Magic outside Staples

West to be honored with Staples Center statue at All-Star Weekend 2011. Posted by Matt Moore



Magic, you've got company.

ESPN LA reports that the Lakers have commissioned a statue which will be unveiled at All-Star weekend in February honoring Jerry West. It is the fifth statue to go outside Staples Center, and the third Laker-related piece. All-time great play-by-play man Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya, Wayne Gretzky and of course, Magic, also have statues outside the famous arena.

Jeanie Buss alluded to the commissioning in her recent book, "Laker Girl ," saying that there was a choice to be made between West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jabbar, despite all his stats, accolades, and legend, failed to nab the plaster. You have to wonder how much of it was due to his notorious attitude, combined with West's contributions as both a coach and General Manager for the franchise.

West carries the nickname "Mr. Clutch" and was so involved in the team throughout his tenure that during his time as General Manager he could hardly stand to watch the games.

He looked good in gold. He'll look good in bronze.

Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:04 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Shootaround 10.25.10: Season starts tomorrow

Rejoice! The NBA season starts tomorrow. As the league's 30 teams make final cuts and set their rosters, here's a first look around the NBA at this week's happenings. Magic talks contraction, Delonte dances, Steve Nash gripes, Jeff Green stays focused, Shelden Williams and Jason Terry start, plus a whole lot more.  
Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson tells NaplesNews.com he would be in favor of contraction in the NBA. “How much would it hurt the league if we lost teams? It wouldn’t hurt it. It might make it better,” Johnson said. “… I think if you take away a couple teams, the talent level goes up and the league will only benefit, so I don’t see a problem with that. We just hope that we put a good product out on the court, and that’s the key.”
  • Phoenix Suns all star point guard Steve Nash tells Seth Pollack of SB Nation Arizona that he wouldn't bet on the Suns to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and that the team has chemistry question marks. "To be honest, if I was outside this picture and a betting man, I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys."
  • Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News writes  that perennial sixth man of the year candidate Jason Terry will open the season starting for the Mavericks. "Terry started at shooting guard Friday in a 97-96 win over Houston in the preseason finale. Coach Rick Carlisle has kept a tight lip on who will start the opener against Charlotte. But it appears Terry has the inside track, at least until Roddy Beaubois returns from left foot surgery."
  • It's a contract year for both forward Jeff Green and guard Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks tells Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman that he's not worried about Green putting his own interests above the team. "Maybe because I know him,” Brooks said. "I know who he was when he came into the league, and he hasn't changed. He still works every day in practice. He still tries to get better. He still tries to make the right play. He's not forcing shots. He's not taking bad shots … He hasn't forced anything in camp. He's a pro and he likes being on this team.”
  • ESPN.com's Michael Wallace quotes LeBron James on Celtics fans in advance of tomorrow's season opener between Boston and Miami. "They bleed green; that’s all they care about,” James said. “We have to be mentally focused and mentally prepared. Some arenas believe and love basketball more than others. Sometimes, more history adds more intimidation. Not saying it’s an intimidation factor for me. It’s never been an intimidation factor for me. But as far as the crowd and as far as the team, Boston is one of those hostile environments to play.” 
  • Minnesota Timberwolves wing Martell Webster, acquired in a draft night trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, will find out if he needs surgery on an ailing back today. Jerry Zgoda of StarTribune.com quotes Webster: "It's just one of those things that starts to nag and you don't want to make it worse."
Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Magic Johnson wants to own NBA or NFL team?

