"I'm a proud black man. I'm a leader in the black community and I take that role seriously," Johnson said.
Magic says ... instead of attacking Sterling, he thinks the guy needs help -- and says he is praying for him. Though he points out Sterling has NOT once truly apologized to him or the black community.
Johnson also says Sterling is pissed at the wrong person -- telling us, "He should point the anger at the young woman."
Magic says he thinks Sterling was also trying to pit blacks and Jews against each other during his interview with CNN -- but says he will NOT succeed.
In the end, Magic says he's very secure with himself and won't let Sterling's comments bring him down -- saying, "It's sad. We just got to pray for him."