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Magic pans D'Antoni deal, doesn't believe in Jim Buss


08:08 AM ET 11.15 | After first taking the high road, Magic Johnson seems to have changed his mind. Johnson doesn't think Mike D'Antoni is the right coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and can't understand how the franchise passed on bringing back Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. And Johnson doesn't believe in Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss. "I love Dr. (Jerry) Buss. I don't believe in Jim Buss," Johnson said on ESPN's "NBA Countdown" on Wednesday night. "He's made two critical mistakes already. To me, they made two critical mistakes. First, hiring Mike Brown -- he wasn't the right coach. He's a great coach but not the right coach for the Lakers. And I don't feel Mike D'Antoni is the right coach for the Lakers."

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November 15, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Magic still needs to be front and center

November 15, 2012  08:40 AM ET

I believe he will be a better coach than you Mr. Magic

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November 15, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Dyson Has Nothing On Jimmy Buss, Bro.

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November 15, 2012  09:16 AM ET

In this world of free opinion crap like this makes you wish a little bit of dictatorship will be good for the greater good!

November 15, 2012  09:20 AM ET

I think the Lakers will be OK. Just taking off the harness of the Princeton Offense has already made them much better. Many of the key players play defense by nature so that should make up any differences.Phil was the best choice no doubt. But the Lakers should still be a good team and maybe D'Antoni can come up with some creative ways to get offense now that he has Nash back.Either way it should be better than the Princeton under Brown.

MMA, I gave mad kudos to "The City Beautiful" in the Ronnie Brewer Knicks thread, check it out. Now on to the business at hand........I absolutely agree with Magic on his take. Mike D. will never get the best outta his players and in every sense of the word "leaderless" coach he mirrors Mike B. in that respect......translation.....bad hires because of bad interference by Brat Buss, plain and simple.

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November 15, 2012  09:31 AM ET

If you want to make a comment about the Lakers buy the team or shut up

November 15, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Why does Magic get all the questions regarding the Lakers' moves? They never ask Kareem, Worthy, or Rambis anything!

November 15, 2012  09:38 AM ET

that statue is going to 'magically' be taken down for repairs if he keeps hammering the mothership


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November 15, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Because Magic is the one that is on ESPN and or TNT all the time. He's got a bully pulpit and the respect that goes with it so he can be the one that says what needs to be said.

Well sometimes he just needs to keep 'ish to himself because this dude does more than voice his opinion. He takes it entirely too personal. I understand that he'll always bleed purple & gold but DAMN!

November 15, 2012  09:49 AM ET

D'antoni is a great coach.

Good coach, not great

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