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  1. What four guys would Jordan choose for a pickup game? Pippen, Magic, Worthy, Olajuwon

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Fairly safe to say Michael Jordan in his prime could have selected me, Seth Rogen, Sammy Hagar and Dave Navarro and we would win virtually every game and stay on the court. But when the folks at NBA 2K asked him (as they promote the 2K14 Next Gen features) he went a different direction. The four…

  2. Magic Johnson leaves ESPN’s NBA Countdown

    Oct 10, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I have to get my bias here out up front: Magic Johnson is my all-time favorite player. I think his combination of size, handles and passing skills were unique in the sport and let to the most entertaining basketball we’ve seen. Plus, he had cultural impacts far off the court that are even more important.…

  3. David Stern was all business, and that was good for the game

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern said Thursday as he talked about stepping down as commissioner that he is not a big fan of the “L”word — legacy. So we’ll call it his story. It could make a good novel. David Stern’s story is a uniquely American story. His is a story about a smart, savvy, businessman chasing the…

  4. Magic Johnson sued for firing personal flight attendant

    Oct 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Here is my first takeaway from this story: I need a personal flight attendant. I suppose that means I need a personal plane, which means I need to find a way to make boatloads more money. But I need one. Magic Johnson had one, but now she is suing him for how and why she…

  5. Meet the new Basketball Hall of Famers: Jamaal Wilkes

    Sep 3, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    wilkes-lakers

    Legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn used to call Jamaal Wilkes baseline jumper a “20-foot layup.” It was that automatic. Magic Johnson would drive the lane, kick it out and you knew it was two. And that shot, with its eccentric form that would make Shawn Marion wince — Wilkes swung the ball behind his left…

  6. Jordan, Magic to be presenters at Hall of Fame ceremony

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Presenters are a ceremonial part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction. They don’t actually do anything, but the ceremony calls for an already enshrined Hall of Famer to stand behind the inductee as he or she speaks about being inducted. When Phil Knight — the founder of Nike — is enshrined next Friday…

  7. John Salley says Jordan not even his top 5 he played against

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    First, John Salley likes to say outrageous things on the radio. There’s a history of it. Second, there is the fact that our personal views of history — particularly our personal history and stories — tend to be skewed by the things we choose to remember and focus on. Which is to say, for example,…

  8. After coaching LeBron, Jim Boeheim is not sure Jordan is the best he’s seen

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The year of redemption for LeBron James is reaching dizzying heights now. NBA MVP, NBA champion, NBA finals MVP, gold medal all in one year. His arc is reaching the highest of heights. And the praise keeps pouring in for him. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is stepping away from USA Basketball after serving as…

  9. Quote of the Day: Magic, Barkley on huge Team USA win

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    “I want to congratulate the guys on their continued dominance in London. This is starting to look a lot like our 1992 Dream Team. I look forward to watching them continue to drive for that gold medal and bring it home for the USA.” —Magic Johnson “That’s probably how many points they’d beat the ’92…

  10. Charles Barkley says Drexler was always jealous of Jordan

    Aug 3, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Clyde Drexler plays defense

    Clyde Drexler has been back in the spotlight, in because the entire 1992 Dream Team is back in the spotlight, in part because he’s said some outrageous things. Through it all, Drexler has come off as a little bit bitter. He sounds frustrated that the Dream Team was about Jordan and Magic and Barkley and…

  11. Magic Johnson still thinks the Lakers need a shooter

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson

    Magic Johnson’s team had a big couple of days — his team is now the Dodgers. He’s the part owner. And he and his partners are now spending like a big market team again — as opposed to an over-leveraged sham of an owner. Not to name any names. But I digress — the Lakers…

  12. Magic says Kobe and LeBron would make the Dream Team

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As interesting uninteresting kill-me-now painful as the discussion over whether the 2012 team could beat the Dream Team has been, Magic Johnson gave an interesting answer Saturday on who would make the Dream Team from this year’s squad. From the L.A. Times: “You have to say Kobe would definitely make it,” Johnson said. “He’s unbelievable.…

