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Five Minutes With: Magic Johnson

By Dave D'Alessandro/The Star-Ledger, The Star-Ledger - Seated courtside watching the Nets and Sixers Wednesday night at Wachovia Center was the greatest point guard in NBA history, who was in town for a speaking engagement. And to his credit, Magic Johnson didn’t shield his eyes from the fiasco, or let the Nets’ presence affect his perpetually upbeat mood.

Q. Did you ever think in your lifetime that you’d see a 7-61 team?

MAGIC: No. No. It’s not good for our league,and it’s not good for the Nets. And the worst part of it is they may not even get the first pick. So I’m hoping those lottery balls fall right for them, and they can improve their team and be a player in free agency. Because nobody wants to be on a team where people will say, ‘Hey, you won seven or eight games?’ every day. That’s not good for anyone to live with, especially all these young guys.”

Q. If they get that top pick, we assume you consider John Wall a franchise-maker?

MAGIC: Yeah, he’s special. Not only on the court, but off the court as well. He’s one of those guys who’s got ‘it.’ I went down to Kentucky to watch him recently, and he’s just amazing. He’ll have instant impact.

Q. But will it work pairing him with Devin Harris?

MAGIC: “I’m not sure. If you’ve got John, you’ve got to give him the reins and build the team around him. And Devin now, it’s kind of hard for him to be from winning and experience this. No question about it, he’s still a special player. But if you have Wall, you’ve got to give him the ball.”

Q. Sounds like you're skeptical about them playing together.

MAGIC: “Well, you probably have to think about trading Devin, because he can bring in something good. He’s a good piece, but if you’ve got to sell tickets and build around a younger guy, you can bring in a nice piece for Devin. Maybe you try playing them together, and he can be a mentor for a while. But you can’t take the No. 1 guy -- a franchise guy -- and not start him.”
Source : Originally Published By Dave D'Alessandro/The Star-Ledger, The Star-Ledger, Mar 17, 2010
Celebrities : Magic Johnson
Categories : Speakers News, Athlete News
Posted 3/17/2010 12:03:56 AM | Permalink
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