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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  26 responses

Magic Johnson Strongly Critical of the Lakers Yet Again


Be it on Twitter, his TV appearances, or in media interviews, Magic Johnson can’t seem to contain his frustration with what the 9-12 Los Angeles Lakers are doing (or, not doing.) The Laker legend continues to trash their effort on both ends of the floor, while questioning the philosophies and approaches of the front-office and coaching staff. Per Fox Sports: “We have got to get back to playing solid defense,’ he said at the beginning of his smiling tirade about all things Lakers. ‘That will make our offense go. Kobe [Bryant] is not going to ever have trouble scoring. [Pau] Gasol — if we put him in the right position — won’t have trouble scoring. Dwight [Howard] can score. So, we can score. But we can’t outscore everybody. You have to play defense first. Then you have to go down to the offensive end and score. Our transition defense is terrible, and every team is running [over] the Lakers right now because they know they’re faster, quicker and more athletic than the Lakers. So, if it takes us to slow the game down, that’s what we should do. You know what we’re doing — we’re speeding it up, putting ourselves in a tougher position. When we’re taking [and missing] long 3-point shots, which gives the opposition an opportunity to fast break more. So, we have to figure out what’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot. Also, do we really want to run with everybody when we really don’t have runners? That’s the key.’ The struggling Lakers are just 9-12 on the season, tied with the Trail Blazers with the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference. ‘I love the Lakers so much and I die with every single game they lose. I’m frustrated because I love them so much. And I don’t like where we are. I watch the faces, and it’s almost like [the players] don’t know what they’re doing or how to do it. ‘ [...] ‘(Jim Buss) has to rely on Mitch Kupchak’s basketball knowledge. Look, Dr. Jerry Buss let Jerry West make basketball decisions. West just said ‘Dr. Buss, here’s who I want to trade and these are the reasons that I want to trade him.’ Dr. Buss would tell him to go ahead and make the move if it was going to help our team. Jim wants to make the move and then tell Mitch to do it. No. (He) doesn’t have that kind of basketball expertise. You’ve got to let Mitch Kupchak make those decisions. That’s what made the Lakers so great. We had Jerry West — the greatest basketball executive of our time — making the basketball decisions. Look at Miami and what’s happening with the Heat. Why are they so great? Because Pat Riley is making basketball decisions. Now he’s the best basketball executive in the game today. And they all came from the Lakers.’ [...] ‘The system is wrong for this team. And if it doesn’t change, (Mike D’Antoni) will be the wrong coach for this team. We don’t have runners — look at the roster. Things will change a little bit offensively — no question — with Steve [Nash] back and healthy. But that’s not going to help us … in terms of playing defense.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe he should coach, oh right he tried that allready

  • roscoe

    Magic has some good points. LAL are pathetic.

  • MasterSplinter

    He isn’t saying he should coach. He’s saying Jim Buss is making poor moves and messing with proven winning formulas, and lacks the proper basketball intuition. I understand though. Your simple minded so you are on auto-pilot to hate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    He has good points (for once), but he’s [pretty much describing why Phil Jackson would have been a better fit for this team then D’Antoni. God, I can’t believe they picked D’Antoni over a man that has 11 rings.

  • MasterSplinter

    Yeah I can’t wrap my head around that one either.

  • keyon dooling

    just sit back, listen to the Laker “fans” defend the D’Antoni choice, and laugh

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    magic is 100% right. maybe he should run this team. kb can run..that is about it!

  • KingBenjamin

    This is exactly why they should have hired Phil Jackson, none of these struggles would have been this bad had he have been the coach, fire D’Antoni and bring back Phil that’s the only solution, this team wasn’t built for D’Antoni’s system or for him to win with them.

  • shockexchange

    Yes, this is exactly why they should have hired Phil – no more excuses. Now we have to listen to the Lakers nation crying, “If only we had hired Phil,” “If only Shaq or Wilt were in their prime,” “If only Thor were available …”

  • theDankerNuggets

    He’s right. D’Antoni was the wrong person to hire. Dr. Buss probably hired him because he thought his system would sell tickets. But any true basketball mind would clearly understand that running the 7 seconds or less offense with the team full of old vets is a bad idea, and now we are seeing them exposed for it.

  • roscoe

    you forgot if only hostess didn’t went out of business.

  • LakeShow

    Naw, good with what we got thanks.

  • bike

    He’s right about the defense. Kobe gambles way too much and opposing teams are taking advantage of it. There was a time Bean could give the offense fits with that style of defense but he has lost just enough step to where it doesn’t cut it anymore.

  • shockexchange

    Well quit crying and play some ball then.

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco … for the win!

  • robb

    No laker fan can defend that choice.

  • robb

    Hey Magic, you’re talking about D’antoni. You can’t ask him for defense, that would be like asking JaVale to use his brain. You can forget about that. As ridiculous as it may sound the Lakers would be playing better with a coach like Woodson. I expect nothing from them this year.

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco you forgot this one, “If only we had Mike Brown back.”

  • LakeShow

    Mmh, missed the crying part? Example? Oh that’s right, EVERYTHING that comes out of your mouth is a lie…
    You should quit crying, and try to reach 5 sales outside your family of your book…

  • shockexchange

    Magic whines throughout the entire article.

  • LEO

    Magic is just stating FACTS. Jim Buss CLEARLY made his feelings clear by getting rid of anything Phil Jackson related. This is the reason why the deal fell apart, Phil asking for more personnel control(rightfully so) was just not going to happen as far as Jim’s concerned. The Lakers will still make the playoffs but that is it. A second round exit will be the best case scenario with the way this team is currently built.

  • roscoe

    good point, but you forgot if only the Mayans didn’t pick 12/12/12.

  • shockexchange

    If only the Lakers had never left Minneapolis.

  • GBtha G

    I can understand Magics frustration…. but the lakers have the wrong coach thats not gonna take ‘em anywhere I swear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    if these guys win the title, everybody should go to the hall of fame even he ballboys

  • LeroyShonuff

    Jerry Sloan would of been a perfect fit for this team… Absolutely perfect…

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