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Magic agrees with Jordan: 'That's not what we were about'

Jul 20, 2010, 11:20 PM EST

magic-johnson.jpgTimes are different.

LeBron is teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Michael Jordan said the other day he wouldn’t have done that, he wanted to beat Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, not partner with them. Not everyone — including our own Ira Winderman — buys that.

But Magic Johnson said he agrees with Jordan.

“We didn’t think about it ’cause that’s not what we were about,” Johnson said at Baruch College in New York, according to Bloomberg News. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”

Let’s also be fair here — Magic didn’t have to.

He was drafted onto a team with Kareem Abdul Jabbar near the peak of his powers, one of the greatest centers and offensive weapons ever to play the game. That team also had sharp-shooter Jamaal Wilkes, Norm Nixon and Michael Cooper among others. Pretty soon the Lakers added guys like Bob McAdoo and a few years later drafted James Worthy (thanks to a steal of a trade).

Magic didn’t need to join forces, he was drafted into a powerhouse lineup. Bird had McHale and Parrish. Jordan was not alone — Scotty Pippen and a host of perfectly complimentary role players.

Nobody wins a title alone. You can debate if you want whether LeBron should have waited in Cleveland for them to build a roster around him, but nobody — not Magic or Bird or Jordan — would have won a title with the rosters LeBron has had.

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  1. Silent Few - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Moose, you are a BONEHEAD LOOSER who does not know what to say in this DISCUSSION. Try your best and take Kobe’s name out of your DM, because he has nonthing to do with what is going on. I really don’t understand why you hiters do not leave the guy alone. He is not responsible for LBJ’s so-called publicized decision to join his big brother DW. The guy got FIVE RINGS to his credit with the sixth one expected June of 2011, so please give the respect he deserves FOOL!!!

  2. Edwin - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    I hope that the ideas and attitudes that fans promote are the glue the players adopt as their own goals and dreams. The will to win at any cost is never measured outside the painted circles. It is performed daily, weekly, monthly and yearly within the painted line of war and engaged to the joy of the NBA fans. Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, have that common factor in their conquest of champanions and championship. Let us not forget the Pistons nasty boys, the Suns chosen reign of fire, Mavericks artistry of determination, the Spurs sweet defense and killer offense.
    But only a chosen few can claim the destiny or dynasty they created. It takes a successful coaching team and management team that will pay to play. Their decisions are what makes mega bucks and super stars of mere mortals. So lets give these pretender a chance to engage the future and learn to complement their talent with the magic prize.
    To be the best it takes many things working together, commitment, luck, chemistry, health, and the will to win. One thing for sure, we will be watching and praying for them or against them if they live up to all the hype.

  3. JR - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    How the hell he going down as the greatest when he is not even better than Kobe!! Lebron has done nothing but put up numbers, he has won nothing but stupid ass MVP’s and that means nothing because they only give those to players that have the best record in the league.

  4. JCal - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Actually when Kobe won MVP the Lakers did not have the best record the Celtics did.

  5. Truelistener - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    David and everyone who believe Lebron “did nothing wrong getting quality help” this is the difference and the major issue: these Hall of Fame players never went out and courted and teamed up with Superstars to win championships. Sure, they were drafted onto teams with talent (Magic, Bird, etc.) and sure, their teams were improved with trades and free agents but it is unprecedented that a superstar player (certainly of Lebron’s skill level) called co-superstar(s) and orchestrated a move to the same team to win championships. I disagree, Jordan/Magic/Bird (etc.) would not have done that and they did not do that! Remember, Michael Jordan worked and sweated his heart out in Chicago before getting help from a very untested Scottie Pippen before he won.

  6. Magic - Aug 19, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    If they don’t win in their first year. I hope ‘Moose’ fillout his pants.

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