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Jun 21, 2010; West Hollywood, CA, USA; Magic Johnson plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers Victory Party at the Trousdale. Photo via Newscom

Laker great Earvin “Magic” Johnson sold his share of the Los Angeles Lakers to Doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong, a long time Laker fan and season ticket holder.  Owner Jerry Buss said the move was a business decision, and that Magic will never be separated from the Los Angeles Lakers.  The dollar amount of the deal has not been released, but the bottom line is— Magic Johnson no longer has shares in the Lakers.  The legendary Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be missed, but we have to welcome Dr. Soon-Shiong to the Laker family.

Magic Johnson sold his share of the Lakers to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong: LakersNation

The Latest on the Lakers

The Lakers’ training camp invitee Trey Johnson will most likely not make the team, but he is soaking all he can from the great Laker players and coaches.  He is learning all he can from the likes of Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, and he hopes the front office will grant him a roster spot. [Lakers.com BasketBlog]

With Kobe Bryant under 100% and Andrew Bynum out until November, Pau Gasol has an opportunity to shine for the Lakers.   Don’t be surprised to see Gasol put up impressive numbers and leading the MVP race early in the season. [Los Angeles Times]

Shannon Brown came off winning his second straight NBA title, and now he is an engaged man.  Shannon Brown and singer Monica have announced their engagement. [E! Online]

Kobe Bryant plays professional basketball in the city of Los Angeles, for the Lakers.  However, Kobe believes Orange County deserves their own NBA team. [OC Register]

When asked where Kobe Bryant ranks in the list of top NBA players of all-time, Michael Jordan believes Kobe is in the “Top Ten All-Time Guards.” [Pro Basketball Talk]

The Lakers are looking to win their third straight title, but there are many obstacles in their way.  Kobe Bryant is injured and getting old, can he still be the dynamic player we have come to love? ESPN discusses the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers. [ESPN.com]

Check out Episode Number 4 of LakersNation.com’s podcast “The Pulse of Purple and Gold,” with Ivan Kwan and Andrew Ducote. [LakersNation]

The Latest on the NBA

Dwyane Wade testified in Chicago for a custody battle against his ex-wife. [ESPN.com]

Allen Iverson is on the verge of signing a contract to play in Turkey next season. [Hoopsnotes]

Celtic coach Doc Rivers underwent throat surgery, and doctors told Rivers to rest his voice and stay away from the basketball courts. [Slam Magazine]

Blake Griffin missed a game with a sprained ankle, but reports say the injury is not serious. [Pro Basketball Talk]

NBA Pre Season Results for October 17th, 2010

Raptors-121 Suns-100

Knicks-92 Wizards-90

Nuggets-108 Clippers- 104

Timberwolves-114 Bucks-109

Jazz-99 Lakers-94

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