Is Los Angeles becoming a Dodgers town again?
The Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988, an uncommonly long drought for the team that moved here in 1958, two years before the Lakers arrived from Minneapolis.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have won five of the last 13
Et tu, Earvin?
"Remember this: It can be both," he said in Atlanta, where the Dodgers faced the
But won't the Lakers be down this year? They barely finished seventh in the Western Conference last season.
"Well, you don't know until they play the games," Johnson said. "They could be the eight seed. They could get the seven, eight seed."
Lakers fans won't be satisfied with that.
"You have to remember Kobe's injured," said Johnson, a minority owner of the Dodgers and unpaid Lakers vice president. "You know what would be bad? If the Dodgers were bad and the Lakers were having this season too. It's great we're doing well. Hopefully, it will help the Lakers."
It's got to make Johnson sad to see the Lakers have to go through this.
"Of course. Of course. I don't want that franchise to ever go down," he said. "I'm hoping that they get it together. I took everything that Dr. [Jerry] Buss taught me and
"I saw how Dr. Buss got us involved in the community. That's why I'm on our players to make sure we're involved. That's how we won the hearts. Not just winning on the court, but we were also involved in the community."
Bottom line: Are the Lakers in danger of missing the playoffs?
"I wouldn't go that far," Johnson said. "Last year was supposed to be bad. They still made it. They're out in the first round, but the
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The Lakers experienced their worst exhibition season ever a year ago, going 0-8 in part of an early-season slide that eventually cost former coach