The brilliant luster on NBA luminary Earvin Magic Johnson’s star showed signs of tarnishing this past week.
One of my favorite sports figures of all-time, Magic demonstrated that he needs to guard his tongue in the same way he expertly protected the basketball during his Hall of Fame NBA career.
The retired NBA player, now businessman extraordinaire, raised eyebrows recently by metaphorically turning the ball over on two critical occasions.
The beloved Los Angeles Laker with the megawatt smile has always pined for the spotlight and has often deftly foisted himself into national sports media coverage. And, his decisions and carefully crafted words seemed as if they were always sprinkled with stardust.
However, Earvin displayed a less than magical touch when dealing with the media in stories involving the Mike D’Antoni resignation and the Donald Sterling fiasco.
Last night, old #32 stepped out of bounds with his unexpected, unnecessary tweet expressing glee over D’Antoni’s resignation as Lakers’ coach.
The uncharacteristic Johnson post immediately brought scrutiny and ignited criticism. Current Lakers’ players Jordan Farmar, Jodi Meeks and Wes Johnson thanked D’Antoni and acknowledged his professionalism, recognizing the difficult circumstances and lack of NBA Playoff contending talent the departed coach had at his disposal.
However, friend and respected TNT commentator Charles Barkley jumped on Johnson. “Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.”
In addition, Johnson found himself neck deep in the sordid Donald Sterling saga and the subsequent discussions surrounding the expected sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
When the Sterling matter that unfortunately involved an unwitting Johnson originally surfaced, Magic unequivocally stated that he had no intentions of buying the Clippers. He tweeted, “To NBA fans, I want to put a stop to the rumor. I am not trying to buy the Clippers, they already have an owner.”
Then, two days later, like his patented no-look pass on the Showtime break, no one saw his flip-flop coming.
Magic contradicted his April 28th tweet in which he denied interest in purchasing the Clippers franchise by suddenly and enthusiastically expressing interest in the team.
Johnson offered that he and his partners, the Guggenheim Investment Group, were purposed to buy Sterling’s NBA team.
Whoa! This doesn’t sound like the magic Johnson sports fans have all grown to love and respect.
Watch your words, Magic. Be more discreet with your tweets.
Because, as your buddy Charles Barkley eloquently said, Magic Johnson’s bigger than that!
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!