Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Magic sounds off on latest moves
By Ramona Shelburne
LOS ANGELES -- Magic Johnson has had plenty to deal with as owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers of late, but when you stick a microphone in front of him and ask about the Los Angeles Lakers, he's always going to have an opinion.
Asked whether the Lakers are now a championship team with the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison, Johnson smiled and said, "I think we still need two to three pieces but if they can add a shooter, as I've told [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], we've got a shot.
"One thing Oklahoma City still relies on talent. With Steve Nash, what happened to us in the fourth quarter [in two games during the Lakers second-round playoff series] would not happen to us. Especially that second game and we had a seven-point lead in the last two minutes and we turned it over three times. We didn't get good shots. All we had to do was score one time and the game was over. I think Steve helps with all of that."
Johnson is still listed as an executive with the Lakers but said he's not directly involved in team business anymore. He said he wasn't sure if the Lakers would eventually land Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard in a trade.
"I don't know. I can't tell you. I don't know what they're going to do," he said. "If they don't they've got to roll with what they've got and hopefully improve the bench. They've done a good job with Jamison.
"One thing about the Lakers is they're a very smart team. I think they'll give the Thunder a lot of trouble because of their talent, and they're very smart. Steve Nash, man, the shots that we're going to get with him are going to be amazing. Kobe's going to love playing with him. Finally he can have a chance to rest on offense."