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Not like Mike: NBA stars who suffered ill-fated returns

May 11, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Several NBA stars tried their best for another shot at basketball glory, but their stories simply were not as sweet the second time around

ROBBED. Injuries prevented Brandon Roy from carving out what could have been a significantly better NBA career. File photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

Magic Johnson hopeful NBA can crown a champion despite coronavirus

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:26 PM

NBA legend Magic Johnson says players will adjust to playing in empty stadiums for the sake of determining the best team in the league

LOYALTY. Magic Johnson says he looks forward to the Lakers winning the championship. File photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFP

Magic, Jordan among NBA stars 'devastated' by Stern's death

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:36 AM

'Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today,' says six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. 'I wouldn't be where I am without him'

ICONIC. In this file photo taken on May 21, 1996, NBA commissioner David Stern congratulates Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan during the 1996 MVP trophy presentation. Photo by Brian Bahr/AFP

Westbrook passes Magic for career triple-doubles

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Russell Westbrook posts his 139th career triple-double to bump off Magic Johnson at No. 2 in the all-time list

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Magic 'Dream Team' jersey among items in sports auction

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The No. 15 USA jersey Magic Johnson wore for the 1992 Olympic 'Dream Team' may fetch the biggest bid

Photo by Jesse Grant/AFP

Kawhi wants Magic-Buss Lakers chat in NBA talks

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reportedly only wants to meet with former Lakers executive Magic Johnson and team owner Jeanie Buss

FREE AGENT. Kawhi Leonard's next destination remains a guessing game. Photo by AFP

Magic Johnson blasts Lakers GM after shock exit

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Allegations of backstabbing involving team executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka surface as the latest Lakers drama

SEVERED TIES. Rob Pelinka (right) denies the whispering campaign that Magic Johnson alleged the Lakers general manager orchestrated. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Magic and Bird to get joint NBA lifetime honor

May 16, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The league puts the spotlight on the epic rivalry that helped drive the success of the modern NBA

File photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

LeBron not OK with 'weird' Magic departure from Lakers

May 06, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Johnson played a key role in convincing James to join Los Angeles with hopes of leading the team back to the glory days

JUST TELL ME. LeBron James says he would have understood had Magic Johnson told him he was going to quit from his role as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Anthony Davis unfazed by Lakers drama after Magic exit

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The saga surrounding Anthony Davis and the Lakers has been 'toxic,' says Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Magic Johnson and Anthony Davis. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Pool/AFP (Magic) and Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America/AFP (Davis)

Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers chief

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

(UPDATED) The resignation comes after a disappointing season that saw the Lakers miss the playoffs even after luring superstar LeBron James

SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT. Magic Johnson drops a bomb as the season winds down. Photo by Getty Images North America/AFP

WATCH: Kobe reveals his all-time top 5 USA players

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is quick to acknowledge the greats who came before him

PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Kobe Bryant believes Team USA will be hard to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup if players leave their egos at the door. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

NBA: No tampering in Magic Johnson-Ben Simmons link

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:27 AM

The NBA sees no violations as the Sixers initiated contact and requested a meeting between team star Ben Simmons and Lakers president Magic Johnson

ALL PRAISE. Lakers president Magic Johnson says Ben Simmons’ basketball IQ is very high. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers coach Walton confident of management support

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Los Angeles coach Luke Walton has reportedly come under fire from Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson

NOT WORRIED. Lakers coach Luke Walton says a meeting with Magic Johnson has been ‘routine.’ Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers rebuilding a long-term project, says Johnson

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:27 PM

It's still uncertain if the NBA's glamour squad could entice LeBron James and Paul George this year

STRUGGLING. The Los Angeles Lakers have not reached the postseason since the 2012-2013 campaign. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Just like Magic: Ben Simmons gets NBA triple-double as Sixers beat Heat

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) The NBA Rookie of the Year contender logs in first rookie playoff record since Magic Johnson

AWESOME AUSSIE. Ben Simmons makes another case for the top rookie plum. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images/AFP

Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile after decades-long spat

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Johnson and Thomas put their disagreements behind them in an emotional reconciliation

FORGIVENESS. Johnson and Thomas put away their long-time feud.

