Whether, talk of Magic Johnson being interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers is true or not, the former Laker great continues to run his mouth on Twitter like he’s still ‘all in’ for the Lakers. Don’t get me wrong, the greatest Laker of all-time is free to say what he wants about the team he helped deliver 5 NBA titles. However, I think the way the message is delivered can be just as important as the message. Magic, who has been a very successful businessman since retiring from playing and a short stint as a coach, took to Twitter last night to express his feelings on Lakers head coach, Mike D’Antoni, resigning from that position.
Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2014
Really? Was this really necessary? Magic’s comments on Twitter and in various interviews about how D’Antoni was so in over his head, and would never be a good fit in L.A. are beyond childish. Just because you don’t agree with his style of play or how he interacts with certain players, doesn’t mean you should disrespect him in social media. I thought Magic was supposed to be so much bigger than that? He’s obviously not.
I think D’Antoni deserves some credit for staying the course in the worst possible nightmare of a season. How many coaches could have done better with a roster that wasn’t much better than it’s D-League roster? How many coaches could have done better after losing Kobe Bryant barely a few weeks into the season, and Pau Gasol in and out all season with various injuries? How many coaches could have endured the whole mess that was the Lakers season, with the class D’Antoni showed all season?
Whether, D’Antoni was the man for the job or not, he handled it about as well as anyone could have. He deserves respect for that. I don’t blame him one bit for leaving L.A., because no one in L.A. ever had his back. I also don’t blame the Lakers in not picking up his option for 2015. However, it’s not like he hasn’t been successful as a coach. Two trips to the Western Conference Finals with the Phoenix Suns. He’s also been an assistant coach for Coach K in the Olympics. He’s obviously respected somewhere, and I suspect he’ll land on his feet and be successful again. Somewhere. As for Magic, why doesn’t he talk about his stint as Lakers head coach on Twitter. That would be a very interesting, albeit short conversation…..