Magic Johnson Goes on Twitter Rant About Struggling Los Angeles Lakers

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Magic Johnson Goes on Twitter Rant About Struggling Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson has not been shy to critique the struggling Los Angeles Lakers this season, but he recently took his criticism to a whole new level.

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:

Magic then excoriated the bigs, calling out Dwight Howard for his whining and lack of offensive production, while chastising Pau Gasol for averaging less than his career averages.

He wasn’t done yet, though, chastising guards Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant—although Johnson did admit that the Black Mamba should be considered a contender for the MVP award this year:

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:

Before wrapping things up, Magic ranted about all 12 players on the active roster for not knowing what it means to be a Laker:

The rant marked Magic's most direct string of complaints regarding the Lake Show.

Two weeks ago, the NBA legend made headlines by comparing their cross-town rivals—the Clippers—to his Showtime teams of old.

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?

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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.

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