It happened a few days after NBA legend Michael Jordan commented that LeBron James “took the easy way out” by joining fellow NBA superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. This time another NBA legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers said that he would not join forces with Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics just to win an NBA championship.
Magic and Bird were rivals dating back to their college playing days. When Johnson played for Michigan State, they beat Bird and his Indiana State squad in the NCAA 1979 season. In the NBA, they had a storied rivalry in the 1980’s prior to the Michael Jordan era with the Chicago Bulls.
As quoted on Bloomberg News, “We didn’t think about it ‘cause that’s not what we were about,” said Magic. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.” Johnson added.
Two Hall of Famers have spoken about the “decision”. Are we expecting Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others to follow suit?