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Caught in the Web: Details on Magic Johnson's decision to sell his minority-ownership stake with the Lakers

October 19, 2010 | 11:05 am

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum has progressed enough with the rehabbing of his surgically repaired right knee to get cleared for non-basketball activities. Bresnahan also details Magic Johnson's decision to sell his ownership stake on the Lakers, including the revelation from various sources that indicate there's no connection between Johnson's selling his share of the Lakers and pursuing ownership of another NBA team.

--The Times' T.J. Simers got his hands on "Laker Girl," a new book co-written by Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss and former L.A. Times writer Steve Springer. Lots of insight on what the book offers and a few jabs at our Lakers scribes.

--The Times' DeAntae Prince focuses on how Phil Jackson became interested in coaching.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper reports that Johnson's "5% of Lakers ownership not connected to immediate plans to buy into another team."

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande says Johnson should buy the Dodgers.

--The Los Angeles Business Journal profiles Patrick Soon-Shiong, who purchased minority ownership of the Lakers from Johnson.

--Forbes.com offers more details on Soon-Shiong in the video below.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman reveals that the Nuggets have a profound respect for the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week for the Lakers.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith reports that Utah guard Deron Williams will play tonight against the Lakers. Smith also reports Raja Bell plans to get his college diploma.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the possibility that Johnson could own the Detroit Pistons.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Monday's practice and talks to Trey Johnson about his training camp experience.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker presents a photo gallery of Bryant's career.

--Yahoo! Sports previews the Lakers in the video below

--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian recalls Johnson's career.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark dissects the Lakers' offense.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson analyzes the Lakers' pre-season thus far.

Quote of the Day: "I've been cleared. I can start running next week and then maybe start practicing in two to three weeks. But the important thing is the doctor cleared me." -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum to The Times' Mike Bresnahan.

Tweet of the Day: "Magic Johnson sale of 5% of Lakers ownership not connected to immediate plans to buy into another team, source tells NBA.com. Source: There is "nothing going on with any other team. This is just a really good business move." Apparently too much $$ to pass on. Strictly coincidence that the move comes as sale of Magic's hometown Pistons is being completed. He is not part of Ilitch group." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Don't hate on Magic for selling his (minority) share of the Lakers. His stated goal for some time has been to assume a controlling share of an NBA franchise and I have no doubt he has his sight set on his home state Detroit Pistons. This can only be a good thing for the NBA. Having its ex-greats maintain a presence within the league gives it a credibility unheard of in other major sports. How many ex-NFL or MLB players own teams? Another, possible, boon would be the upcoming CBA negotiations. I think the Players Union would be more willing to accept numbers from teams run by ex-players. That alone will not save next year ... but if Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson told you, "Hey, I lost $16.5 mil last season because we only sold out 10 out of 41 games," you don't automatically assume they're trying to pull one over on you. At the end of the day, I'll always detest the Pistons, not as much as the Celtics ... but close. However, if as widely assumed, he gains a controlling share of the Pistons, I'll root for them to do well as long as they lose to the Lakers." -- Jamie Sweet

-- Mark Medina


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