In recent times, Magic Johnson has been one of Jim Buss’ harshest critics, and it appears that Dr. Jerry Buss wasn’t too happy with Earvin’s comments about his son.
According to Ric Bucher, who did a in-depth piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Buss was hurt by Magic’s public criticism of his son:
[pullquote]Magic Johnson, as close to a deity among Lakers fans as there is, also has criticized Jim’s leadership. “I don’t believe in Jim Buss,” said Johnson on national TV after Jackson was passed over for D’Antoni. Jim says those words hurt him and his dad and affected Dr. Buss’ feelings about Johnson, who sold his interest in the Lakers in 2010 to join the group that now owns the Dodgers. Jeanie, on the other hand, says of Johnson: “Whenever I’ve needed his help, he’s always been there for me. I couldn’t be closer to him.” (Johnson couldn’t be reached for comment.)[/pullquote]
Dr. Buss is said to have treated Magic as if he were one of his own children, so to see him turn on Jim had to be hurtful for the elder Buss.
Hopefully, Magic and Jim can put their differences aside and form some kind of relationship; it probably helps that Jeanie Buss is still apparently good friends with Magic – maybe she can be the middle man (or woman) to bring them together.
Magic has such a great legacy with the Lakers and it was made possible in part because of Dr. Buss. It’d be nice Jim and Earvin get on good terms: it’s what Jerry would’ve wanted.