The Liar and the Bully

Mature people do not threaten to hurt people, start rumors, seek attention, start pointless drama, gossip behind backs and overreact to every little thing. That’s immaturity. For the Los Angeles Lakers, there is seemingly no bottom rung of dysfunction. In a well resourced article by Baxter Holmes (ESPN), the Lakers dirty laundry, detritus, and immaturity…

Magic’s Mistakes Have Been Epic

The last time Magic Johnson made these many mistakes he was in the NBA Finals. It was 1984 and against the despised Celtics Magic fell apart. How bad was it? Kevin McHale, in response to Magic coming up small, referred to him as Tragic Johnson. In Game 2, Magic dribbled out the clock and didn’t…

Magic is Getting Schooled

Neophyte President of Basketball Ops for the Lakers is finding the road a little bit rough. Magic Johnson has already been fined for tampering. He traded away an All-Star (D’Angelo Russell) who he berated after Russell was in the skies, on his way to Brooklyn. He got fleeced into picking Lonzo Ball instead of De’Aaron…

The Magic Show Is Not What You Think

Just as he intended, Magic Johnson’s tirade against his head coach (Luke Walton) was exhaustively reported, dissected, praised or dissed. His nuclear meltdown about the Lakers offense and their inability to  resemble anything close to a half court team as they are running and gunning and racking up points struck a Magic nerve. Yes, he…

Quiet, Please

Paul George openly talked about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson openly talked about Paul George playing for the Lakers. One year later, the perfect storm isn’t so perfect but it is a storm.  There is messiness being peddled, smugness and hurt feelings. Let’s start with super salesman Magic Johnson.  Allegedly, he is…

July Winners and Losers

The most important month of the NBA season when the NBA is not in season is July. That is when talent leaves one team, joins another. That is when dreams soak franchises with joy and potential to be great- or at the very least-better than they were three months ago. July moves make an average…

The Story Is Bigger Than Magic

Magic Johnson is the centerpiece of a tampering accusation filed by the Indiana Pacers alleging illegal contact with then Pacers forward Paul George. The Pacers, stunned by the George defection, are operating on a theory that Magic Johnson, on behalf of the Lakers, had contact with George that caused George to tell the Pacers he…