As he did in the 1980s, Magic Johnson is ready to help the Lakers return to NBA dominance.
Johnson, who will be assisting Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss as an adviser in basketball and business matters moving forward, thinks this Los Angeles squad is poised to be great.
“One thing about this organization is we always come back,” Johnson said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet. “And we will come back again. … I’m here to say that we’re ready to take that step.”
“I touched it and I immediately wanted to push it back in and I was like, ‘That’s a bad idea.’ I could still see, I could still move it. I never lost vision, never went blurry, thank God. It’s feeling much better.
“My eye was out of my head so it was a little painful. I don’t know if it was the most painful thing I’ve ever felt but it was just weird. It was a weird sensation, a weird feeling.
“Today I really just feel like I got punched in the face. It’s pretty bruised and scratched, but I don’t think there’s anything serious.”
Mitchell left the field with a towel draped over his face and was rushed to hospital, his eyeball slipping back into place during the ambulance journey.
“In the hospital, the specialist that was on call, I don’t think he believed me,” said Mitchell, who added that he hopes to make a swift return to action.
“He was asking to see the video, just because it had already gone back in and he didn’t see any damage. I think he was trying to validate that it had actually come out of place.
“All the specialists that I’ve seen so far have said that it looks good. They don’t see any damage.
“As serious as the injury could have been, for everything to be ok and for me to be able to see you guys and joke about it, is something that I can only describe as a miracle.”