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson tells the Los Angeles Times that he will investigate the options for owning a professional sports team. Posted by Ben Gollivermagic-johnson It's been a busy week for Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.  First, he sold his 4.5% ownership stake in the Lakers on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, Johnson announced he was liquidating his Starbucks ownership assets, worth more than $100 million.  Tonight comes word from Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that Johnson will continue to serve in his role as Vice President of the Lakers but that he is interested in becoming a majority owner of a professional sports team but that several rumored deals have not developed or progressed.
Johnson said Wednesday he will "look at every opportunity" in the future to become a majority owner of a sports team, but that he hasn't joined forces with anybody yet. However, Johnson said he wants to play a role in bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. "I talked with Golden State. I will talk with [Ilitch about] Detroit," Johnson said. "Just because you talk, that doesn't mean you are going to do a deal. But I'll be looking at every opportunity because I'm a businessman and that's what I do. I look at deals every day."
Turner notes that Johnson says he hasn't yet had any discussions regarding bringing a National Football League team back to Los Angeles, but that he "really, really wants" the NFL to return to the city. Johnson also is quoted as saying that he would welcome discussions regarding the NFL "in two seconds." It has been 15 years since the NFL had a franchise in Los Angeles. The NFL's Rams franchise left Los Angeles for St. Louis in 1995. The NFL's Raiders franchise left Los Angeles for Oakland in 1995.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:38 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Magic sells his 105 Starbucks; what's he up to?

Posted by Royce Young

A day after Laker legend Magic Johnson sold his 4.5 percent share in the Los Angeles Lakers, he has also sold his 105 Starbucks franchises he owns back to the company he purchased them from for over $100 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Adding today's sale with yesterday's, Magic has quickly put upwards of $160 million in his pocket quickly. So the question is, what is he up to?

A source tells the L.A. Times that he's not necessarily interested in purchasing an NBA franchise as is widely rumored. But the source told the paper he's interesting in something "in sports."

At different points, Johnson was linked to potentially buying the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, though those rumors have been refuted a bit. And if he's not interested in buying, could he be having financial issues? The source says that's not the case but in these two cases, they were just good "business decisions." As mentioned earlier, Magic reportedly got a Godfather offer from Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong that he couldn't refuse.

While obviously most feel that Magic is looking into potentially purchasing an NBA franchise much like his buddy Michael Jordan, some feel Johnson could actually be interested in the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that throws a curveball into the whole thing (that was lame, I apologize).

But if Johnson decided to make a play in the NBA, here's the top five franchises I hope he buys.

1. Los Angeles Clippers - I don't know if he would, but this seems like it makes a lot of sense. At the same time, it doesn't make any. Johnson is forever a Laker and for him to purchase the in-town rival seems a little weird. But Donald Sterling's time is up and Johnson could be the perfect guy to step into that franchise. Plus, Johnson stays in L.A., stays in the Staples Center and stays in the bright lights. I'm rooting for this.

2. New Orleans Hornets - The sale of the Hornets is stalled and maybe this is an opportunity for Johnson to swoop in and reinvigorate the franchise. And something seems right about Magic Johnson being Chris Paul's boss.

3. Indiana Pacers - Granted, the Pacers aren't really for sale, but they are in a bit of danger of leaving Indianapolis. The city approved a new bill to tie the Pacers to the downtown arena, but still things are great in Indy for the Pacers. Forget all that stuff though, I'm just thinking about uniting Magic and Larry Bird together in the front office. I think that would be cool.

4. Phoenix Suns - Robert Sarver is known as a pretty tight, greedy owner in which his team has won in spite of. He's long been rumored to potentially be parting with the team at some point and having Johnson take over would work. The Suns are a fun West Coast franchise that should always be a staple in the Western Conference. Maybe Magic could give them a bump.

5. Memphis Grizzlies - I think most agree it's kind of Michael Heisley's time to go. Especially after his disastrous interview in which he revealed he really didn't know what he was doing.

Again, Johnson isn't necessarily buying, but I'm here to speculate so that's what I did. He's selling stuff off for some reason and it makes sense for him to get in the NBA ownership game. And as well-spoken and business-minded he is, I can't help but think he'd be as excellent at it as he was at basketball.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:57 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Shootaround 10.19.10: Magic's Godfather offer

Posted by Ben Golliver
 
 
 
 
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