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Magic Johnson Revealed Why He Became The Coach Of The Los Angeles Lakers In 1994: “I Never Wanted To Coach. Dr. Buss Said Can You Do This For Me And When He Hit Me With That, Then I Said Yeah, Okay."

Magic Johnson Revealed Why He Became The Coach Of The Los Angeles Lakers In 1994: “I Never Wanted To Coach. Dr. Buss Said Can You Do This For Me And When He Hit Me With That, Then I Said Yeah, Okay."

NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is a legend of the game. He was a super talented player and was a winner throughout his career in the league. Moreover, he spent his entire career wearing the iconic Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Obviously, he means a lot to Lakers fans and many even believe that he is the greatest player ever to play for the Purple and Gold. Speaking of Magic's time with the Lakers, he helped the franchise win five NBA Championships and was the star of the team during the showtime era.

However, Magic had to retire early due to testing positive for HIV. It was a piece of shocking news for everyone around the league, and Johnson had to immediately leave the Lakers.

A couple of years later, Magic made his return to the NBA, but this time as a head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.


Magic Was Never Interested In Becoming The Lakers' Head Coach

Thanks to the new Lakers documentary on Hulu, fans are getting to know many new stories. In a recent episode, Magic revealed the fact that he never wanted to be a coach of the Lakers. He only did it because Jerry Buss personally asked him to do so.

"I never wanted to coach. Dr. Buss said can you do this for me and when he hit me with that, then I said yeah, okay."

Johnson was the coach of the Lakers for only sixteen games, where he had a record of 5-11. He was handed this responsibility during the 1994-95 NBA season, but it was clear that he was a much better player than he was a coach.

Obviously, that's one of the reasons why Magic decided to end his coaching tenure very early. He later returned to the Lakers as a player for the 1995-96 NBA season.

Magic's return to the team was certainly a morale booster for the Los Angeles Lakers. But that's pretty much to it.

By the time he returned to play his last season for the Lakers, he was already 36 years old. He was not the same Magic who retired from the NBA a couple of years ago. Magic played just 32 games that season and retired once and for all from the league.