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Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said he turned down offers from the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks before joining the L.A. front office.

The legendary Lakers point guard discussed his other opportunities on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday (via CBS Sports’ Chris Barnewall).

“I turned down three jobs,” Johnson said. “My good friends Peter [Guber] and Joe Lacob bought the Golden State Warriors. They came to me, ‘I want you to be an owner, be a partner with us.’ I said no, I’m a Laker. My friends bought the Detroit Pistons, Tom Gores, and a Michigan State guy. ‘Come on home, it would be a great story.’ I can’t, I’m a Laker. I could have owned other teams.”

Johnson spent his entire 13-year playing career with the Lakers. He helped guide the storied NBA franchise to five championships while earning three Most Valuable Player awards and 12 All-Star Game selections en route to a Basketball Hall of Fame induction.

Now the 58-year-old Michigan native is showcasing his continued loyalty to the organization by trying to get the current roster back to a title-contending level.

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