Magic Johnson is the latest NBA veteran to give his two cents about Lebron James’ unorthodox decision to jump ship and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in hot pursuit of an NBA championship. His words on the flippy
Basketball hall of famer Magic Johnson, who won five National Basketball Association championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, agreed with fellow hall of famer Michael Jordan in saying they would focus more on beating their rivals than joining them.
“We didn’t think about it cause that’s not what we were about,” said Johnson, whose Michigan State squad beat Bird’s Indiana State team in the 1979 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”
Bird, a hall of famer who played for the Boston Celtics, and Johnson also faced each other in the NBA Finals three out of four years from 1984-1987, with Magic’s Lakers winning twice.
Johnson spoke about the possibility of joining Bird and Jordan on the same team in an interview Tuesday morning at Baruch College in New York.
“It was never a question in our mind because nobody has ever done that,” he said.
While he agreed with Jordan that Lebron’s move to Miami wasn’t one he would’ve made, it wasn’t all BronBron bashing… Johnson said James, 25, has a bright future once his NBA career is over.
“I think he will be, one day, a great businessman,” Johnson said. “The first order of business for LeBron is to win championships. If you build your brand on the court, then that will take care of the off the court brand.”
Dang Lebron just can’t catch a break. If he doesn’t win this first championship out the gate he’s never gonna hear the end of it!