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Magic Johnson: ‘I could be an owner tomorrow’

May 15, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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Magic Johnson spent most of his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this week discussing Donald Sterling.

But Johnson – in light of his own reported desire to buy the Clippers – also addressed his desire to own an NBA team.


I could be an owner tomorrow. I could have been an owner. My friends who own Golden State asked me to join them. I could have been an owner of the Golden State Warriors. My friend Tom Gores owns Detroit Pistons. I could be an owner tomorrow with the Pistons. He asked me to come be part-owner of the Detroit Pistons.

What I really would want to do is own the Lakers.

Magic Johnson actually previously owned a share of the Lakers, but he wanted a larger role with a team, so he sold it.

His hometown Pistons and the Warriors – co-owned by one of his partners with the Dodgers, Peter Guber – have stable ownership. Likely, both wanted Johnson to own a small piece of the team, similar to his set up with the Lakers. Johnson is a talented businessman, but in that role, his main value would have been as a team ambassador.

If Johnson wants more responsibility and accepts that the Buss Family won’t sell the Lakers anytime soon, he could try to buy the Clippers. Johnson reiterated to Cooper that he and his partners might have interest.

But Johnson – this is where his business sense comes in – knows the Clippers’ sale could be delayed by Sterling suing. That’s why he’s not tipping his hand too much.

He’s at least interested enough, though, that he’s not buying a share of the Pistons and taking himself out of the running.

  1. money2long - May 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Magic just fits with the lakers. But they are making it a family business. What can he do? Only so much.

    • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Magic is basically family. They need to realize that

      • money2long - May 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM


    • ProBasketballPundit - May 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      So you’re saying the Lakers ownership is racist too. Since family = race. Nobody’s more your race than family.

      • duhwighthoward - May 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        “Who cares what color your skin is? Open your legs.”

      • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Well leaving out that there are interracial blood families, family isn’t just the people you share DNA with!

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        That comment was mostly joking but you people are aware that the most racist you can possibly be is to do things for family that go against your values? Perfect example: Game of Thrones is the most racist show on TV. People do anything to preserve “family name” even if it means committing heinous acts against others. That’s pure, unadulterated racism.

      • mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        I watch “Game of Thrones”, but I don’t see any “racism” in it. Most of the antagonists are of the same race. It’s mostly “ethnic cleansing” that takes place. To break it down simply, I see white people treating other white people badly if they are simply from another “clan” or support a different king.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 15, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        @mackcarrington Looking similar has nothing to do with race. Race = genetic similarity. Game of Thrones is 100% genetics. That’s all anybody cares about is their bloodlines. That is exactly what racism is.

      • mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        @ pundit:
        The comment “looking similar has nothing to do with race” is not true. For example a race of Nordics will look the same as a race of Celtics. They are both of the Caucasian race , are they not? Where it breaks down is their ethnicity. Aren’t Germans the same race as Austrians?

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        @mackcarrington Okay, I definitely exaggerated saying it has nothing to do with looks. Genetically speaking you’re going to look a lot more like somebody who’s genetically similar to you anyway. My whole point is the most overlooked form of racism is nepotism. And that’s basically the entire show of Game of Thrones.

      • mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        Interesting the way you backed off of the “Don’t have a clue what you’re talking about” ledge.
        That wasn’t an exaggeration, that was a declaration!

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        “Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.

        Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men.

        Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.”

        Suck on that.

    • mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      The only other option is to become a part of the AEG group.

  2. paleihe - May 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Well, he was part owner of the Lakers, 5%.

    He chose to give that up.

  3. hojo20 - May 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I wish Magic would STFU. He comments about the Lakers firing D’Antoni, as if he’s a gatekeeper of the Lakers, and not looking to own other teams.

  4. hojo20 - May 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I wish Magic would STFU. He comments about the Lakers firing D’Antoni, as if he’s a gatekeeper of the Lakers, and now looking to own other teams.

  5. angulocarlos1 - May 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Go away magic! You love attention

    • romestar82 - May 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      V.Stiviano=Magic Johnson

  6. csbanter - May 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Laker fans should never utter a bad word about Magic. All he’s done for the Laker organization, the city, fans..Wow. Imagine if Celtic fans treated Larry Bird like this, or Yankee fans with Jeter, 49er fans with Joe Montana.

    That purple haze has apparently made some folks loony out west.

    • campcouch - May 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Larry Bird,Joe Montana and Derek Jeter didn’t retire from their sports because they contracted HIV while cheating on their spouses,nor do they promote themselves constantly or interject themselves in their former organizations business.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - May 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Geez, he’s milking this thing for every second of attention he can get.
    I’m happy that you can be an owner tomorrow, but could you kindly STFU today?

  8. reesesteel23 - May 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Magic and Donald had a relationship together. There I said it.

  9. jerdogthompson - May 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Nothing could represent a larger and more prominent eff U to the Laker fans and organization than Magic and his group becoming the owners of the Clippers.

    The continued reports from legal experts (no not the supposed ones on PBT) on the C&B of the league makes it very clear they are well within their right to force the sale. When I was at the game on 5/11 they showed Magic on the jumbotron and he got large cheers. Its clear the Clipper fan base knows what Magic has done as a player and as a business man and clearly would jump at the chance of having him part owner of the Clippers.


    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      They are well within their rights to sell to Magic AS LONG as his group has the highest bid, if the NBA decides it wants to sell someone else’s property they have to accept the highest bid otherwise it’s an anti-trust violation.

  10. navyeoddavee9 - May 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Actually no way he could be “an owner” tomorrow, probably would take a couple months at the earliest

  11. hozay05 - May 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I hate magic Johnson too. Not cuz of race but because he’s an idiot. Sterling is rite about him

  12. revren10 - May 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Just wait until this chick gets charged and drags magic under the bus saying it was his idea to release those tapes so he could buy into the team

  13. jerdogthompson - May 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    How many screen names do you trolls have? Why not just keep one and stick with it? It’s not like frequent viewers like myself can’t parse the words and figure out who u really are???? Give up the charade trolls stand up and be proud of your trollness, embrace the fact your lives will never amount to anything more than a keyboard tough guy and accept it. Sad , but we all can’t be smart, successful and good looking lady killers. Can you dig it?


  14. campcouch - May 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Magic Johnson couldn’t survive being an owner of the Pistons. He needs LA. He needs the exposure. The most popular player in NBA history has managed to buy a team and live relatively in the shadows in Charlotte. Can you see Magic doing that in Detroit? Nah,while he may want the Clippers,the NBA doesn’t want him. He’d never be out of the limelight,giving opinions on every player and team. He’s good being a smiling head for the Dodgers. Leave it like that.

  15. kavika6 - May 16, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    If Magic bought the Clippers they would be just trading one racist owner for another. What’s the difference?

  16. jimsjam33 - May 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Magic is the best thing ever to happen to Los Angeles . Now , he should take the action on the Clippers .

  17. ebecks34 - May 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    ‘he wanted a larger role with a team, so he sold it.’

    Oh, nice logic there Magic.

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