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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Magic Johnson ends Twitter silence

By Ramona Shelburne
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Magic Johnson has become a prolific tweeter since joining Twitter nearly two years ago.

That was until this week, when the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the basketball world by hiring Mike D'Antoni as their new coach despite having a chance to bring back Hall of Famer Phil Jackson.

Johnson, who had endorsed Jackson and Brian Shaw in the wake of Mike Brown's firing last Friday, went silent. Too silent. He finally explained why on Wednesday.

"The reason I haven't tweeted in 2 days is because I've been mourning Phil Jackson not being hired as the Lakers head coach," Johnson tweeted Wednesday morning. "My mother always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Questions about Johnson's influence on the Lakers' decision making arose last week in a series of reports that had him playing a role in Brown's firing. Jackson took to Twitter to refute those reports last week.

"I'd like to address some rumors related to my role in the firing of Mike Brown," he tweeted. "I had NO conversations w/ Dr. Buss, Jim Buss or Mitch (Kupchak). If I was involved w/the firing of Mike Brown, I would own it like I did w/Paul Westhead. The last time I spoke to Dr. Buss, was 3 months ago & we were merely reminiscing about the Showtime Lakers days."

Earlier, Johnson had tweeted his support for bringing back Jackson and offered his thoughts on Brown's firing. "The Lakers need a championship caliber coach," he tweeted. "Feel bad for Coach Mike Brown, who's a great guy, but don't think he was the right guy for the job in the first place. I'd love to see Phil Jackson or Brian Shaw. Wish Pat Riley was available."