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20:55  11 february  2019
20:55  11 february  2019 Source:   hoopshype.com

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Magic Johnson says media treat young Lakers ‘like babies’© File photo Getty

Before the Los Angeles Lakers were thoroughly dominated on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson went on the offensive in an attempt to mend the fences he and Klutch Sports trampled over the past two weeks.

And in the process of that, Johnson criticized the fourth estate of babying the Lakers young players who were mentioned in trade rumors for Anthony Davis, such as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. Johnson believes that attitude does a disservice to the players, who know what they signed up for.

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"Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that's what you're treating them like," Johnson said. "They're professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it - that's how it goes.

"So we've got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You've got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there's deals like this."

While Johnson is correct that players of all caliber are often traded without a moment's notice, it does come off as pretty rich considering that Johnson, Rob Pelinka and LeBron James essentially hold the futures of all the younger Lakers in their hands.

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But at the same time, what Johnson says is not untrue. The cold truth of professional sports is that you will play in multiple places and often times players don't have a say in the matter. And the ones that do are only in a position to improve their own situations rather than worry about the greater good. That's the job of Johnson, Pelinka and Lakers ownership to get across to the team.

That Johnson is upset with members of the media have portrayed a young Lakers group shipped out of town as the victims of a power play, that doesn't mean that it isn't the truth. While they're still professionals and the stakes are relatively low for a bunch of millionaire basketball players, it was serious enough problem that there were valid questions of whether it affected their ability to do their jobs.

Johnson even flew out to the East Coast for some group therapy, so while his words were mostly about the media's part in the game of perception, it's evident that the fallout of a failed power grab is not a matter of perception.

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What would it mean for Magic Johnson if Lakers swing and miss on Anthony Davis?.
Magic Johnson is playing a high-stakes game in negotiations for Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis’ trade demand has set in motion a game of massive stakes for all parties involved in the sweepstakes for the Pelicans’ All-NBA center. While the benefits will be tremendous for the winner of his services, one team stands to lose more than others if they don’t land Davis – the Los Angeles Lakers. The day the news broke of Davis’ demand, fans and pundits alike started speculating what the Lakers would offer to pry him away from New Orleans.

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