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Magic Johnson picks Lakers to win the title, Heat will get theirs later. Who didn't see that coming?

Jul 27, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for magic-johnson.jpgSan Francisco is cold in the summer. Mad Men is the best show on television (and is best enjoyed with a scotch in hand). BP will be the butt of late-night talk show jokes well past when it is funny. Justin Bieber is annoying.

Some things are just givens. Same with this: Magic Johnson, part owner of the Lakers, thinks the Lakers will win the title next season.

Anyone alive not see that one coming? But while he would never team up like those three did (yea, right), he does think the Heat’s day is coming, as he told the Los Angeles Times.

“The Lakers still have the most talent,” he said. “They’re the best team in the NBA.”

But that could change in a year or two, Johnson suggested. He said Miami needs at least a season for its new roster to get used to playing together. Mainstays such as Wade, guard Mario Chalmers and forward Udonis Haslem remain, but seven new players have filled out the roster with another spot open.

“You’ve got to remember they’re going to have [eight] new guys,” Johnson said. “They lose this year; Lakers win. I think that team may win two or three in a row” later.

Maybe the only interesting thing Magic said was that the Lakers push to sign Steve Blake and Matt Barnes as roster upgrades, that they knew they needed to be better this season. Makes sense, although the thing that would make them a really tough matchup for the Heat is a healthy Andrew Bynum come the playoffs. Which one can wonder if we will ever see, if his knees and body are really built to withstand the beating of the regular season.

  1. Bizzle - Jul 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Mad Men is overrated, It’s not a bad show but it’s not great. The writing isn’t even all that good. Why does everyone love this show so much?

  2. Kako - Jul 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Breaking Bad is the show to watch.
    Lakers are the team to beat and I don’t like em. I just know they are that good.

  3. RoyalPain - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    I tried watching Mad Men once because of all the hype about the show. Weird how it keeps winning all those awards. Nobody can watch the show unless they are soaking in booze. This show has a lower rating than Pawn Stars, Deadliest Catch, Rozzili & Isles, Hanna Montana, reruns of MLB All-Star home run contest, Harvey Birdman, The Three Stooges, etc. The 18-49 rating for this show is under 1.0. Pathetic.

  4. AusPhil - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Kurt, is it possible that people are misunderstanding what Magic (and Jordan) said about not playing with other good players? I don’t think that anyone would say that those 2 exclusively had scrubs around them, and there’s no way both of them didn’t want good players on their team. But I think that’s the difference right there: THEIR team. I don’t think Magic or Michael would have left their teams to chase titles. If players came to them, then they would make the most of it.
    I think this is why Wade has copped minimal flack (from what I’ve seen), but the other 2 (especially LeBron) have been accused of “not wanting a challenge” etc. They’ve gone to another star’s team to win, rather than getting talent to come to them and delivering on their promise with the teams that drafted them and helped develop them.
    Just my 2c.

  5. Chrmngblly - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Jeez. It is hard to blame these athletes for wanting to leave toilet-tank teams. Miami and the Lakers and the Celtics, Spurs, etc., are well managed and well coached. Who thinks the Clippers are going to compete anytime soon even though talent flows through their hands like water? The league needs to consider how to foster ownership and management parity, too, when they do a new CBA.

  6. Duke - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    It’s management that makes these superteams. Neither Wilt Chamberlin nor Kareem Abdul Jabbar drafted by the LA Lakers, yet they ended up on great teams. It was the Lakers management that made that possible. In 1980, the Celtics traded the no. 1 draft pick and another 1st round pick for Robert Parish and the 3rd pick. They chose Kevin McHale with that 3rd pick which established Boston’s big 3. Again management, not the players. In the Heat’s manuvers this spring and summer, they made cap room to make it possible to form their own big 3. Boston also did it again when they pursued KG and Ray Allen. By the way, it became KG’s team and not Paul Pierce. Everyone’s talking about Lebron becoming a 2nd option or not the leader of the team…wait and see!

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