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Magic Johnson on Isiah Thomas

Bloomberg's Erik Matuszewski and Scott Soshnick:

Magic Johnson says he won't make the same mistake twice and recommend Isiah Thomas for front office or coaching jobs in the National Basketball Association.

Johnson five years ago told New York Knicks executives that they should hire Thomas, his good friend. Thomas, a Hall of Fame point guard, was fired as coach and president of the Knicks last year as the team suffered through its seventh straight losing season and was at the center of a sexual-harassment lawsuit won by a former team official.

"I couldn't recommend him again because he's failed a couple times now," Johnson, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio's "On the Ball" program airing Nov. 29. "So I would probably have to just pass on that one."

Remember they were famous for kissing each other on the court? My whole career is about people telling the truth. I love the truth!

But some little part of me would like the world better if Magic Johnson had stood by his friend.

Assuming they are still friends.