EAST LANSING, Mich. Magic Johnson was home Tuesday night.
He just had to remember not to get too excited about it.
"I have to be a professional tonight," Johnson said before joining ESPN's broadcast of No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Michigan State. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted Michigan State to win I hate it when they lose but I've got a job to do."Unfortunately for Johnson, his alma mater lost 72-68 after a late rally by the Hoosiers.Still, Johnson jumped at the chance to return to East Lansing as a broadcaster.
"They didn't even have to pay me for this I'm here at the Breslin, back home, to see two of the best teams in the country," he said. "I would have been watching the game at home anyway, so this is even better. I get to soak in the atmosphere."
Johnson, whose jersey hangs from the Breslin Center rafters, said that the Big Ten is almost as strong today as it was when he was winning the national title with the Spartans in 1979.
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