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Danny Ferry meets with Magic Johnson, apologizes for Luol Deng comments

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Magic Johnson says that embattled Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry deserves a "second chance" after Ferry apologized to Johnson for the comments he made in regards to Luol Deng.

Jim Rogash

Danny Ferry remains away on an indefinite leave of absence from the Atlanta Hawks but he continues to make his rounds around the Atlanta and NBA community as he tries to repair his battered reputation. Ferry met with NBA legend Magic Johnson on Tuesday to apologize for his insensitive comments regarding free agent Luol Deng from earlier this summer.

Johnson was one of the first to call for Ferry's ouster when his comments about Deng were released. Now he thinks Ferry deserves a second chance whether that is with the Hawks or another NBA team.

Johnson also had some advice for Hawks CEO Steve Koonin in regards to Atlanta legend Dominique Wilkins.

Wilkins is a fixture as part of the Hawks' broadcast team and has carried the title of Vice President of Basketball since 2004. However, that title hasn't carried any visible weight in terms of the decision making process within the organization. Wilkins has expressed interest in forming a group to buy out Bruce Levenson's majority stake of the team. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently told the media that he had spoken with six potential buyers for the team but its not clear whether Wilkins was one of them.