Magic will always be a Laker at heart. He should do what’s best for him.

Yahoo! Sports: Magic Johnson “wants a large piece in a franchise or at the very least the chance to run a front office,” NBA.com reports, and that isn’t going to be happening for him with the Los Angeles Lakers anytime soon.

So both Johnson and owner Jerry Buss tell the site that it’s inevitable that Johnson will split from Laker Land.

“I’ll still be a Laker forever,” Johnson told the site. “If there’s a chance for me to go run a team, if I felt that’s what I wanted to do, would I take it? Yeah, if the right situation came. I know one day that’s gonna probably happen. I love being with Dr. Buss and the Buss family and working with them, but I know one day something is going to happen. I can definitely see me not being with the Lakers, yeah.”

The site notes that Johnson “is believed to have about five percent of the Lakers” and does work with the personnel and marketing departments. Last week, the site reports that he expressed interest in being a part owner and front-office worker for the Detroit Pistons, which would mark a return to his home state.

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  • SteveAveryisStupid

    First.. Avery is still stupid!

    • Steve Avery

      INDEED I AM!

  • laker warrior

    Big Mistake Magic. Nobody wants to go to play in Detroit. Its
    LA or Miami Broads, Buds as in green, Big Lights, Bucks
    Thats the NBA.

  • avcpl

    So how much does 5% of the Lakers equate to?

    • Colin Beatt

      Luke Walton

      • 242LakerFan

        That’s funny LOL!

      • PRLaker

        LMAO!!!!!!!

  • laker fan for life and death

    The reason he got the 5 per cent was he had a no trade contract. And was still under the contract. Buss at the time was willing to pay him for doing nothing so they made a agreement to defer the money and giving him 5 per cent ownership. Which he would ave to give back.
    Jerry Buss loves Magic but like chicks and money more.
    So though he got 5 per cent is was more of I dont have money to pay you for this contract and you have aids which really was not basketball related.

  • Sir

    Don’t do it Magic!

  • 24allup inya

    who cares? let him go buy the sorry ass pistons! Ironicly i was thinking of them this morning when i woke up thinking how in the hell did we lose in the 04 finals??? we had Malone Payton Kobe Shaq! just goes to show that too much franchise players on one team is not good! yup!

  • sohail

    he should do a 1 hr special..lol

  • Kisofdeath

    Nothing big just like what jordans doing with charlotte it’s probably alot of players dream to own part of their hometown team.

  • laughoutloud

    Best of luck to a class act. He has been a great supporter for this organization and one of the greatest lakers and NBA players of all time.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    Once again Magic ran showtime,the mamamba runs SLOWTIME….Detriot needs help,magicman will make a difference.

  • Showtime4eva

    Magic buying the pistons is understandable if he could build a strong franchise, his home state and the city of Detroit could use an economical shot in the arm. The lakers are in good hands as they always have been. It’s seems like only yesterday. When in 88′ Showtime locked horns with the bad boys. Seven tough games and a great series! I personally think that lakers squad was the greatest of all n.b.a teams. 87′ and 88′ that back to back was team was a perfect flawless team. Lol except for father time. Good luck on that magic! But me being from Inglewood I’m proud to say I watched watched maybe the greatest of basketball teams in my home town.

  • Say Queensbridge

    i thought magic was working as an espn analyst

    • Showtime4eva

      He’s also the CEO of magic enterprise starting up Starbucks an a gang of movie theaters. magic does good investing. This seems a little risky but, he be doing work an research.

  • Robert.

    Magic is actually a good businessman. He parlayed his earnings into many successful businesses, and chances are owning a basketball franchise would be no different. Plus, it’s his hometown. It almost makes sense to do something like this.
    .
    And he would be in the same league as MJ, with his (MJ’) ownership of the Wizards. I’m just not sure Motor Town has the market that Washington does.
    .
    The only thing I have not been happy about in the past year is Magic’s attempt at unbiased commentating on ESPN (which by and large have a bias against Lakers). He has tried to indicate non-bias toward the Lakers, and even picked the Cavs early on to win it all. But we all know he is a Laker at heart, and always will be.
    .
    If he leaves the Lakers and still works for ESPN, he can make his comments without his co-commentators making comments about his Lakers stake. So, there won’t be a conflict of ‘commentating’ interest if he buys part of Detroit.
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    Detroit will very probably not attract superstars, so it’s a sure bet that Magic won’t be owning a potential championship team. It’s on the order of “Rambis becoming coach” of the TWolves. It’s a great gig, but not leading to something like the great Lakers franchise.

  • bdmf

    do whatever u think is good for you magic
    i’ll always love you!

  • lakers0828

    For sure I will miss Magic if He leaves But the Guy Deserves a chance to Run a Franchise After being with the Lakers for So Long Yeah Why not do it I think he Should But He is and will always be a laker in My eyes and Truly one of the Best Players of All time the Best Laker in My eyes of All time Until Kobe gets 6 its Still Magic Lakers

    • 24allup inya

      estas pendejo!

  • PRLaker

    hey hey, ingles carajo, esto es estados unidos, hahah, es relajo me gusta siempre ver mi lengua natal
    ps fuck the heat!