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Magic Johnson on Mike Brown firing: 'If I was involved, I would own it'

Los Angeles Lakers legend and ESPN analyst Magic Johnson took to Twitter Sunday night to "address some rumors" about his perceived role in the team's firing of head coach Mike Brown on Friday.

Johnson stressed that he was not at all involved in Brown's firing, saying that he had not talked with Lakers owner Jerry Buss or general manager Mitch Kupchak ahead of the move. He said if he were involved, he would "own it."

 

Johnson said he was tweeting from the Lakers' contest Sunday night at the Staples Center against the Sacramento Kings.

Earlier on Sunday, Johnson told USA Today's Sam Amick that he never thought Brown was the "right fit" for the job. But he was adamant that he did not have a role.

"Have I been telling him from Day One that this guy wasn't the right guy? Yes, I've said that," Johnson said. "I said that on the air last year. I've always backed up what I say. But have I went to Dr. Buss ever and said 'fire this guy'? Never. Have I talked to Dr. Buss about Mike Brown ever? No. So, that's been a lie that they put out. But that's OK. I'm a big boy. I can handle it. Dr. Buss makes his own decisions. You're underestimating Dr. Buss. When you say that, it's a slap in the face of Dr. Buss."

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