On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Magic Johnson rips Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson for laughing during loss to 49ers
A peek into the Lakers' locker room after a loss showcases the mood any reputable and competitive team should have after suffering defeat: They're serious. They're levelheaded. And they're upset with what just happened.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that former Laker Magic Johnson appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night voicing strong disapproval of Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson for laughing on the sideline during an eventual 27-6 loss Monday to the San Francisco 49ers.
The act sent the wrong message to the team, Johnson argued, and it's something he said would've prompted him to "beat his butt or kill him" had someone such as Anderson played on Johnson's Lakers squad, considering Anderson showed more anger in his post-game news conference than in the game itself. And Johnson wasn't laughing one bit when he said that, even if Kimmel and the studio audience expressed amusement.
"He would've been cut today," Johnson said of Anderson, something Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King reported will be Anderson's fate following the season. "I would've gone to Dr. Buss, Jerry West and Coach Riley and say, 'Get him off our team.'"
So even if the Lakers (13-5) are suffering a three-game losing streak entering Wednesday's game at Houston, fans can at least feel comforted that no one on the team is trading jokes these days.
Even though Johnson sold his 4.5% stake in the Lakers Oct. 18 to biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong, The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported that Johnson will keep his title of vice president and continue to consult with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak when needed. But that apparently didn't prevent Johnson from giving a pre-game speech to the Minnesota Timberwolves before they played the Lakers earlier this season.
"... My old teammate, Kurt Rambis, is coaching the Timberwolves. They're bad," Johnson said of Minnesota. "So I tried to help them. I knew they were not going to beat the Lakers."
Well, almost. The Lakers managed a 99-94 victory Nov. 9 over the Timberwolves, though the outcome led Derek Fisher to raise questions about the team's complacency.
Although some Lakers fans are debating whether that attitude is part of the team's latest struggles, here's some uplifting news.
"I definitely want to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles," Johnson said before announcing he's working with AEG's Tim Leiweke. "We're going to come together and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles."
You can view Johnson's entire appearance in the videos below the jump
-- Mark Medina
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