The return of an uncensored Magic to Twitter hasn’t exactly been magical.
A stated part of Magic Johnson’s resignation as Lakers president earlier this month was because he missed publicly musing about teams and players without regard to tampering. In February he was both fined $50,000 for praising Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and investigated by the NBA over his contact with Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who sought advice from the Hall of Famer.
“The fines and the tampering and the this and the that, I can’t help young men who want me to help them, or I can’t tweet out,” he told reporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “Like Russell Westbrook[‘s 20-20-20 night], that was a great feat the other day. I couldn’t even tweet it out to say, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ If I had did that, everyone would have said, ‘He’s tampering.’ I don’t like that. I like to be free.”
What does his freedom look like? Like someone just casually enjoying basketball, without the burden of running the Lakers or worrying about Adam Silver.
“I’ve had a great Saturday watching the NBA playoff games!” he wrote on Twitter. “The Nets shocked the Sixers and the Magic did the same to the Raptors. Golden State played like champs today.”
Johnson, a part owner of the Dodgers, also tuned in to ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” game between the Mets and the Braves, which included an interview with Braves legend Hank Aaron.
“I just watched one of my heroes, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball,” Johnson tweeted. “He talked about Jackie Robinson, hitting, and told great baseball stories. It’s definitely must see TV. Thank you A Rod, Jessica [Mendoza], and Matt [Vasgersian] for an outstanding interview with a legend!”