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Donald Sterling slams Magic Johnson, cites HIV status

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(via LA TIMES) Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashed out at Magic Johnson during a CNN interview  broadcast Monday night, alluding to the NBA’s great’s HIV-positive diagnosis and saying, “I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

Sterling’s comments came as he addressed racial remarks he made that prompted the NBA to ban him for life. In a recording released by TMZ two weeks ago, Sterling tells a female friend, V. Stiviano, not to associate with black people, including Johnson.

“What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then catches HIV”, Sterling told Anderson Cooper. “I think he should be ashamed of himself.”

Sterling also questioned whether Johnson has made a positive contribution to the African American community in Los Angeles. He then pointed to his own charitable work. Continue reading

More Celebrities React to Clippers’ Owner Donald Sterling’s Racist Rant

Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is catching a lot of heat for his racist rant that was leaked to TMZ Saturday morning.  Pop the hood to see what some well known figures have to say:

Clipper’s Coach Doc Rivers:

Magic Johnson:

Shaq:

Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Al Sharpton:

And of course, we save the best for last, Snoop Dogg:

 

 

Lakers Jerry Buss dies at 80

Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80.

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A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979. He charted his successful course with marquee players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, celebrities sitting courtside and Laker Girls dancing during timeouts.

“I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity,” Buss said. “I mean, the Lakers are pretty damn Hollywood.”

It was a remarkable winning streak for a man who dug his way out of a hardscrabble youth.

A Depression-era baby, Jerry Hatten Buss was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Salt Lake City (other sources say 1933). His parents divorced when he was an infant.

His mother struggled to make ends meet as a waitress in tiny Evanston, Wyo., and Buss remembered standing in food lines in the bitter cold.

Later, Buss earned a science scholarship to the University of Wyoming. At 19 he married a coed named JoAnn Mueller, and they would eventually have four children: John, Jim, Jeanie and Janie.

By the mid-1950s, the couple had moved to Southern California, where Buss earned a doctorate in chemistry at USC. He worked briefly in the aerospace industry, and in the late 1950s, he and a colleague, Frank Mariani, tried their hand at real estate.

They scraped together a few thousand dollars to buy a 14-unit apartment house in West Los Angeles and, to save money, did all the repairs themselves. Their real estate company kept growing as they invested in residential properties, hotels and office buildings.

In 1979, Buss and his partners bought the Lakers (along with the Forum in Inglewood), the NHL’s Kings and a 13,000-acre ranch in Kern County for $67 million from Jack Kent Cooke.

At the time, the NBA had fallen by the wayside and several teams stood on the brink of bankruptcy.

But to Buss, the Lakers looked like a gem in the coal bin. They had a dominant center in Abdul-Jabbar, and the team picked the effervescent Johnson out of Michigan State in the 1979 NBA draft.

Success came quickly. With former Lakers star Jerry West maturing into one of the most gifted general managers in the league, the team won an NBA championship in Buss’ first season. Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper guided the Lakers to five titles.

The Lakers’ next title era came with O’Neal; the precocious Bryant, whom they traded for after he was drafted out of high school; and Jackson as coach. The Lakers won three consecutive championships from 2000 through 2002.

The team then flamed out in the 2004 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons and traded O’Neal to the Miami Heat. At the same time, Jackson walked away.

After a few more disappointing seasons, Bryant demanded a trade, but Buss stood firm.

The Lakers, with Jackson back as coach and with Pau Gasol added to the team, defeated Orlando for the 2008-09 title. The following season, they beat Boston for another championship. It was their 10th and final title under Buss.

“Jerry Buss helped set the league on the course it is on today,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “Remember, he showed us it was about ‘Showtime,’ the notion that an arena can become the focal point for not just basketball, but entertainment. He made it the place to see and be seen.”

The Sports world will miss JB!! He’s a true Legend! RIP!

Magic Johnson Talks About Writing A $50 Million Check!

When it was time to get in on the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers Earvin “Magic” Johnson says he personally signed a $50,000,000 check, the largest he ever signed in his life, helping his group buy the team for $2.15 billion. Back in 2010 the NBA legend sold his stake in the Lakers and his 105 Starbucks franchises to free up about $100 million in cash according to sports experts.

Dang Magic!  Let us hold something!

Stevie Wonder, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Basketball Wives + More Celebrate Magic Johnson and The Dodgers

NBA hall of famer and former Laker legend Magic Johnson celebrated his part-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night at RnB Live in Studio City, California.

Johnson, who has become involved in several entrepreneurial ventures across LA since retiring from the Lakers, said that he is still in disbelief regarding his new role with the Dodgers.

“I still have to pinch myself when I think about it,” said Johnson on the red carpet. “Going to the stadium and looking around like, ‘Wow, I’m a part of this historic franchise,’ it’s exciting.”

Several athletes and celebrities were on hand for Wednesday’s event, including the legendary Stevie Wonder, Brandy Norwood,  Keyshia Cole, James Vanderbeek, Basketball Wives Imani Showalter and Malaysia Pargo and Nick Young (LA Clippers) to name a few.

Our own @RheaBea and co-host @iAmRanella had the opportunity to catch up with Magic Johnson on the Red Carpet and the megastar opened up about being the first Black Major League Baseball owner, his love for music and the future of a NFL team in Los Angeles.

Pop the hood to check out the interview: Continue reading