Magic Johnson is still a member of the “Laker family”, but isn’t involved in day to day operations. But that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t bleed purple and gold. Enough to where he can’t help voice his opinions when he doesn’t agree with something. Namely, the Mike D’Antoni hire.
After tweeting that he would remain silent if he didn’t “have anything nice to say,” Magic Johnson said what was on his mind anyway.
Johnson doesn’t think Mike D’Antoni is the right coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and can’t understand how the franchise passed on bringing back Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.
And Johnson doesn’t believe in Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss.
“I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss. I don’t believe in Jim Buss,” Johnson said on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” on Wednesday night. “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.”