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The National Sports Beat with Brad Pye Jr.

Brad Pye Jr. | 2/23/2017, midnight

Los Angeles, CA--Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from cost-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond.

Magic Johnson, the Lakers new advisor, says he wants Kobe Bryant in the Lakers front office. With Magic and Kobe back in the team’s fold this duo could make some beautiful music again!

And the beat continues!

How does two academy award winning actor Denzel Washington keep in shape. Denzel explains: “Like Maxson, the character he plays in the film “Fences” Denzel says: “Like the role, he stays in shape by boxing with trainer Terry Claybon. Like Maxson. He has the hard stare of a long-ball hitter. We spare not so much. You stay quick. I got fast hands.”

Magic Johnson wants the title of President of Basketball Operation for the Lakers. And he hopes to have the title and in full control by the time you read this. At the moment, Magic was hired by Jeanie Buss, the daughter of the late Dr. Jerry as an advisor. Now Magic wants oversee the whole ball of wax.

Hold it for a moment everybody still love Magic, but some fans don’t believe he’s right or ready for the job.

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The last time Kevin Love was out for a long length of time was in 2015 for surgery, LeBron James et al couldn’t get it done. Love is slated to be out until April 1. The playoffs start later in that moment. Stephen Curry and his GSW aren’t shedding any tears for the Cavs.

With a franchise tag the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Le’veon Bell could become the second best paid player at the position in the NFL in 2017 after Adrian Peterson.

For the record, USC (21-5, 8-5) is continuing to strive, winning three of their last four games, and Troy copped 3-3-0 vs. the Bruins. SC hopes to make 4-0 vs. the Bruins.

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When UFC President Dana White offered Floyd Mayweather, Jr. $25 million a flat guarantee to fight McGregor Connor the unbeaten champion responded; “He’s a comedian.”

Mayweather netted more than $200 million in his last fight vs. Manny Pacquiao.

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Thanks to Derrin Horton KTLA’s Sports Director for saluting some the greatest black sports stars in the history of sports including Jessie Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Kenny Washington, Kareem Abdul Jabbar et al.

Check This! The Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas was the only player 5-9 or shorter to be named to multiple NBA All-Star Games. Thomas says when he sat down with Coach Stevens here is how the conversation went: “One of the first things Brad said was, ‘Don’t adjust to this team. Make this team adjust to you. We need a player like you. And we want you to be the best Isaiah Thomas can be’”

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Check This! Magic Johnson is scheduled to take over as boss of the Lakers and he’s still one of the owners of the Dodgers, and he doesn’t have an office at the stadium.