Magic Johnson might still be reeling from watching his Los Angeles Dodgers bow out in the NLCS, but he found time to sound off today on another L.A. team with which he has a bit of history.
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Laker Nation: I'm very happy, the @Lakers played exceptionally well against the crosstown rival Clippers!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 30, 2013
Laker Nation: This @Lakers team is better suited for Coach D'Antoni's offensive system.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 30, 2013
Real Lakers never say die! Or, they do, but then quickly take it back.
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Johnson voiced his opinion on ESPN 710 radio station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, as recounted by Ramona Shelburne, and he is not exactly feeling bullish on the Lakers' chances this season.
Magic on @ESPNLA710 "This is going to be one of the roughest seasons that the Lakers have ever faced."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 29, 2013
Roughest season the Lakers have ever faced? Does that mean they'll only finish five games over .500?
Magic also has concerns about how the fans in L.A. will handle the season.
Magic Johnson on @ESPNLA710 "Laker fans are spoiled. I don’t know how they’re going to react now. This is going to be a tough season."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 29, 2013
Quickly now, press your ear to the nearest window. Can you hear the rest of the country laughing?
Finally, Johnson expressed his distrust of Jim Buss' managerial ability.
Magic: "I thought Jeanie should’ve been running everything and decide who was going to run basketball. But Dr. Buss made his decision."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 29, 2013
Magic Johnson: "Mike Brown was going to Golden State to interview and [Jim Buss] panicked... offered him the Laker job"
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 30, 2013
This might sound like music to the ears of Lakers haters everywhere, but it's important to remember: No matter how bad it seems for the Lakers, they'll still find some way to come out on top. So get ready for all of the following things to happen this season:
- Kobe's German "doctors" will not only repair his knee, but they will replace his arm with a basketball cannon.
- Nick Young will be the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to average 50 points per game.
- The 76ers will trade their first-round pick for Wesley Johnson. With that pick, the Lakers will win the draft lottery and select Andrew Wiggins.
- The Lakers will win the next 20 NBA championships.
Either Magic has suddenly forgotten the past 40 years of Lakers history, or he is trying to reverse-jinx them. Either way, the Lakers will somehow turn things in their favor.