This Involves Donald Sterling, but Not About Race
This has to do with right and wrong. Everything that follows is strictly one person’s opinion.
Even though this involves Donald Sterling, it is not the purpose here to bring up a racial issue. This has nothing to do with race. This has to do with something else – Someone whining, bitching and complaining when they don’t get their way.
Speaking of Magic Johnson, Donald Sterling said, “I just don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”
Was this a true statement. In this writer’s opinion, it was very true. I’m glad someone finally had the guts to say this about Magic.
Someone has needed to say this for a long time – since November 20, 1981 to be exact.
Before labeling Donald Sterling as the “bad guy” and Magic Johnson as the “good guy”, get your facts in order.
What Magic Wants, Magic Gets
Think back to that mysterious date above, November 20, 1981. One of the best coaches ever in the Lakers organization was Paul Westhead. But even the best coaches cannot compete with a so-called superstar. Westhead and Magic Johnson had a disagreement. The Lakers were winning, but Magic was not happy. Instead of resolving the situation, Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss fired Westhead, and named assistant Coach, Pat Riley as the Lakers’ head coach. This proves a point – What Magic Wants, Magic Gets.
I suppose Pat Riley should be thankful to Magic for the success he has achieved in the NBA over the years.
Just to clarify that this is not a racial issue, there was another superstar, in another sport. Carl Yastrzemski, formerly with the Boston Red Sox, had a reputation for getting managers fired.
Maybe some people believe that children should be taught to whine, bitch and complain when they don’t get their way. Not me. This is not the way we were taught.
The example Magic sets for the kids is like playing basketball in someone’s driveway, bringing the ball, and when there’s a disagreement, taking your ball and going home. Now, I ask, are these good examples for the children of Los Angeles, or for that matter, for the children everywhere? I’ll let you form your own opinion.
Sorry Magic. In my opinion, you were wrong my friend. I liked you as a basketball player when you came out of Michigan State and signed with the Lakers. However, that all changed on that faithful date. Paul Westhead was a good man and a good coach. He did not deserve what he got from you.