Magic Johnson criticized by Charles Barkley over Mike D'Antoni remarks

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Former LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson has been severely criticized by Charles Barkley after Magic's comments in the wake of Mike D'Antoni's resignation from the Lakers.

D'Antoni had been the Lakers boss for two seasons until he decided to resign last night from his post after a shocking campaign this term.

The much maligned coach was once the darling of the NBA when he won Coach of the Year back in 2005 during his time with the Phoenix Suns, but these days he has come in for harsh criticism from the LA media.

Magic was one of D'Antoni's harshest critics, and when the former Suns boss quit the Lakers yesterday, he couldn't hide his happiness.

"Happy days are here again! Mike D'Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn't be happier!" Magic tweeted.

In what was quite an honest and brutal view of the situation, Magic was sure to have rubbed people up the wrong way with his comments.

One person that he frustrated with those comments was Barkley.

The former Suns great issued his repost on behalf of D'Antoni Wednesday from his position as analyst on TNT's Inside the NBA.

“Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that," he continued. 

So frustrated with Magic, Barkley went even further despite TNT host Ernie Johnson's attempt to interject.

“The Lakers weren’t going to win with Phil Jackson, either, Ernie. They don’t have good players. We know Phil Jackson’s arguably the greatest coach ever," Barkley added. 

"The Lakers don’t have players, Ernie. They’re not a good team. Kobe Bryant is one of the 10 greatest players ever. He’s never going to be what he was. I’m not sure if Phil Jackson really wanted that job. The Lakers stink, and they’re going to stink.”

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