Colin has doubts about Magic Johnson, just like he has doubts about John Lynch
Dan LeBatard came under fire for comments he made regarding Magic Johnson’s qualifications to run the Lakers’ basketball operations. LeBatard implied that Magic keeps getting gigs because of his charm and charisma, despite failing as a coach, talk show host, and what he characterized as a lackluster tenure on as an NBA TV analyst.
Fellow ESPN’er Keyshawn Johnson thought the comments were racist, and PTI host Michael Wilbon sent a series of Tweets criticizing LeBatard for conveniently ignoring Johnson’s post-basketball business success.
Today in The Herd, Colin didn’t defend LeBatard’s comments, but said it’s fair to question any GM entering a professional sports job with no prior front office experience. He was critical of John Lynch’s lack of experience when he was hired as the Niners GM. It’s fair to say the same applies to Magic. There are plenty of legitimate questions.
“I think it’s actually healthy to question Magic and John Lynch. I have major doubts about both. And another reason I do, is because I’ve watched Phil Jackson in New York. He’s a smart dude. He’s been a disaster.”
In today’s NBA, Lou Williams to Houston is as big a trade as Boogie Cousins to New Orleans.
The NBA trade deadline came and went, and the biggest name that switched teams was Boogie Cousins. Colin thinks Boogie won’t be winning in New Orleans, so the move is irrelevant in terms of impact.
He thinks Lou Williams moving to Houston is the biggest move of the deadline in terms of ultimate playoff impact. In today’s NBA, a knock down three-point shooter like Williams could allow the Rockets to push Golden State in the West.
“It’s such a three-centric league that Lou Williams to Houston feels every bit as big to me as Boogie Cousins to New Orleans.”
Jeff Gordon – NASCAR Champion joins the show to look ahead this weekend’s Daytona 500; how driver strategy differs depending on the track; how his image has changed over the years; why it takes days to recover from driving in Daytona; and if he ever stared down another driver during a neck-and-neck finish.
Gregg Doyel – Indianapolis Star columnist joins the show to explain why he thinks Larry Bird failed at the trade deadline; why he thinks Paul George is eventually headed to L.A.; if Paul George takes too many nights off; if it’s fair to question Magic’s qualifications; why Tom Crean shouldn’t be fired; if Indiana has unrealistic expectations.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA analyst joins the show to explain why the Celtics passed on Paul George; if he’s surprised Jimmy Butler wasn’t traded; why Lou Williams is the most significant addition; and if any upcoming rookie can make an instant impact next season.
Bobby Marks – NBA Insider at The Vertical joins the show to talk about the learning curve for Magic Johnson; why the Lakers need more than just one star to get back on track; and which rookie can make an impact next year.
Ric Bucher – Sirius XM host and NBA writer at Bleacher Report joins the show to talk Magic as GM; what attributes can help him in the job; if the Lakers can mimic the Warriors model; and if it’s a done deal that Paul George will eventually be a Laker.