Magic Johnson Turned Down Knicks, Warriors, Pistons Before Taking Lakers Job

Published On September 13, 2017 » 88 Views» NBA News
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Magic Johnson is already making big moves as the President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles. The legendary Lakers player is now in the office and has a vision for the future. Johnson influenced the Lakers to draft Lonzo Ball and trade D’Angelo Russell for Brook Lopez.

NBC Sports reports Johnson said the following about turning down jobs before agreeing to a deal with the Lakers:

“I turned down three jobs. My good friends Peter and Joe Lacob bought the Golden State Warriors. They came to me I want you to be an owner, be a partner with us I said no I’m a Laker. My friends bought the Detroit Pistons, Tom Gores, and a Michigan State guy. Come on home it would be a great story, I can’t I’m a Laker. I could have owned other teams.”

Magic is hoping he can convince some combination of LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook to join the Lakers in the next few offseasons.

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