Magic said time was a factor

Updated: February 15, 2004, 8:49 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 ...

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