INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- One day after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said he is considering returning to the NBA in hopes of raising money for the battle against AIDS, Magic Johnson said he would not rule out the possibility of returning himself to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA playoffs.
"I don't know, I haven't even thought about it but we'll have to see. Right now it's no," said Johnson, who retired on Nov. 7 after learning he is infected with the AIDS virus. "If I decide, you guys will be the first to know. That's all I'm going to say."
Is there any chance he could play in the playoffs? "If I wanted to?" he countered.
Yes. "Well, we'll just have to see."
Johnson touched on a number of topics in a 30-minute news conference at the Forum before yesterday's Lakers-Sacramento game.
He would not go into detail regarding his meeting this week in New York with NBA commissioner David Stern, but did confirm that L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall is one of his partners in his quest to purchase a team and one of the teams he is interested in is the Sacramento Kings.