Magic Johnson Reacts to Lakers Losing Avery Bradley for Rest of Season

Robert Marvi
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On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley notified the NBA that he will sit out the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

Lakers legend and former executive Magic Johnson gave his thoughts on social media about Bradley opting out.

Although Bradley has had an injury-riddled campaign, he’s been an important contributor when healthy. He’s been in the starting lineup for 44 of the 49 games he’s played in and has averaged 8.6 points a game this season.

His greatest value to the Lakers has been his defense, especially his ability to pressure opposing ball-handlers.

Although his outside shooting was an issue early in the season, Bradley picked it up after the start of the new year. He shot 35.2 percent from 3-point range in January and upped his accuracy to a blistering 48.2 percent in February.

Bradley reportedly decided to not play because of concerns about his six-year-old son Liam, who has had issues with respiratory illnesses. The younger Bradley would’ve likely had trouble getting medically cleared to join his father in the bubble environment in Orlando, Fla.

J.R. Smith, who played with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the leading candidate to replace the elder Bradley on the Lakers.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.