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Magic Johnson preaches mental toughness to Dodgers

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07:27 AM ET 03.23 | Minority owner Magic Johnson visited the Dodgers for the first time this spring and spoke to players in a team meeting Friday morning. "To sum up the whole meeting, it was basically about winning," outfielder Carl Crawford said. "Everybody knows Magic is a winner." During the hourlong meeting, Johnson took questions from players. "I thought that would be fun," Johnson said. "It was amazing." Johnson said he was asked about how his Lakers teams approached road games. "We loved going on the road," Johnson said. "We loved shutting the crowd up. That's when your mental toughness comes into play, when you have to go into Boston Garden against Larry Bird or against Michael [Jordan] in Chicago. You really have to be tough. You really have to be focused on your game."

Los Angeles Times

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March 23, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Magic loved the road because thats where the tail was plentiful!

March 23, 2013  09:24 AM ET

More like Magic preaches mental illness.

March 23, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Mental toughness is the first thing I think of when I see Zack Greinke. And we all saw while they were in Boston Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are mentally weak as well. So good luck Magic.

March 23, 2013  09:34 AM ET

That is nice, but it was so long ago to the guys he is preaching to that he would do as well to show an old Knute Rockne win one for the gipper movie.

March 23, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Mental toughness is the first thing I think of when I see Zack Greinke. And we all saw while they were in Boston Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are mentally weak as well. So good luck Magic.

LOL, it's probably true that "Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are mentally weak", but the baseball town of Boston is "mentally weak"!!!!!

March 23, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LOL, it's probably true that "Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are mentally weak", but the baseball town of Boston is "mentally weak"!!!!!

We may be a little mental, but we're not weak.

March 23, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We may be a little mental, but we're not weak.

Okay, fair enough, but part of "Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez being mentally weak" at Boston, should be blamed on the coaching staff!!!

March 23, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Well as long as he's not preaching about fidelity............and I'm not talking about the investment firm.

March 23, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Mental toughness is the first thing I think of when I see Zack Greinke. And we all saw while they were in Boston Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are mentally weak as well. So good luck Magic.

in a new stadium with a new management and new team anything could arise this year though, should the dodgers fail to reach the playoffs? the GM and the manager heads will be rolling,,,,

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March 23, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

in a new stadium with a new management and new team anything could arise this year though, should the dodgers fail to reach the playoffs? the GM and the manager heads will be rolling,,,,

Good comment and that is the bottomline!!!

March 23, 2013  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

in a new stadium with a new management and new team anything could arise this year though, should the dodgers fail to reach the playoffs? the GM and the manager heads will be rolling,,,,

Dodgers have a new stadium?

March 23, 2013  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Dodgers have a new stadium?

No, but they've made some fairly extensive renovations in the offseason.

March 23, 2013  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

More like Magic preaches mental illness.

good one.

March 23, 2013  03:43 PM ET

I wonder what the players thought about the pep talk.

March 23, 2013  04:01 PM ET

Hanley is already down - they better hope Kemp is healthy. If yes they could be a playoff team - if not - 200+MM for third place

March 23, 2013  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We may be a little mental, but we're not weak.

especially behind the wheel. ;)

March 23, 2013  08:13 PM ET

He should also say keep your picker in your pickle jar and not in someones else's pickle jar.

March 23, 2013  09:26 PM ET
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He should also say keep your picker in your pickle jar and not in someones else's pickle jar.

LOL, what the -uck does your comment, have to do with this article???????

 
March 24, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We may be a little mental, but we're not weak.

True - they are great fans for their team......

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