Legendary Laker Magic Johnson is making a comeback as a player for the rest of this season, Forumblueandgold.com has learned from a series of exclusive interviews at Staples Center last night. With the team struggling and attendance down, the proud organization is reaching into its past to help guide this team in the future.
At 6â€™9â€ and a whole lot more pounds than he played at in the 1980s, Magic is going to step in as the power forward the Lakers have needed this season. In an exclusive interview in a luxury box above the game last night, Magic said he could still play.
â€œI was telling Chuck and Kenny the other night I could still grab some boards in this league and thatâ€™s when it hit me â€” this team needs me,â€ Magic said. â€œIâ€™m going to need a bigger uniform than I used to â€” maybe that one hanging up there on the wall â€” but aside that Iâ€™m ready to go. Iâ€™m already better than Brian Grant.â€
More than just on the court, Magic said he thought he could help this revamped Laker team gel into a cohesive unit.
â€œIâ€™m taking them all out so we can bond like a team. First weâ€™re going to all go eat at my TGI Fridays. Then, weâ€™re going to my theaters to see a movie. Itâ€™s hard though man, itâ€™s all a negotiation with these guys now. I thought we should all go see â€œRing Twoâ€ but it turns out Kobeâ€™s still really sensitive about the ring thing. Maybe weâ€™ll just see â€œBeauty Shop.â€
Jeannie Buss tied Magicâ€™s comeback into the only thing she talks about â€” Phil Jackson.
â€œI think this helps us get Phil back,â€ she said. â€œHe wants a coaching challenge and I was worried because heâ€™s already coached Kobe and theyâ€™re looking for someone to coach LeBron. But Philâ€™s never coached Magic â€” and Philâ€™s no Paul Westhead so Magic canâ€™t run him off. I think this means heâ€™ll come back. Please tell me heâ€™s coming back. Please?â€
More details from the official press conference later today when they are available.