Magic Johnson rips Lakers' effort after blowout loss vs. Nuggets, says owner Jeanie Buss deserves better – USA TODAY

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Magic Johnson’s Twitter account reached notoriety for its combination of obvious and literal statement presented as “takes.” 
That makes Johnson’s message to Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss in the final sentence of his Saturday night tweet, which ridiculed the team’s effort in a blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets, all the more intriguing. 
“After being blown out by the Nuggets 133-96, we as @Lakers fans can accept being outplayed but we deserve more than a lack of effort and no sense of urgency,” Johnson wrote. “Owner @JeanieBuss, you deserve better.”
A NBA and Lakers legend, Johnson was the organization’s general manager for two years and abruptly quit in April 2019, handing the reigns to Rob Pelinka; under Pelinka, the Lakers signed LeBron James and won the 2020 NBA Finals.
James did not address reporters following the game. It was the second-biggest defeat of his career, per ESPN. Russell Westbrook said he did not have a reaction to the tweet when asked about it. He elaborated, via ESPN
“Everybody is entitled, in this world, to their opinion. Regardless of what that it is. You can either take it and run with it or you can take it and put it in one ear and out the other or you cannot respond to it.
“Magic’s entitled to his opinion. And he’s not here every day. He’s not around us every day. He’s not aware of what’s going on internally with us and trying to figure things out. But I have no response to that. … Like I said, everyone in this world is entitled to their opinion and that’s that.”
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