“I Am Disappointed”: Magic Johnson’s “Great Time” Ended on a Sour Note as Per Billionaire’s Flash Back Friday Post

Published 11/17/2023, 10:29 PM EST

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You can often see Magic Johnson taking pride in his alma mater, Michigan State University. At times, his former NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Pride is an understatement. In fact, the 5-time champion has been a well-wisher for all the alumni of MSU who have turned into a sports superstar.

However, today the pride is not so high. He witnessed a few disappointing scenes at the United Center in Chicago last Friday. Joined by a few special friends for a “great time”, Johnson’s night turned into a disappointment and he did not hesitate to mention it on his social media. 

How did Magic Johnson’s “great time” get ruined? 


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As a responsible owner of several teams from MLB to MLS, Johnson has time and again made live attendance to crucial games. However, only occasionally, the 3-time MVP attends the game as a fan. It was one such special occasion where Duke University battled Johnson’s alma mater, Michigan State, at the United Center.  

On this Friday night, Johnson was joined by his brother Larry Johnson, his friend James Stokes, and MSU’s athletic director Alan Haller to make it even more memorable. Sadly, on the other hand, MSU failed to deliver a win in front of Johnson. 

The 3-time Finals MVP shared on his Instagram, “#FlashbackFriday I had a great time with my brother Larry, good friend James Stokes, and MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller at the Michigan State vs. Duke matchup in Chicago! I was disappointed my Spartans lost to the Blue Devils.”

In one of the most anticipated matchups, the Duke Blue Devils humbled the Michigan State Spartans with 4 athletes from the former team securing double digits. While on the other hand, Spartans’ Tyson Walker scored an impressive 22 points, which went in vain. 

Can the Michigan State make it to the NCAA playoffs?


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Playoffs is a dream for MSU at the moment. With just two wins out of four games, Johnson’s alma mater are the table bottom in a tight ‘Big ten’ division. In today’s game against the Butler Bulldogs, Walker helped the MSU secure their second and a much-needed win. Although there are a lot of games left, MSU is now at the 13th seed, which doesn’t sound promising.

Last season, the Michigan unit made it till the quarter finals of the big tournament. It has been more than two decades since they won a championship and four years since they made it to the ‘Final Four’. Can they make a difference this time?


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Rohan Dharmalingam


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