Great expectations in Lakers' whole new Ball game

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The Lakers have missed the playoffs for the past 4 seasons, but the addition of Lonzo Ball has given fans a reason for hope

FRANCHISE ROOKIE. Lakers fans are hoping Lonzo Ball can return the franchise back to its past glory. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for Lakers

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Magic Johnson says the Los Angeles Lakes – who completed the worst season in franchise s history last year – is a better team now

Magic Johnson wants Kobe to help rebuild Lakers

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Magic Johnson who has been hired to advise Lakers co owner and president Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to help piece together the struggling franchise

FRANCHISE PLAYERS. Magic Johnson says the recently retired Kobe Bryant would be the first person he'd call for help in rebuilding the Lakers franchise. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Pool/AFP

Lakers legend Magic ready to call the shots for club

Feb 11, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Magic Johnson hopes his role will be the man in charge as he tries to rebuild a club that has missed the playoffs the past 3 seasons after winning an NBA crown as recently as 2010

Owner Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Sparks holds the Championship Trophy for his team after a win in Game Five of the 2016 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx on October 11, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Sparks defeated the Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA Championship. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

Magic Johnson returns to Lakers in advisor role

Feb 03, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Magic Johnson will be advising co owner Jeanie Buss in all areas of basketball and business

MAGIC RETURN. Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be a voice of experience for the Lakers as they try to rebuild their prestige in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

5 Greatest Games 7s in NBA Finals history

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:23 PM

As the Cavs and Warriors prepare for a memorable winner take all meeting look back at the greatest Game 7s in NBA Finals history

Magic Johnson says Lakers should target LeBron, Durant

May 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

5 time NBA champion Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers should attempt to move aggressively in the free agent market to revive their flagging fortunes

TARGETS. Legend Magic Johnson says the Lakers should be aggressive in free agency and eye Kevin Durant and LeBron James. LeBron photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA; Durant photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

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Apr 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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Magic Johnson delivers touching tribute to Kobe Bryant

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:05 AM

Fellow Lakers great Magic Johnson calls Kobe Bryant one of the greatest players this game has ever seen before he takes the court one final time

MAGIC TRIBUTE. Earvin "Magic" Johnson gave Kobe Bryant a touching send-off before his final game. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Pool/AFP

NBA legend Magic Johnson applauds Nike for dropping Pacquiao

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Johnson also insisted that he won’t be watching any more of Pacquiao’s fights

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WATCH: Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning smash eggs on their heads

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Since Manning’s Denver Broncos recently won Super Bowl 50 he had the chance to go first

NBA great Shaq to be honored with statue at Staples Center

Jan 29, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O Neal is to be honored with a statue outside the Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center arena

WATCH: NBA stars read 'Mean Tweets' on 'Kimmel'

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:06 PM

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Westbrook notches another triple-double in win over Raptors

Mar 09, 2015 - 5:10 PM

Russell Westbrook registered his fifth triple double in his last six games as the Thunder overcame the Toronto Raptors

Russell Westbrook has been feeling it as of late. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

Holding Court - The greatest players in NBA Finals history part II

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:19 PM

Columnist Bert Ramirez concludes his list of the 30 greatest NBA finals performers of all time with the top 10

BUDDY COP FILM. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant conspired to win three straight championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, claiming the post Michael Jordan era as their own. Photo by Brendan McDermid/EPA

Magic Johnson says disgraced Sterling living 'in stone ages'

May 14, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Magic Johnson said Tuesday that disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is living in the stone ages and deserves to lose his coveted NBA franchise

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling (R) has fueled the flames by attacking LA basketball icon Magic Johnson (L). Photos from EPA/screenshots

Clippers owner Sterling berates Magic Johnson for HIV status

May 13, 2014 - 6:20 PM

In an interview that was supposed to fan flames caused by his racist outburst LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling took swipes at Magic Johnson saying he was a poor role model because he contracted HIV

