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Flashback: The Time Magic Johnson Called Cardinal Mahoney “Colonel” Mahoney

While Lakers Nation and the NBA mourns the passing of owner Jerry Buss, let’s hop in the CS Time Machine and head back to 2002, the last time a who’s who of Lakers legends gathered to mourn one of their own — the late broadcaster, Chick Hearn. Speaking at Hearn’s funeral was Magic Johnson, who, in wrapping up his eloquent eulogy, turned and thanked “Colonel” Roger Mahoney for a wonderful ceremony. It’s an innocent hiccup, uttered in a pre-YouTube, pre-Twitter age — almost a lost moment in television history. But it’s worth revisiting, if only to add a bit of levity on an otherwise somber day.