The Los Angeles Lakers will get the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which is a fine return for a shit-filled season of tanking that very nearly went up in flames thanks to an inexplicable five-game winning streak at the end of the year. Not only is the team in the driver’s seat to pick Lonzo Ball, whose dad…
Earlier today the Los Angeles Lakers burnt their front office down, firing GM Mitch Kupchak and swapping out former president of basketball operations Jim Buss for Twitter user Magic Johnson. Owner Jeannie Buss said that the team wanted to fill their GM job “in short order” and it seems that the search is already over.
The Los Angeles Lakers just named Magic Johnson their president of basketball operations and fired longtime GM Mitch Kupchak. Co-owner Jim Buss has also been relieved of his decision-making duties, and the team now effectively belongs to Magic. This may work out great for the Lakers! These tweets aren’t very…
The Los Angeles Lakers named Magic Johnson president of basketball operations this afternoon, fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, and kicked team co-owner Jim Buss back upstairs by relieving him of his EVP of basketball operations title, radically transforming the team’s basketball decisionmaking apparatus.
Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon will rejoin ESPN’s NBA pregame show, NBA Countdown, on a limited basis this season, the network announced today. Johnson will work the Christmas slate of games, before joining Wilbon and host Sage Steele for ABC’s nine Saturday broadcasts of the NBA.
The Deadspin Awards are in July, and we need our readers to decide the winners of these prestigious honors. Today, we ask you to vote on an issue close to our hearts: Of all these bad tweets, which one was the absolute worst?
Magic Johnson will no longer be an honorary Lakers vice president after the team stripped him of the title due to his terrible tweets.
The Lakers are very, very bad. But Lakers legend Magic Johnson has thought it through, and if the front office is willing to listen, Magic has a way to turn the team’s fortunes around.
Click herein for our updated list of athletes who may or may not be drunk at Mayweather-Pacquiao. Above, it’s Russell Westbrook hanging out with Jon Voight. Below, other people!
Danny Ferry and Magic Johnson had a meeting Tuesday night to talk about Ferry's racist comments, according to tweets sent out by Johnson. The on-leave Ferry called Johnson to set up the meeting and apologize, and it apparently worked as Johnson tweeted that Ferry deserves a second chance in the NBA. Two weeks ago…
Ah, yet another sure shot from our pals over at Longform. Dig this excerpt from David Halberstam's book about MJ, Playing For Keeps:
In a rambling and terribly-advised interview with Anderson Cooper aired tonight on CNN, Clippers owner Donald Sterling attempted (and failed) to explain himself, inadvertently bringing up Cooper's sexuality along the way—while slamming Magic Johnson and other rich African-Americans for being stingy with their charity.
Even though it didn't elicit the same level of condescension from host Alex Trebek, this is just as bad as the Roger Clemens fiasco from a few months ago. At least those wrong answers were in the right sport.
My interview with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which was recently excerpted on Deadspin. We spoke about Pearlman's complicated portrait of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the "historically dumb" Mark Landsberger, why Kurt Rambis was the greatest…
The following is excerpted from Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which is available now on Amazon.
Originally published in the February 1993 issue of GQ. Annotations by the author appear throughout. For more, check out E. Jean Carroll's story about NBA groupies, published in 1992 as "Love in the Time of Magic."