Magic Johnson: L.A. needed change

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Updated: August 22, 2014, 1:49 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The idea is for Magic Johnson to get far enough away from all of the businesses and teams and people and things he is plugged into on a daily basis. Get on a plane and fly to Europe, then get on a yacht and sail around the Mediterranean for a month, then give contact information only to those who know how important it is for Johnson to get away from the sports and business empire he has built since retiring from the NBA.

That's the idea anyway. Getting Johnson to actually ...

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