In a truly astonishing outburst, Magic Johnson has gone on an incredible rant mocking LeBron James.
Johnson is always very calm and collected when on TV, and has always been a supporter of LeBron, but the comments he made recently during a speech at the University of Albany have stunned the world.
Magic was asked what he wanted his legacy to be in the NBA. That began the onslaught.
“There’s going to always be great players in basketball.
There’s going to always be guys who win championships in the NBA – except LeBron.”
Supposedly the first shot drew mixed receptions (which given this day and age is surprising) but that did not stop former Laker.
“Everybody’s always asking, Who is better between Kobe and LeBron?
I’m like, Are you kidding me? I’m like, You’re kidding me. Kobe five championships; LeBron zero.”
How original. Incase you thought the Jordan-LeBron debate would actually be forgotten for a few days, you were wrong:
“Stop trying to compare him to Michael Jordan.
Come on, man, six championships for Jordan. You know that Michael averaged over 30 points every play-off series? Don’t try to touch that.”
Man I never grow tired of that argument.
“I’m not hating on LeBron. He’s a triple-double threat every single game and he’s going to get better.”
Oh ok, well then this isn’t a big deal.
I think the lockout is starting to send everyone a little crazy and maybe Magic is starting to run out of things to do now his services have not been required on ESPN.
LeBron James has always been referred to as a mix between Magic and Jordan, and that seems to have never bothered the charismatic point guard.
Whether he was trying to get a laugh, whether he is jealous of the attention and acclaim LeBron receives or whether he had a brain snap, it seems very out of character for a highly respectable man and someone that has always had LeBron’s back.
Regardless of the fact his justification that Kobe is better because of rings (Shaq gave him 3 and he didn’t win a playoff series until he got Pau) and that Jordan is better because he scores more points in playoff games (LeBron is second all time and is not that far behind Jordan, despite averaging greater assist totals), it’s just a childish rant and I am rather confused at why he did it.
People seem to think that constantly ridiculing and condemning LeBron James will have some effect on people or perhaps even the man himself.
The reality is that people cannot stop talking about him and no matter how negative it may be, they are still talking, they are still watching and most importantly they are still very much interested in sport’s most talked about athlete.