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Magic Johnson: Bad decision by NBA, Stern

December 9, 2011 |  1:30 pm


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.


League blocks Chris Paul trade

David Stern explains why he blocked trade

Lakers' deal for Chris Paul is killed by the NBA

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Magic Johnson. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press