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Magic Johnson: 'I Hope the Lakers Lose Every Game'

Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should cash it in this season and hope for a high draft pick.

"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told reporters at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. And I'm serious."

The Lakers are tied for the second worst record in the NBA and finished last year with a 27-55 record, which was the worst 82-game stretch in franchise history.

"I don't see teams tanking. It doesn't happen. Maybe there are certain teams in the league -- and this is not one of them -- where ownership sits up there in their office and they're crossing their fingers quietly and hoping," Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant said. "But the players themselves? Never. Players play. Players play and players try to win every single game. That's just what we do."

Lakers head coach Byron Scott played with Johnson and wasn't looking too much into those comments.

"It's more of a laughing matter to me than anything," Scott said. "I know Ervin and how competitive he is and I understand where he's coming from -- 'Yeah, lose every game and hopefully you'll get the No. 1 pick.' That doesn't guarantee that you're going to get the No. 1 pick. You go out here and try to win as much as you can to try to create that culture of winning again instead of having that loser's mentality. That's how I look at it."

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NBA Investigating Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Alleged Racial Comments

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is under investigation by the NBA after an audio recording purportedly by TMZ Sports caught Sterling making racial remarks to his girlfriend about her association with minorities.

Sterling's girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is black and Mexican, posted a picture of her with Magic Johnson on Instagram, a photo that has since been removed.

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" the man believed to be Sterling says in the audio. He continues, "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games."

Johnson responded following the news of Sterling's comments.

"TMZ reported this morning that Clippers owner Donald Sterling doesn't want me or other African-Americans to come to Clippers games," Johnson tweeted.

"LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about African Americans are a black eye for the NBA," Johnson's tweet continued.

".@cjbycookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner."

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Magic Johnson Offers $1 Million If Lebron James Does Dunk Contest

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite being one of the NBA's best dunkers, Miami Heat forward Lebron James has never participated in the dunk contest. That could all be changing at Magic Johnson declared he'd put up $1 million if James participates in the event.

Lately, James' pre-game dunks have been wildly popular, only fueling basketball fan's desire to see James take part in the annual event. While James has said he has no interest in the past, Johnson isn't making it any easier on him.

"Please, Lebron, get in the dunk contest. I am going to put up a million dollars," Johnson said. "A million dollars from Magic to Lebron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner."

Currently, the NBA pays the winner of hte contest $100,000 while the runner-up receives $50,000.

Johnson also added he like to see more stars back in the event. The dunk contest in recent years has catered more to bench and role players, not nearly as many big name player participate in the event compared to previous years.

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LeBron James Takes Home Third MVP Title

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- An emotional LeBron James stepped up to the podium to receive his third Most Valuable Player trophy on Saturday.

James has now won the last three out of four MVP crowns and stepped into elite company becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.  He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone among the players who have as many MVP trophies.

"This is my ninth year in the NBA, less than ten years ago, I had dreams of being in the NBA, I had dreams of putting on an NBA uniform," said James.  "I never dreamed about being an NBA most valuable player."

James stressed the importance of his Heat team who joined him on stage during his speech.

"Even though my name is on this individual award, it's not just my award," said James.  "The reason I am up here today is because of those guys."

James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes.

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Magic Johnson's Group Reaches Deal To Buy L.A. Dodgers

Scott Boehm /Getty Images Sport(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has agreed to sell the bankrupt club for $2 billion to a group that includes basketball legend Magic Johnson. The deal is subject to approval in federal bankruptcy court.

"I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles," Johnson said in a statement.

The deal is set to close April 30th.

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Johnson: Kobe Must Talk With Buss

Akpanudosen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said on Tuesday that Kobe Bryant and the Lakers need to sit down with management and address some issues.

Both Bryant and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak have been firing blows at each other through the media the last couple days about the handling of teammate Pau Gasol's future with Los Angeles, and Johnson says this needs to end.

"We have to remember now, it's not Mitch's situation anymore," said the five-time NBA champion.

"[Kupchak is] not running the team," Johnson said. "Jim Buss is running the team. So, Mitch has to follow the direction of Jim Buss and what he wants. I wouldn't say Mitch is the problem or anything. He's going to do his job."

When Bryant was informed about Johnson saying that the two should sit down and talk, Bryant said, "Perhaps." Bryant added, "Nobody else is going to say it. I'm the only one with cojones big enough to say it, so I said it."

For now, the drama continues into All-Star weekend in Orlando with Pau Gasol still wearing the purple and gold.

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Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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Johnson Encourages Lakers Players to Rally Around Bryant

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Lakers star Magic Johnson said during a conference call on Tuesday with reporters that the Los Angeles Lakers' success this season will fall upon current star Kobe Bryant's supporting cast.

If the team has any shot this year of tying the Boston Celtics' 17 overall championships, other players like Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol will be called upon heavily this season.  Johnson stressed the importance of Bryant making sure they are actively involved.

"What Kobe has to do now is really look to get Gasol and Bynum going and then pick and choose when he should dominate," said Johnson. "Because he's going to need help, especially more this season than any other season, for them to be really one of the best teams and win a championship."

The Lakers' run at their 17th title starts Christmas Day when they host the Chicago Bulls.

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Magic Johnson Making Run at Buying Dodgers

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Lakers star Magic Johson is making a run at buying the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN.

"I'm excited to be a part of a group that has Stan Kasten, who has run the Atlanta Braves as well as the Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, who is an outstanding business man," Johnson said.  "I understand the Dodger brand and what the Dodgers mean to all the people who live in Los Angeles.  I want to bring the winning ways back to the Dodgers."

Johnson has known Stan Kasten, the former president of both the Braves and Nationals, for 30 years. Kasten approached Johnson in November about the idea.

Mark Walter, the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, a private global financial services firm, will be providing most of the money in the group. According to a fact sheet on his firm, Guggenheim Partners has more than $125 billion in assets under management.

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Magic Johnson, 20 Years Later

NOVEMBER 7, 1991: Magic Johnson announces his retirement from basketball after being diagnosed as HIV positive. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Monday marked the 20th anniversary of basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson's announcement that he was HIV-positive and retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since making the announcement, Johnson has been able to maintain a normal lifestyle, thanks to medication.  He came back to play 32 games for the Lakers in 1996 and has become a successful businessman in retirement.

On the same day Johnson made his announcement, he created the Magic Johnson Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission, according to the foundation's website, is to "address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities."

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