Magic Johnson backtracks, vows to stop complaining about Lakers

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After complaining about the Lakers for what seems like forever, Magic Johnson took to Twitter tonight and vowed to stop attacking his former team.

This is quite a U-turn for Magic. Earlier in the week, the Lakers legend was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he criticized Mike D’Antoni’s ability to teach defense.

“We made a critical mistake in not bringing Phil Jackson back,” Johnson told Leno. “[D'Antoni] don’t teach defense. I can’t stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers: pick-and-roll, and the guard goes all the way in for the layup. We’re forty-something games into the season. The teams run the same play on us. We haven’t stopped it yet … uh, duh!”

These comments came just weeks after the five-time NBA champion ripped into Jim Buss during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Magic criticized the Lakers for signing Steve Nash, despite stating that Buss was “definitely the guy now to win the NBA executive-of-the-year award” after the team acquired the Canadian point guard and Dwight Howard in 2012.

However, it appears that Johnson is done complaining – at least for now – and that’s good news for the Lakers and their fans.


Magic is such a huge public figure that many fans will take his comments to heart and believe them to be true without looking into the facts themselves. While everybody is entitled to their own opinion, expecting more from a roster full of injured players is just absurd.

Hopefully, Magic will be able to change the minds of the fans he’s already influenced and convince them to support Mike D’Antoni and Jim Buss. They should at least be given a fair shot to turn things around before the fan base labels them failure.

Thankfully, Magic’s finally doing just that.

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