  13. Friday Night Video: Talking Dream Team with author Jack McCallum

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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    The book now on top of every hoops junkie’s reading list is Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum’s new book on the Dream Team. Not just because of what Clyde Drexler said about Magic Johnson, or because of what Kobe thinks, but because this book will tell stories and add depth to the best basketball team ever…

  14. Inside ‘Dream Team': A Conversation with Jack McCallum

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    There exist books on most every subject written from most every angle imaginable. There are do-it-yourself guides to construct your vessel to the afterlife. There is a definitive handbook on colloquial speech on the high seas. There are memoirs filled with irredeemable drivel, helpful travel guides written in anapestic tetrameter, and dizzying, sprawling novels drowned…

  15. Video: Magic Johnson responds to Clyde Drexler’s comments

    Jul 1, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Last week, excerpts from a new book on the 1992 Dream Team were released and in them Clyde Drexler said that people on the team and in the league pitied Magic Johnson and were “waiting for him to die.” Drexler denied making those comments but I’m not buying that — the author is one of…

  16. Drexler denies Dream Team comments about Magic… but he said them

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    1992 Olympics: USAB

    Life is never really all that simple and all that clean. Politicians like to paint issues as black or white, but all of us know life is lived in shades of gray. So it is with Clyde Drexler’s comments on HIV-positive Magic Johnson as part of a new book about the 1992 Dream Team —…

  17. Drexler says Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because “he was going to die”

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    It is really hard to explain to people who are growing up now the spector that HIV/AIDS cast back in the late 1980s and early 1990s — it was a death sentence that you could get through sex. There were drug regimines just coming on the market but nobody knew if they would work, nobody really…

  18. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  19. New documentary includes look at game Dream Team lost

    May 14, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    We remember the original Dream Team — the pros sent to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and others — just rolling teams. The won the Olympic gold medal by an average of nearly 20 points a game and had the opposing teams asking for autographs afterward. But…

  20. Lakers enter damage control around Magic’s Mike Brown statements

    May 12, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    See, and here’s the problem with having your franchise legend, former owner, and acting VP as an “analyst” on television. When Magic Johnson made comments regarding Mike Brown being fired if the Lakers were to lose Game 7 Saturday night, it set off more alarms than usual. Typically, a studio analyst making a comment like…

  21. Magic Johnson thinks Mike Brown can’t survive a Game 7 loss

    May 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    It’s amazing when people tend to dismiss what Magic Johnson says about the Lakers. He’s arguably the greatest player in franchise history, is known as a close and personal friend of owner Jerry Buss, still holds an official positions inside the front office, has held an ownership stake in the team as recently as two…

  22. Video: Magic Johnson talks New Bird/Magic Broadway play

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson was on SportsBiz Game On with Darren Rovell Friday and talked about the new Bird/Magic play on Broadway. But to me, the more interesting parts is about how this play works because of who it draws to the theater — male sports fans — and how those people don’t blink at Broadway prices…

  23. Video: Bird, Magic on Late Night with David Letterman

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson and Larry Bird swung by Late Night with David Letterman on Wednesday to promote the new play about their lives, and the two guys who are now friends tell some stories and have some laughs. It’s a fun trip down memory lane. Enjoy.  

  24. Mark Cuban, Magic Johnson trying to buy MLB’s Dodgers

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Here’s the consensus in Los Angeles — whoever buys the Dodgers will be an upgrade over the previous owner. So long as you don’t need to use the franchise as an ATM machine and run it into the ground while being a public spectacle, you’re an upgrade. An auction of the Dodgers as part of…

  25. LeBron thinks London Olympic team compares to Dream Team, too

    Jan 3, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA is not backing away from filling the big shoes. Last week USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he thought the upcoming USA Olympic team was a “fair comparison” with the 1992 Dream team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and others. LeBron James thinks Colangelo is right,…

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