Magic Johnson says Lakers GM was ‘backstabbing’, Luke Walton firing was the final straw | First Take

  • Published: 20 May 2019
  • Magic Johnson explains that he wanted to fire Luke Walton, but Los Angeles Lakers executive Tim Harris wanted to retain him and identifies Lakers GM Rob Pelinka as the “backstabber.”
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  • Jeremiah Youngbird
    Jeremiah Youngbird  2 days back

    You guys know he made a.d lebron kuzma and McGee team up in LA.? He gambled years of losing to make history to pass up the celtics in championship so I think everyone disrespected magic..... he's a powerful, intelligent man. I miss him

    • Michael X
      Michael X  4 weeks back

      They need to babyface this episode.

      • Aaron9
        Aaron9  1 months back

        Lavar was right

        • Andrew Flood
          Andrew Flood  1 months back

          magic johnson was right about lakers gm was backstabbing ?

          • Renee Pena
            Renee Pena  2 months back

            I'm happy to see that most people outside of delusional Laker Land now realize that Magic is a piss poor basketball executive and one of the most myopic human beings to ever live. If there's a microphone within a thousand feet of this piece of shit, he'll find it to give his ignorant views on anything and everything. Meanwhile, Larry Legend's legend continues to grow and grow as time goes on. Better overall player than Tragic on the court and quite obviously a better coach and executive by a mile. I don't see Larry Bird looking for a microphone every chance he gets saying "look at me, look at me". As always, Bird is pure class while HIV Johnson, the sex addict, is a pure ass. And OHHHHH how that pisses you Lakers fans off, right?!?!?!?!?! Just admit the truth, it'll be a lot easier for you than to defend this worthless pile of pig shit.

            • All Things City Channel.
              All Things City Channel.  2 months back

              Magic Johnson Has HIV...lmaooooo..!!!

              • Renee Pena
                Renee Pena  2 months back

                I won't laugh at Tragic for this but he brought it upon himself. But not by fucking every porn star in America but by HOMOSEXUAL sex. The odds of a male contracting the disease from a female is virtually nil. The vast majority of it comes from male on male sex which I truly believe 32 engaged in. I never saw Larry Bird going around slapping other guys asses, kissing them before an NBA Finals game or acting like a total queer. And it's why Larry is universally respected some 27 years after his retirement as a player and why Magic is now widely considered an absolute buffoon.

            • eddie collins
              eddie collins  3 months back

              Why did you resign?
              “Because I suck at this.”
              “Sounds about right.

              • Renee Pena
                Renee Pena  2 months back

                You are right, he DOES suck at any executive position in basketball. Let's face it, he's no Larry Bird off the court. And Magic is an absolute quitter.

            • Vonka Abbas
              Vonka Abbas  3 months back

              Magic Johnson is a man whore, a walking STD, and a sexist lowlife that enjoys discouraging his daughter's sexuality, but not his sons. He deserves to have his d*** chopped off. Hs is the reason this world is still so sexist!!

              • Renee Pena
                Renee Pena  2 months back

                @Kamran Pierre What do you mean by "what"? Do you not understand a fact? Magic Johnson took his name all too literally and engaged in thousands of extra marital affairs, including SAME SEX affairs, which is how he contracted HIV. He IS a man whore and a totally myopic son of a bitch who will find the first TV camera or open microphone to get some undeserved pub. Oh yeahhhhh, 32, show up at EVERY Michigan State game in the NCAA tourney so the camera can focus on your fat blown up face 100's of times a game. This guy is a fucking cartoon character. Yosemite Sam has nothing on Tragic.

              • Kamran Pierre
                Kamran Pierre  2 months back


            • Tina Morefield
              Tina Morefield  3 months back

              Magic Johnson is a lowlife scum that enjoys oppressing women and encouraging sexism by discouraging his daughter's sexuality/interests, but not his sons. He is the reason this world is still so f***ing sexist!!! I hope he dies from HIV!!

              • Renee Pena
                Renee Pena  2 months back

                Absolutely the truth. Has there ever been an off the court scandal about Larry Bird?

            • Ivan Ruzic
              Ivan Ruzic  3 months back

              Obviously the GM they are talking about is LeBron James.

