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Magic Johnson has tempered reaction to Mike D’Antoni’s resignation (just kidding)

May 1, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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Magic Johnson went over the top in his complaining about the Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson, undermining D’Antoni’s credibility with a segment of Lakers fans already predisposed to support Jackson.

Eventually, Johnson pledged to stop complaining.

But apparently D’Antoni resigning expired the statue of limitations on that (or at least allowed for back-handed grousing).

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Soon, the Lakers will have a new coach for Magic to complain about. Whoever takes the job, it’s difficult to see him having much success next season.

D’Antoni was dealt a bad hand in roster quality, even though a Steve NashKobe BryantPau GasolDwight Howard core once seemed so promising. Those players just never stayed healthy (or, in Howard’s case, in Los Angeles) long enough to thrive.

It’s impossible to know how D’Antoni would have done with a better roster – and more support.

  1. void96eater - May 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    No mercy. Lol.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - May 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Wow. I thought Magic was better than this.

      • void96eater - May 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        I thought so too. He handled this poorly, to say the least. The majority of the fanbase wasn’t happy with D’Antoni, but it wasn’t necessary for him to blast him like this..

        He really dropped the ball here.

  2. jhb64 - May 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Majic is getting a little to big for his pants

    • asimonetti88 - May 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      He’s just saying what every other Lakers fan is thinking as well.

      • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        exactly…apparently because he’s a former player, he’s not suppose to a be a fan…wtf

      • asimonetti88 - May 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Former players can’t be fans?

      • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM


        We’re on the same page. I’m wondering the same thing.

      • k3nn3k - May 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Every other Laker fan is not a public figure, a TV Personality, an ex NBA owner, a current team owner. Point is, just like Donald Sterling, if you are a high ranking official you have to watch what you say.

        Magic didn’t have to publicly celebrate this. He could have easily wished MDA good luck like Mitch did.

        Magic’s value within Laker fans will always remain the same, but his stock with every other person just went down today.

      • anotheryx - May 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        He is literally too big for his pants now… hit the gym dude!

      • asimonetti88 - May 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        “Magic didn’t have to publicly celebrate this. He could have easily wished MDA good luck like Mitch did.”

        Magic isn’t an employee of the Lakers like Mitch is.

      • k3nn3k - May 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        No matter what team Magic owns or what his other jobs are…in some way shape or form he will always represent the Lakers.

      • asimonetti88 - May 1, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        anotheryx – May 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM
        He is literally too big for his pants now… hit the gym dude!

        I could be wrong, but I believe weight gain is a side effect of the HIV drugs he takes.

  3. paleihe - May 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    What is it about Twitter that turns people into a$$holes?

    • k3nn3k - May 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      The user. lol

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        We have a winner!

  4. ranfan12 - May 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Magic been foaming at the mouth for MDA’s head all season lol . Sucks for mike, but he’s in a better place now

    • money2long - May 2, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      this was filled with too many innuendos

  5. scottychicago - May 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Seeing as he is an NBA television.personality, I think he didn’t need to celebrate it. Give your opinion and move on, don’t throw a party for yourself.

  6. aboogy123456 - May 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I’m sick of hearing Magic talk about the lakers. It’s ok to be critical, but if you’re a fan then support your team and stop taking shots whenever you can.

  7. mp4philly - May 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Magic was such a great coach of the Lakers. Why not give it another whirl, big guy?

    • spursareold - May 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      This. I’m not sure he should be gloating over the demise of a coach that is MILES better than he ever was. The LAL’s issues this year had little to nothing to do with coaching.

  8. sylpkt - May 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Rumor has it that D’Antoni was forced to resign because of derogatory comments about playing defense.

  9. steelerfanforlife - May 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    What a jerk

  10. phillyguyindc - May 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    DA may not be the best coach but what did he have to work with?

    • money2long - May 2, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      if your name isn’t popovich, then you aren’t the best coach

  11. chunkala - May 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Good guy, terrible coach.

  12. reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    He’s a Laker fan first.

    • k3nn3k - May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      You can still be a Laker fan and not be a jerk about it.

      • calkinsrob - May 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        or just keep those thoughts to himself.

      • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Are you called a jerk when you criticize your team? OR are you a fan?

      • k3nn3k - May 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Constructive criticism no. Publicly celebrating someone’s release from their job as your happiest day….yes, that’s a jerk.

      • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        He quit……

        If he got fired and Magic said “Happy days are here again! Mike D’Antoni got fired. I couldn’t be happier!” then I could understand. I see what you’re trying to get at though

      • sixerstrong - May 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        I’m not so sure about that…

    • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      In what would should he keep his thoughts to himself? and Why?

      You express your thoughts don’t you?

      • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM


  13. eagles512 - May 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Magic needs to grow up.

  14. mogogo1 - May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    The Lakers seem to have more unofficial spokesmen than anybody else. I guess Magic needs to step it up since Phil Jackson is busy now.

  15. ProBasketballPundit - May 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Where’s adoombray? Dude has the biggest hard on for Magic Johnson I’ve ever seen.

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