Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/11/12
Former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson, who won five NBA titles in the 1980s with the Lakers, took the time to rip his old team at a news conference to introduce Dodgers pitcher Matt Greinke, who had just signed a six year, $147 million deal. Johnson is a minority owner in the Dodgers, but always finds time to criticize the Lakers. Via USA TODAY Sports: "First, we've got to understand what the strategy is to win every game," he said. "Every game you have to have a different strategy to win because the teams are different. They have to be more consistent on defense. That's the main thing. We can score points but the defense is just breaking down." "How does the Orlando Magic score 40 points in the fourth quarter in Staples Center? Are you kidding me? That should never happen." "Look, the season has already been disrupted one time," he said. "Another change would just blow the whole team up. What the coach has to do is say I have a certain philosophy but I don't have the players to play that scheme and that system. But what I do have is two of the best 7-footers in the game. When Gasol was on that block, he averaged 18 points. He shot 53%. And he is the best passing big man in the game. But you have him at the free throw line. That makes no sense. That's not his game. His game is catch it on the low block, face his man and make a move to the cup. He has great moves. "I've got to adjust my system a little if I'm the coach." "His system doesn't fit the talent that the Lakers have," Johnson said. "You can't run with this team. Where's the runners? You got one dude who can get up and down the court and that's Kobe. Ron (Metta World Peace), love him but he's slow. Both our big men are not fast guys. So maybe I should scale it back. I run if it's there. If not, just like us, Showtime, we'd run it down. If we got the layup, good. If we don't, (veteran center) Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), come here, bail us out."  
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