              • Robert Perez
                Robert Perez  3 months back

                Magic is a bitch not a true Laker

                • Renee Pena
                  Renee Pena  2 months back

                  Yes Sir, he IS a bitch and that BITCH is all about himself, not the Lakers or anything else. The biggest glory hound in the history of this world. SO glad more and more people realize that now.

                • Renee Pena
                  Renee Pena  2 months back


              • Cody Zonk
                Cody Zonk  3 months back

                i like the positivity

                • Company Owner
                  Company Owner  3 months back

                  Another example of HOP thinking he can run an organization... One has nothing to do with the other.

                  • Terrance Hamilton
                    Terrance Hamilton  3 months back

                    I love Magic Johnson to death however u can’t run an organization being there 40% of the time.

                    • Teetee
                      Teetee  3 months back

                      Rob Pelinka is actually doing a great job now. From the coach hiring to the amazing free agent signings. The trade for AD. Lakers are rolling and i think Pelinka does have that work ethic

                      • Renee Pena
                        Renee Pena  2 months back

                        WAY better than Magic but the Lakers won't get past the 2nd round and now that they've acquired Stage 4 cancer (Dwight Howard) they likely won't even make the playoffs.

                    • MarloSoBalJr
                      MarloSoBalJr  3 months back

                      You know who else blame everyone for their own demise? *FAILURES*

                      -UrinatingTree June 2019

                      • Marquies Johnson
                        Marquies Johnson  3 months back

                        Lavar said it from day 1

                        • jeffrey conyers
                          jeffrey conyers  3 months back

                          Fire Luke? Darn, he was in the struggle with the Lakers. As many can honesty recall the word "quitter" is Magic. He quit as a coach decades ago. Now, he quit as General manager. So Walton isn't on the court.

                          • craig roark
                            craig roark  3 months back

                            How Did Magic Johnson catch H.I.V.??? He was in his car then pulled over to the side of the road as he blew a Piston.

                            • Edgar E. McCarthy
                              Edgar E. McCarthy  3 months back

                              We need Jerry West back he's builds champion teams

                              • angel cortez
                                angel cortez  3 months back

                                Kobe for Coach 🙏🏽

                                • Renee Pena
                                  Renee Pena  2 months back

                                  Yeah, I'm sure that would work out very well. LOL

                              • egghead37able
                                egghead37able  3 months back

                                btw, it was nick's fault! dangelo was only telling the truth!

                                • chito glen Deslate
                                  chito glen Deslate  3 months back

                                  Just concern of his self
                                  Its good he is out of lakers

                                  • Altair76
                                    Altair76  3 months back

                                    I am with Magic all the way.

                                    • Felicia Moniq
                                      Felicia Moniq  3 months back

                                      This video is a part of a 77 video playlist by ESPN entitled “Magic Johnson resigns from the Lakers”.

                                      Seventy-Seven videos!?!?!

                                      • SLIP NORRIS
                                        SLIP NORRIS  3 months back

                                        This interview came back to haunt the Lakers in FA

                                        • Prem Chopra
                                          Prem Chopra  4 months back

                                          Magic could play a ninja turtle without any changes to his face. Just paint him green and he's good to go :-)

                                          • hustler Khan
                                            hustler Khan  4 months back

                                            Magic said he quit “because it wasn’t fun anymore” lol did he think he was having a orgy from the 80’s????

                                            • We Hauling it
                                              We Hauling it  4 months back

                                              If your at a job with terrible co workers and dumb ass bosses I would quit too and im assuming you would too

                                          • hustler Khan
                                            hustler Khan  4 months back

                                            Magic is a selfish egomaniac

                                            • SLIP NORRIS
                                              SLIP NORRIS  4 months back

                                              The interview that can possibly fuck up the chances of the Lakers getting Kawhi.

                                              • John Chen
                                                John Chen  4 months back

                                                Not a single soul:
                                                Stephen A. : Purlinka

                                                • Shaun Bang
                                                  Shaun Bang  4 months back

                                                  Under Magic the Lakers for Lonzo,Kuz and Hart and only Kuzma remains and you could say that Kuzma was more of a lucky pick than a good basketball decision so it really makes you wonder just how beneficial Magic was for the franchise now that we have AD, all the possible cap space we needed badly and possibly Kawhi

                                                  • Tabe8 8
                                                    Tabe8 8  4 months back

                                                    Do you think Magic would want to go back in time and not do this interview?

