- Magic Johnson spoke to Service Insider last week in an interview tied to his new partnership with Uncle Bud’s Hemp, a merchant of hemp- and CBD-based items.
- Johnson likewise talked about the start of the NBA “bubble” and offered his individual and societal point of views on navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adding to his business acumen during the COVID-19 pandemic, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has made an entrepreneurial move into a rapidly growing market– the retail sale of hemp and CBD.
Johnson, the NBA legend and previous president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, talked to Company Insider in a phone interview last week about the personal and expert factors that drew him to a newly revealed collaboration with Uncle Bud’s Hemp, a retailer of hemp- and CBD-based items.
In the interview, Johnson also discussed his experience of quarantining in California throughout the state’s recent rise in coronavirus cases, and provided his point of view as a longtime public-health supporter on the urgency of social precaution in a pandemic.
Johnson concluded by addressing the logistics of the 2019-2020 NBA season’s extension in a “bubble,” which starts on Thursday; “tired of viewing reruns,” he communicated his general gratitude for the return of live sports.
John Lynch: What drew you to this brand-new company endeavor?
Magic Johnson: Well, I believe Uncle Bud’s is a fantastic company with a remarkable cofounder in Garrett [Greller].
Lynch: What made this the time for it?
Johnson: Well, I believe you’re. Throughout the pandemic you utilize it more since of the fact that I can work out more. I’m at house more. And we were able to come together, have a great conference, and their vision resembled my vision. The 2 business aligned with each other. It was just remarkable. It was a simple offer to get done because I think in the item, utilize the product, I believe in the cofounders. It was an easy offer to get done.
Lynch: CBD, for you personally, is the primary application of it for pain relief? What appeals to you about CBD?
Johnson: Yeah, since of the discomfort relief. And after that also, too, you understand, they got fantastic creams, hand sanitizer. So they got other items. It’s a remarkable line of product, and individuals can go to UncleBudsHemp.com to see the whole line. It’s genuinely remarkable. They blew me away. The packaging is terrific. I suggest, whatever. It’s actually a superior company.
Lynch: While we’re on the topic of health, how strictly are you quarantining? I understand California is going through it today.
Johnson: Yeah. I’m quarantining. At first I get out and power walk early in the early morning, about 6 o’clock in the early morning. And after that I’m either in the house all day, or I use my masks, wear my gloves, you know, when I’m out grocery shopping with my wife, naturally. However I truly don’t go a lot of places. I’m not around a lot of individuals. So we all got ta do our part to bring the numbers down here in California and in our country, in America.
Lynch: I was going to say, for you, as a crucial advocate for public health throughout your life, I ‘d picture you need to differ with individuals who are “anti-mask,” this movement of individuals who are overlooking science.
Johnson: Yeah, due to the fact that you can’t neglect the information and science. Since the numbers, when we did ignore it, look what took place in Florida. Look what happened in Alabama. Look what took place in Georgia. I indicate, the numbers just– Texas– the numbers have just gone through the roof because they didn’t put rules in location to state, “Hey, the bars can’t open,” dining establishments, on and on and on.
Now when we first quarantined and shut the state down in California, the numbers decreased, right? As soon as we opened it up and people didn’t want to wear masks and all that, then the numbers went back up. So I’m for, let’s wear masks, let’s protect ourselves and likewise our buddies, households, and other people, so we can drive the numbers back down, and after that ideally we can return to our daily walking life, the method it utilized to be. However that probably won’t take place until after it, most likely until next year.