Magic Johnson

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5 Celebs Who Pray

In some cases, every single day

(Newser) - Magic Johnson is turning the other cheek when it comes to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling: "I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him," Johnson recently said after Sterling said some less-than-kind things about him on... More »

Magic Johnson: I'll Pray for Sterling

He also defends his work in the black community

(Newser) - After Clippers owner Donald Sterling went on CNN last night and seemingly made things even worse for himself by going after Magic Johnson, the former basketball star doesn't sound much interested in returning fire. "I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and... More »

Sterling Slams Magic Johnson for Getting 'Those AIDS'

Remember, he doesn't actually have AIDS

(Newser) - Donald Sterling talked to Anderson Cooper on CNN in an interview that aired last night, and though he apologized for his racist remarks that could cost him his ownership of the LA Clippers, the comments getting the most play are the ones he made about Magic Johnson. Sterling says the... More »

NBA Bans Sterling for Life

Fined $2.5M; owners may force him to sell the team

(Newser) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling today, announcing that the league was banning Sterling for life from "any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA." Sterling will not be allowed to attend any NBA games or practices, be involved in... More »

Obama: Sterling Tape 'Incredibly Offensive'

Magic Johnson also swipes back

(Newser) - The racist and alleged comments of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling have attracted the wrath of some really big names, including the leader of the free world. "The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published," Obama said today in Malaysia, as... More »

NBA Probes Racist Audio Said to Be Clippers Owner

Donald Sterling allegedly tells girlfriend not to bring black people to games

(Newser) - The NBA is investigating a TMZ-released tape of a racist screed, allegedly by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, ESPN reports. The recording, according to TMZ, reveals Sterling arguing with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, over a picture she posted on Instagram of herself and Magic Johnson. "It bothers me... More »

Magic Johnson Group Buys Dodgers for $2B

Frank McCourt accepts record-breaking bid

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will become the most expensive sports franchise ever sold under a deal reached between owner Frank McCourt and a group led by Magic Johnson. The $2.3 billion all-cash deal includes $2 billion for the team, and $150 million for a joint venture on land surrounding... More »

Obama, NBA Stars Play Hoops for Troops

'Wounded warriors' watch; reporters boxed out

(Newser) - President Obama played basketball today with a constellation of NBA stars and a ringer from the national champion UConn women's team. Service members injured in action and participants in the White House mentoring program watched, but the press pool waited outside, the Washington Post reports. Retired stars Magic Johnson and... More »

Khloe Kardashian Meets Obama

White House ceremony honors NBA champion Lakers

(Newser) - You work hard your whole life, you become a professional basketball player, you win the NBA championship, you attend a White House ceremony honoring that feat—and the headlines say, "Khloe Kardashian meets President Obama." That's the fate of Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom, and his Los Angeles Lakers... More »

Magic Johnson: Isiah Spread Rumors I Was Gay

Thomas denies accusation, feels 'really hurt'

(Newser) - Magic Johnson blames former friend Isiah Thomas for spreading rumors that Johnson was gay after he announced he had HIV in 1991. "Isiah kept questioning people about it,'' Magic writes. "I couldn't believe that. The one guy I thought I could count on had all these doubts.... More »

March Madness: It All Started With Larry and Magic

1979 title game made basketball a slam dunk with public, book says

(Newser) - March wasn't always so mentally unstable. A new book claims the whole college roundball craze started 30 years ago, when Michigan State and Indiana State—and their stars, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird—met in the title game. “You couldn't have asked for a better dynamic between these two... More »

B-Ball Stars Say Obama's Got Game

Hoopsters pick apart presidential skills in CNN roundtable

(Newser) - Basketball stars of today and yesterday have dissected President Barack Obama’s game on CNN, the Swamp blog reports. "He's smart at the game," Magic Johnson said today, watching a clip of the president shooting hoops. “He sees the play before it develops. That is how he... More »

Beverly Hills Turf War Splits Wealthy Residents

Residents of ritzy enclaves head to court over access, upkeep fees

(Newser) - A turf war has broken out between two upscale Beverly Hills enclaves, home to the likes of movie mogul Sumner Redstone and basketball legend Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Business Journal reports. Residents of North Beverly Park got fed up with nannies and other employees of their South Beverly Park... More »

Johnson Brings Magic to Urban Development

Basketball legend's fund has raised $1B, despite realty slump

(Newser) - Amid the subprime and recession chaos sits a gleaming urban development fund that has banked $1 billion with basketball legend Magic Johnson at the helm. The Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund has already completed major projects in Hollywood and Chicago, reports the LA Times, and, Johnson says, "The potential for revitalization... More »

Blackstone Lobbying Backfires

Private equity firms ‘overreach’ with claim they help the poor

(Newser) - Private equity firms launched their first coordinated effort at lobbying this year—and overshot by a long stretch, Bloomberg reports. Blackstone and 11 other firms joined hands to fight a tax hike on carried interest—fund managers' share of profits—and have gone so far as to argue that the... More »

Nash Gashed; Suns Eclipsed

San Antonio veterans seize opportunity, break home-court advantage in Phoenix

(Newser) - Bleeding copiously, wiry Canadian heartthrob Steve Nash was forced to the sidelines in the final minute of the semifinals opener against San Antonio, and Phoenix wilted without their go-to scorer.  Nash's nose collided with the forehead of rival point guard and Frenchman Tony Parker, who scored 32 points. ... More »

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