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Magic said time was a factor

Updated: February 17, 2004, 11:28 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson disclosed Saturday that he was a leading candidate to run the New York Knicks' basketball operation before the Knicks hired Isiah Thomas. Besides the fact that Johnson still is a Lakers' vice president, Johnson said one obstacle was that the Knicks "wanted a decision quick." "You're definitely interested," Johnson said, after teaming with Lakers guard Derek Fisher and WNBA star Lisa Leslie to win the Shooting Stars competition on Saturday ...

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