Magic Johnson Joins Jordan On The King James Bashing Bandwagon

- By Bossip Staff

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!


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  • Bey-nonsense

    first- this is getting ri dam diculous

  • LuvN_Life

    Who cares these People need to get over LeBron,DWade and Bosh calling each other to make ther team
    And find something else to FOCUS on it’s signed sealed and DEliVEred

  • Bey-nonsense

    again it’s the same concept as jordan- jordan and magic team mgmt was focused on winning. jordan and magic didn’t have to think about it.
    Careerwise I’m so glad LeBron made that move.

  • http://n/a Txhustla15

    Lol its people forgot that Magic, Jordan and Bird all benefitted from decent management and playing on teams that had future hall of famers and NBA allstars – Not Wally Sczerbiak , Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, Antawn ‘Glass’ Jamision and other lower level scrubs….its a different era

  • Leslie

    Magic need to sit down somewhere and make sure he’s taking all his meds on time! Why they hell is everybody so worried about Lebron?

  • WhoUFeelin

    Ive been reading Magic Johnson’s book 32 Ways to be A Champion in Business, GREAT book, everyone should take notes.

  • Just Some Cat

    None of these guys really bashed Lebron. Accept it folks. Lebron is a good guy, and a great player, but what MJ, Magic, Bird, Kobe and the owner of the Cavaliers are saying is that he ain’t no alpha dog.

    A bit weak mentally when it comes to competition. I think things came so easily for him his whole basketball life that he couldn’t handle it when he started getting criticism for not winning a title.

  • toosexy

    @ just some cat..I agree… also these men were great and I think there opinion is valued in the basketball world…It wasn’t like they dogged the man..but they gave their mind might don’t mean a thing, but that was hella stupid..

  • Just Some Cat

    and just for the record I like Lebron. just sayin i wouldn’t of made that decision either.

    for those of you doggin clevelands management, they tried to improve every year. hell the brother got to the finals once already. i just think he should of kept trying in cleveland.

  • tommykimon

    Do you Lebron let the haters hate 🙂

  • sista2sista

    easy for them to say when they had legends on the court WITH them (scottie p., dennis r., james w., kareem, etc.). what happened to jordan w/the wizards is a clear pic of what happens when you don’t have a supporting cast or other b-ball legends on your side.

  • concrete rose

    Doesn’t sound like bashing to me…smh…they were asked a question and voicing their opinion…

  • RazeKane

    Its a NEW day Magic, don’t wanna hear about the old days of you, Bird, Kareem etc, them days have come and gone. This is the new breed take it or leave it.

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    Lebron IS trying to beat his rival : Kobe Bryant…geez.

  • http://n/a Txhustla15

    @or those of you ***** clevelands management, they tried to improve every year. hell the brother got to the finals once already. i just think he should of kept trying in cleveland.

    Incorrect – no they did not try and improve every year – they tried to improve their team but at the same time they wanted to be cheap and make moves that would only benefit them and their cap situation thinking that a long term max deal is what would have attracted LeBron. Obviously if Danny Ferry was doing his job he either : a.) would still have a job right including the coach Mike Brown b.) LeBron would still be there in a cleveland uniform. Seriously it has been 7 years.. years, you think LeBron is not mindful of the history of the game should he stay loyal like KG, Ray Allen, Malone countless others and spend years wasting away in his prime on franchises that clearly lack whats needed to get it done ?

  • http://n/a Txhustla15

    Sides Cleveland passed on such trades like that would have brought in Amare for the trade kicker being JJ Hickson who they did not want to give up yet barely even played him come post season. LeBron would ask for specific players on the market and Cleveland would continually bring him the third and fourth best options, hes never had a legit second scoring threat during his tenure there. If you seriously think Anthony Parker, a washed up Shaq and a ex-globetrotter are serious playoff material then you dont understand the game. Same reason why they were always good in the regular season and would get exposed in the playoffs, only time they got anywhere was due to LBJ’s individual efforts…

  • so jazzy

    @sista2sista. I agree and i was saying the same thing to a dude about MJ, magic and the other retiree. They all had other greats on their team to help them. Will any other cavs player be a future hall of famer? I think not. GO LEBRON! Go HEAT!

  • Penfold, shush!

    These old school cats need to leave LeBron alone. The game evolves. Ten years from now, this will be the norm.

  • Come on Man


    o yeah, even after the upgrade for the second run the only hof jordan played with was Pippen…only potential hof from the 96-98 repeat roster could be possibly dennis rodman…which has gotten the call yet! other than that…no where close.
    but i will give you magic and bird though

  • Come on Man

    @so jazzy

    so shaq is not a HOF…kareem was Shaq age when magic first got there..and they won championships…everyone was on the lebron and shaq bandwangon until the wheels fell off and now lebron wasn’t with any HOF players… I disagree on that point but I agree that they should let lebron live and play the game the way he wants to.

  • Gimme A Break

    Who are they going to ask next – Dr. Phil? We get it….they would have made a different choice. LeBron ain’t studdin’ them. Let’s keep it moving.

  • David

    Jordan and Magic need to leave Lebron alone. Last time i checked Lebron was a grown man who made his own decisions and who paid his own bills. Lebron I think is more of a role model then jordan is for kids. Lebron took a pay cut to compete for a championship with the heat, but jordan demanded 30 million dollars per year to compete for a championship with the Bulls.

  • http://n/a Txhustla15

    @ Come on Man – Umm wow, we agree on some points – others have no idea what the hell you talkin about

    – Kevin McHale – Hall of Fame
    – Robert Parish – Hall of Fame
    – Bill Walton – Hall of Fame
    – James Worthy – Hall of Fame
    – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Hall of Fame

    So no scottie pippen was not the only Hall of famer involved, all three players played with hall of fame quality players was the point made during their respective tenures with their squads.

    Never said Mike Brown was a bad coach, he actually was a good coach that took the blame like all coaches do in professional sports for Clevelands postseason failures. Again as I said before their team was good but not built for the playoffs – almost every single NBA analyst or oddsmaker will say the exact same thing. Maybe you missed this years version of the Cavs with Mo Williams getting violated by Rondo on a continual Basis.

    And no Danny Ferry was a inept GM, anyone that has hoops knowledge knows that hands down. If you seriously cant see the fail in trading Amare for JJ Hickson or trading for useless Antawn Jamison that whole subject is dead at that among their other braindead moves – Wally World as Lebrons second option – you serious ? What happened with him the playoffs – thats right he choked like the rest of the squad. Sides everyone in the L has to deal with my lakers at the end of day, im just glad to see the East Conf. get a little better…

  • Eddy

    Labron made the right decision. Magic needs to take his meds and shut up.

  • what is that?

    didn’t jordan retire to comeback to play for another team? and did magic johnson only played for lakers? ok, they voiced their comments, but who cares about what they have to say..two legends.. but lebron is grown and he had to make a choice to try to win the ring..and if cleveland and not trying to help him with his decision, to be was time for him to move on…

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