October 15, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson in attendance before the Dodgers play against the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Magic Johnson says Lakers don’t like when he tells the truth


Last week, Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA icon Magic Johnson appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and promptly ripped into the Lakers.

Magic held no punches in regards to head coach Mike D’Antoni and questioned some of their front office moves.

He later apologized, suggesting that he would not continue to bash his former team, but appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show and hinted that the Lakers don’t like when he tells the truth.

Hall questioned Magic on a recent encounter he had with President Obama:

Hall wondered in Johnson’s visits with President Barack Obama if the famed basketball fan ever asked, “Magic, what the hell is wrong with the Lakers?

“How did you know?” Johnson said, doubling over in laughter. “He definitely asked.”

So what did Johnson tell the leader of the free world?

“I made a promise I wouldn’t talk bad about the Lakers,” Johnson said.

“But you always tell the truth,” Hall replied. “I think most people appreciate that because others put a spin on it.”

“They don’t like when I tell the truth,” Johnson countered. “It’s been a tough year.”

Doesn’t look like Magic kept his word.

Of course, the Lakers struggling is a sight not often seen, so it’s possible Magic doesn’t handle the losses very well – but he may be best served by not talking about the Lakers for a while.

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