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling (R) has fueled the flames by attacking LA basketball icon Magic Johnson (L). Photos from EPA/screenshots

NBA: Clippers owner Sterling apologizes for racist remarks

May 12, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has offered his first public apology for racist remarks that saw him banned for life from the NBA

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for his racial rant. Screen grab from TNT

NBA: Disgraced Clippers owner 'will be forced out'

May 01, 2014 - 10:08 AM

One NBA owner says the owners will likely vote 29 0 to force Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers as celebrities like Oscar de la Hoya Magic Johnson and P Diddy line up to buy the team

LA Clippers Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the team will try to remain focused on the playoffs amidst a storm of bad publicity. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

LA Clippers owner is a long-time NBA laughing stock

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Donald Sterling has long been considered a laughing stock NBA owner but after a racist rant emerged over the weekend the laughter has ended

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is on the hot seat for a racist rant he allegedly had with his girlfriend. Photo screen grabbed from TNT

NBA: LA Clippers owner's racist rant draws condemnation from Obama, Jordan

Apr 28, 2014 - 5:53 AM

US President Barack Obama and NBA legend Michael Jordan joined the growing list of those who have condemned the racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling

SOUND CLIP. LA Clippers Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the team will try to remain focused on the playoffs amidst a storm of bad publicity. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Alleged racist remarks by LA Clippers owner Sterling spark uproar

Apr 27, 2014 - 3:29 AM

The NBA has launched an investigation after a recording surfaced purported to be of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling chastising his girlfriend for associating with African Americans

SOUND CLIP. LA Clippers Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the team will try to remain focused on the playoffs amidst a storm of bad publicity. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Holding Court - David Stern's legacy

Feb 26, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Former NBA commissioner David Stern may not have been everyone s cup of tea but there s no denying his impact on the sport s globalization Columnist Bert Ramirez analyzes how he changed the game forever

DECOMMISSIONED. Former NBA commissioner David Stern may have ruffled more than a few feathers, but his tenure saw the sport rise to unprecedented popularity. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Holding Court: All-Star Weekend becoming a drag?

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Veteran columnist Bert Ramirez analyzes this past NBA All Star weekend and why he thinks the tradition is on the decline

ALL STAR. Indiana Pacer Paul George drives to the hoop against James Harden. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Holding Court: The NBA's Mount Rushmore

Feb 17, 2014 - 12:46 AM

LeBron James believes that he ll have earned a spot on the NBA s mythical Mount Rushmore by the time he retires Columnist Bert A Ramirez thinks he has a lot more to accomplish before that s a realistic possibility

IMMORTALIZED IN GRANITE. NBA star LeBron James believes that Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson belong on NBA's mythical Mt. Rushmore. He also believes he'll be replacing one of them some day. Graphic by Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

WATCH: Wall wins NBA Dunk Contest, Belinelli takes 3-point title

Feb 16, 2014 - 2:06 PM

John Wall of the Washington Wizards won the Slam Dunk Contest and Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs captured the 3 Point Shootout to headline Saturday s NBA All Star weekend skills events

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. John Wall of the Washington Wizards soars to the basket to dunk during the Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Durant set to spark West in NBA All-Star showdown

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:20 PM

NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant looks forward to Sunday s NBA All Star Game but is also excited about the United States prospects at this year s FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Olympics

ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN. Kevin Durant is looking forward to a big showing at this weekend’s NBA All-Star game. Photo by Eric Gay/EPA

NBA: David Stern ends historic 30-year run as commissioner

Jan 31, 2014 - 5:11 PM

David Stern steps down Saturday after 30 years as commissioner of the NBA a reign that saw him transform the league from a downtrodden afterthought into a global sporting powerhouse

DECOMMISSIONED. David Stern on the dais during a press conference before the NBA All-Star weekend last year in Houston. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

NBA: James to be named MVP

May 12, 2012 - 4:38 PM

Miami Heat star LeBron James bags his third NBA Most Valuable Player trophy