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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Rips Jim Buss On NBA Countdown Reviewed by Momizat on . Magic Johnson had been tweeting his displeasure about Phil Jackson not being hired by the Lakers. But he wasn't done. He continued to air his grievances on NBA Magic Johnson had been tweeting his displeasure about Phil Jackson not being hired by the Lakers. But he wasn't done. He continued to air his grievances on NBA Rating:
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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Rips Jim Buss On NBA Countdown

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Magic Johnson had been tweeting his displeasure about Phil Jackson not being hired by the Lakers. But he wasn’t done.

He continued to air his grievances on NBA Countdown on ESPN.

Thanks to Alex Groberman for the transcript on Opposing Views.

“I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss. I don’t believe in Jim Buss,” Magic Johnson said. “He’s made two critical mistakes already. To me, they made two critical mistakes.

“First, hiring Mike Brown, he wasn’t the right coach. He’s a great coach but not the right coach for the Lakers. And I don’t feel Mike D’Antoni is the right coach for the Lakers. Especially when you have Phil Jackson sitting out there, who wanted to be the Laker coach. Jim Buss decided he didn’t want Phil Jackson, he wanted Mike D’Antoni. And that’s OK, but why didn’t you just say that? But the fans were cheering for Phil Jackson two nights in a row.”

I LOVE Magic Johnson to death but there comes a time when he just shouldn’t say anything. D’Antoni hasn’t even coached a game yet and he continues to rip Jim Buss (didn’t Magic say that Jim Buss did a good job at one point) and his hiring of D’Antoni as if it’s going to doom the Lakers to .500 this season or something. While I agree that the Lakers botched it a bit with the sudden hiring of D’Antoni, this thing was dying down. The Lakers had played a little bit better under Bickerstaff, were ready to make the transition to Mike D’Antoni, and, best of all, were ready to move forward. Magic just wouldn’t let it die.

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Plus, if Magic had a better reason of saying that Phil Jackson is the better fit for the Lakers, I’d probably take him a little bit more seriously. Just because the fans wanted him doesn’t mean it’s the right move for the franchise. What if the fans wanted Magic to coach? Would he say that hiring him is the best move because the fans said so? Let the Buss family and Mitch Kupchak do their jobs. I’m sure they’re pretty good at this front office thing.

Mike D’Antoni will be introduced as the new Lakers head coach in a press conference later on today.

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  • Rvbaut12

    Just like Shaq, Magic is still trying to be in the Spotlight! STOP IT ALREADY!! You guys make me laugh! Oh yeah, THANK YOU Both (Shaq and Magic) for bringing home a few titles to L.A!!

  • Buckland

    I think Magic is right, I’m one disappointed Laker fan…

  • BigDaddy

    Magic Johnson, please shut up. You were a great player, but I am tired of you ripping the Lakers every time I turn around. Go away and play with the Dodgers.

  • Sad Fan

    I am with Magic.
    So, you can’t wait for 1 more day to hear back from Phil but you can wait for DAntoni who can’t coach prolly till end of this week??
    It’s just a lame excuse from the GM and Organization.
    Not against DAntoni but I am just disappointed with the way they handled this.

  • Big Man

    Magic doesn’t have to say that Jackson is the best fit…everyone knows it including the five rings on his fingers and the players themselves. Kobe goes with what the team does..but you can bet he’s mad about it. Jim Buss is an idiot…D’Antoni was let go by Phoenix and New York..run and gun isnt for everyone..as much as defense. Thats what wins games. So winning 50 plus games and getting knocked out of playoffs is a failed season.

  • renecee

    i like Phil to coach the Lakers. D Antoni is not bad considering we have Steve Nash. What I don’t understand why they didn’t get back at Phil to ask his decision or to iron some issues of the terms for both party before deciding to get Mike. They should have been to Phil and demand they want Phil decision otherwise we will get Mike, they failed and very unethical and unfair for Phil. Remember Mitch and Jim went to Phil house to bother him. Phil didn’t ask them to come and discuss about the possibility. So what did they do, they pick Mike and dumped Phil. Jim should be trained to handle business, weigh situations and make a sound business decision base on fairness and honorable businesslike decision. I think Phil can sue them for breach, and unfair labor practice or whatever you may you call. Jim committed mistake hiring Mike Brown and this happen. Business wise this Jim is not a good businessman or manager.

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