Magic Johnson Takes Shots at LeBron James

The former Lakers great said the Miami Heat star is not on the level of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

Posted: 10/18/2011 09:21 AM EDT
Magic Johnson Takes Shots at LeBron James

There is at least one former NBA star and Hall of Famer who won’t make LeBron James’s Christmas Card list this year.

 

That would be Magic Johnson.

 

Apparently Johnson is among the growing number of people who believe the Miami Heat star has yet to back up all the hype that has been bestowed upon him since entering the league. Johnson took some interesting shots at James and his lack of titles and disappearing acts in playoff games while speaking at the University of Albany last Saturday.

 

"There's going to always be great players in basketball," Magic said during his speech. "There's going to always be guys who win championships in the NBA — except LeBron."


But the former Los Angeles Lakers great was just getting warmed up. Johnson took aim at the often-made comparison between James and current Lakers star Kobe Bryant — two of the biggest modern-day stars of the NBA.

 

"Everybody's always asking, 'Who is better between Kobe and LeBron?'" Johnson said. "I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? I'm like you're kidding me. Kobe five championships; LeBron, zero.'"

 

That also goes for comparisons of James to all-time great Michael Jordan. During last season’s playoff run, Jordan’s former Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen dared to say that James could surpass Jordan by the time his career is over.

 

That comment came back to bite Pippen, of course, as James folded in the NBA Finals against Dallas, averaging just three points in the fourth quarter of the series. We all know that Jordan was famous for putting the Bulls on his shoulders in the fourth quarter.


 

"Stop trying to compare him to Michael Jordan," said Johnson, who averaged 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 12.3 assists per game during over 190 career playoff games. "Come on, man, six championships for Jordan. You know that Michael averaged over 30 points every playoff series? Don't try to touch that."


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