Does Magic Johnson Really Care About the Success of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Always go with the guy who cares too much over the guy who doesn’t care enough.

In a team game, give me a passionate Nick Young, who won’t stand for disrespect and will roar with pride in himself and his team—even if he loses control for a moment the way he did on Wednesday night.

Caring is not an excuse for lack of control, but it’s real and understandable.

So you might think that the same applies to Magic Johnson, who logically should care deeply about the Los Angeles Lakers and take immense pride in their brand.

But does Magic really care? I don’t think so anymore.

Johnson made his latest brainless, whichever-way-the-wind-blows comments Wednesday in a meeting with Los Angeles Times staffers.

His uneducated, shallow, fleeting assessments indicate he's a bandwagon guy who mainly wants to make clear, in a trap a lot of older people tend to fall into, that the past was better. Jerry Buss was his benefactor, Jerry West was great, blah blah blah.

If Johnson really cared, he'd be responsible with his comments.

Whether or not Jim Buss deserves anyone’s defense, the reality is that Johnson has flip-flopped. Speaking with the LA Times in August 2012, Magic raved about Buss following the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard:

I love it. Jim, you look like your father; I’m proud of you. He’s definitely the guy now to win the NBA executive-of-the-year award.

This is also so good for Coach Mike Brown. He knows defense so well and Dwight is going to erase those shots coming down the lane, and Mike will know just how to use him. The Lakers’ tradition of great centers continues. It's just great.

Here was Johnson on Wednesday:

This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it’s ...

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