Magic Johnson doesn’t want to buy Clippers… he wants LA Lakers

magic-oprahDespite the recent rumors that NBA great Magic Johnson wants to buy the LA Clippers team from its owner Donald Sterling, Johnson himself isn’t that much interested in the team.

As he said in a CNN interview recently, Johnson believes it is not about owning the team.

“We will have to wait, it is going to be from 8 months to one year, if it ever hits the market,” Johnson said about the Clippers. “But for me, when it comes to sales, me and my partners might have a look at it, and make a run for it.”

Johnson said he could’ve been an owner of an NBA team long time ago, if he really wanted.

“I could be an owner tomorrow. My friends who own Golden State asked me to join them, I could’ve been the owner of the Golden State Warriors. My friend Tom Gores owns the Detroit Pistons,  I could own that team tomorrow, he asked me to come be the part owner of the team,” Johnson said.

“What I really would want to do is own the Lakers,” Johnson revealed during the interview. “If any team I’d really want to have, or to be a part of, it would be the Lakers, not the Clippers.”

Johnson once owned a minority stake in the Lakers, which have been owned by the Buss family since 1979. Johnson’s Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in his 13 seasons with the Lakers.

His ownership interests also include the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and part-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Regarding the Clippers, Johnson said “we have to wait and see”, since buying a team is a “multi-billion dollar deal”.

Johnson dismissed any rumors of him trying to get the Clippers from Donald Sterling.

“If I was going to trick somebody, deceive somebody, be dishonest to somebody, steal somebody’s franchise, it’s going to be LA Lakers, not LA Clippers,” Johnson admitted.

Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.

Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.

Johnson’s interview came as a response to previous CNN interview with Donald Sterling, who got involved in an NBA scandal with racist comments, that landed him an NBA lifetime ban and a $2.5 millin fine.


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