The former “Showtime” engineer took to Twitter to deliver a frenzy of messages directed at the stars and role players on the purple and gold roster.
He began by deflecting blame for the team’s failures away from coach Mike D’Antoni (and possibly former coach Mike Brown) and says it is the players who are responsible for the Lakers' 15-18 record:
I'm tired of blaming the coach, the responsibility is on the @lakers players.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 7, 2013
Johnson, No. 4 on the all-time assists list, pointed out that Nash—the player right behind him on that list and likely to pass him this season—needs to manufacture more easy buckets for his teammates.
The five-time NBA world champion and current television analyst continued on, attacking Metta World Peace for his lack of intensity on defense and reserve Jodie Meeks’ questionable choices when hoisting up shots:
The rant marked Magic's most direct string of complaints regarding the Lake Show.
Johnson, who is still a Lakers fan and cares deeply about the success of the team, is likely trying to light a fire under this lethargic group of players.
Was Magic out of line?
They are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoff picture, and they need to turn things around before it's too late. Missing the postseason would be an absolute travesty considering the team's All-Star cast.
Lakers Nation needs something to finally spark this talented but troubled group of stars. Perhaps Magic Johnson’s comments will finally get this unit back on track.