Magic expresses interest in role with Dolphins

Magic Johnson says he would be interested in becoming the Miami

Dolphins’ latest celebrity limited partner, although his priority

is to help Los Angeles get an NFL team.

Johnson said he recently met with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to

discuss business, but he offered no details about the


”I like Stephen Ross a lot,” Johnson said Friday while

attending the Miami Heat’s game against Orlando. ”Of course if he

wants me to do business with him, we’re going to do business

together. If I can’t get something done in L.A. and if he asks me

to join the Dolphins, would I? Of course I would.”

Johnson attended the Dolphins’ home game Sunday against the

Pittsburgh Steelers.

Since taking over the Dolphins before last season, Ross has

brought aboard as limited partners the Williams sisters, Gloria and

Emilio Estefan, Fergie and Marc Anthony. As part of Ross’ attempt

to boost attendance, the Dolphins now have a VIP entrance and South

Beach-style club at games.

”He’s a smart businessman, and he’s a fun businessman,”

Johnson said. ”See, that’s the difference between a lot of owners.

He understands marketing and making it fun, a great atmosphere.

”But my No. 1 priority is to bring the NFL back to L.A.”

Johnson recently sold his small ownership stake in the Los

Angeles Lakers.