                                                    • Dave Baker
                                                      Dave Baker  4 months back

                                                      I don't think another GM (I know he was Prez, whatever) has ever backstabbed and betrayed his team like Magic did. He deserves to be booed by Lakers fan at every sports appearance. For an incredibly selfless player, he turned into the most selfish NBA Administrator in history.

                                                      • Agra Nam
                                                        Agra Nam  4 months back

                                                        Magic was a DISASTER. He started the interview by saying, i make more money with my businesses? DONT TAKE THE JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE THEN, THIS ISNT SOME HOBBY YOU CAN HALF ASS.

                                                        • Alfredo Di Stéfano Laulhé

                                                          Finally the Lakers are doing the right thing since the days of Jerry Bush, firing Magic Johnson, a great player but terrible manager, and Luke Walton the worst coach.

                                                          • hustler Khan
                                                            hustler Khan  4 months back

                                                            Magic never had a good character. Slept with thousands of women!!!!

                                                            • hustler Khan
                                                              hustler Khan  4 months back

                                                              dragolax90210 he was a low character person. Always selfish even with this situation

                                                            • dragolax90210
                                                              dragolax90210  4 months back

                                                              lol that this fuckboi/incel comment is coming from someone with hustler in their name

                                                          • Charles Clark
                                                            Charles Clark  4 months back

                                                            Their a hot mess!

                                                            • Charles Clark
                                                              Charles Clark  4 months back

                                                              White dude looks weird! (Haircut).

                                                              • sleazyfellow
                                                                sleazyfellow  4 months back

                                                                HE'S GOT AIDS

                                                                • O R
                                                                  O R  4 months back

                                                                  “I make more money doing that then being the PRESIDENT of the Lakers” ...magic just low key stunned on everybody with that one sentence and no one even realized it....

                                                                  • Car Ram-Rod
                                                                    Car Ram-Rod  4 months back

                                                                    O R bruh nobody gives 2 fucks about what kinda money HE’s making. He just tryna point out IRRELEVANT shit to distract from that fact that he’s snitching out his whole organization and basically is tryna set the house aflame AS he walks out the door.. childish shit by magic and I’m really let down by how he’s actin. Only kids will think that bragging about yo money is cool.. *yawn*..

                                                                • Brother John's
                                                                  Brother John's  4 months back

                                                                  For the life of me! i cant figure why this negro is smiling so damn much consider these facts!
                                                                  1.Hes walking around with the that monster
                                                                  2.He has a son walking on sunset acting and wearing clothes like a women
                                                                  3.He was setup for the biggest failures in laker history and couldn't figure it out fast enough , so he made a Bad exit for a real boss
                                                                  Hell i would be mad as hell, Yet he is smiling like all is good , Something anit right

                                                                  • lewis griffin
                                                                    lewis griffin  4 months back

                                                                    I disagree with Magic Johnson on the fire Luke Walton he was never given a real shot just to be successful he should have been at least given one more year with Anthony Davis and lebron on the same team magic seems to forget before LeBron got hurt last year lakers was about to take over the top spot in the west

                                                                    • lewis griffin
                                                                      lewis griffin  4 months back

                                                                      Rob pelinka it's a snake

                                                                      • King T Yomama
                                                                        King T Yomama  4 months back

                                                                        I loved earvin as a college player, but when he went to LA and whined at the rrefs and banged all the hoes I lost respect. He is a well dressed lazy bum. Poor coach and poor GM.

                                                                        • Sick Beats
                                                                          Sick Beats  4 months back

                                                                          Stephen A: Rob Pelinker
                                                                          Magic Johnson: Shaggy P

                                                                          • james deroc
                                                                            james deroc  4 months back

                                                                            steven a is a clown

                                                                            • Samuel Nuno
                                                                              Samuel Nuno  4 months back

                                                                              Magic you're a quitter! As soon as the going gets tough he exits, anybody remember his record as coach?...5-11, he quit! Now this! Do me a favor & keep your word, DON'T COMMENT on the Lakers, C-ya quitter!!!