NEW YORK — Magic Johnson’s love of the Los Angeles Lakers has kept him from considering ownership of another NBA team.
The New York Knicks would be a franchise that might give him second thoughts.
“I think it will be interesting,” Johnson said Tuesday. “The only team I would probably think about is the New York Knicks.”
Johnson arrived in New York from Washington for a speech at a YMCA, where a member of the Commanders’ new ownership group watched his NFL team lose to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Once back in Los Angeles, he’ll be ready to start playing in the postseason for his Dodgers. But the Basketball Hall of Famer has repeatedly passed up opportunities to own the game he knows best.
Johnson named the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks as teams not finding themselves in a rivalry with the Lakers. The Knicks, though, offer something different.
“I think you have to think about it the way fans like basketball, because I like coming to New York and going to the Garden and watching the Knicks play,” Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I like to be around fans who are very passionate about their team and Knicks fans, and they’re smart. They’re smart basketball fans and so that’s one I have to think about. I think that other than that, I’d probably never be a part of another franchise. Don’t think so.”
Johnson Chance said he hasn’t talked to Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan about the idea and isn’t looking for content to watch as a Lakers fan after serving as president of basketball operations for two seasons before stepping down in 2019. .
But if the conversation happens, Johnson will listen.
“You really have to think in terms of being a minority owner of that team,” he said. “But other than that, I’m just going to be with the Lakers and even with my role now, just being a fan, I’m happy to be doing it with the Lakers because, again, I bleed purple and gold.”
Johnson, who was in charge when the Lakers signed him LeBron Jamesbelieves they can play for a second NBA title in five years.
“I think they’re going to be the best team in the West this year,” Johnson said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.