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NBA PULLS PLUG ON MAGIC CHARITY GAME AT GREAT WESTERN FORUM
Published July 11, 1995
The NBA has told the United Negro College Fund that it may not hold Magic Johnson's 10th annual charity game July 30 at The Great Western Forum, and "that Johnson may not be involved in any way," according to this morning's N.Y. POST. The NBA has ruled that, under the terms of the lockout, Johnson, as Lakers part- owner, "may not interact with NBA players in any official capacity" and that team-owned facilities may not be used "by players for any reason." Johnson's agent, Lon Rosen, said the game will go on, but at a different location in Southern CA. Rosen added that Johnson "understands this (ruling) from the owners' side" (Thomas Hill, N.Y. POST, 7/11). P.R. PROBLEM LOOMING?: Carlis McGhee, a development director with the UNCF in L.A.: "I think [the NBA is] going to have a very serious media problem. We stand to lose a million dollars. People are still very upset about the baseball strike. It's not right that a charity has to suffer because of this kind of politics. This is a shame. Our students can't go to school because the NBA can't get it's act together?" According to McGhee, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Shawn Kemp, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Nick Van Exel, Ed O'Bannon and Jamal Mashburn have all agreed to play. Leonard Armato said Shaquille O'Neal might also play. The nine previous charity games -- all held at The Forum "and billed as 'A Midsummer Night's Magic" -- generated $9.1M for the UNCF (N.Y. POST, 7/11).