Johnson stressed he has not had any formal talks about either possibility, with other potential suitors or the Davidson family that put the team on the market, and that he would not be a majority owner because it would mean relocating from Los Angeles, the very reason some close to him note the Pistons are not a realistic match. But Johnson told NBA.com at the press conference leading up to Hall of Fame ceremonies tonight that "some people had called me and wanted me to [know] if I'm interested in being a part of a group to own the Pistons."
"Somebody back there has to be the majority owner. Be the owner," said Johnson, who would have to sell his interest in the Lakers to work for or own another team.. "That wouldn't be me. But if Ilitch or somebody -- you've got a good guy back there already in Joe Dumars. If somebody said, 'Hey, can you come and think about helping Joe Dumars?' then I would think about it.
Johnson holds a partial ownership stake in the Lakers, the only franchise he has ever been associated with since entering the NBA in 1979. However, Johnson grew up a mere 90 miles or so from Auburn Hills, where the Pistons currently play. Before joining the Lakers, Johnson won a high school state title with Everett High in Lansing, and won the 1979 NCAA championship at Michigan State.
Johnson has been a minority owner of the Lakers since 1994, and has won five NBA titles as a player and five more as a team executive.