Magic Johnson: Bad decision by NBA, Stern
The Lakers were prevented from getting their most dynamic point guard since Magic Johnson, a blocked attempt that stunned NBA followers everywhere.
Even Johnson was irritated by the veto of the Chris Paul trade.
"Wrong decision by Stern & the owners," Johnson posted on Twitter on Friday. "Sends a bad message to fans. Was a good deal for the Lakers, Hornets & Rockets-everyone got better."
Johnson later added: "Lakers fans should be very upset. Love them or hate them, people will always watch the Lakers."
Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Lakers, about 4.5%, last season, but he still holds a title as a Lakers executive vice president.
He made recent headlines by saying the Lakers were the third-best team in the Western Conference, behind Dallas and Oklahoma City, and that changes to the roster were necessary if they wanted to win a championship.
Photo: Magic Johnson. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press