The Laker Nation is celebrating: On Tuesday (Sunday through Monday), the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their 17th championship after finishing 2: 4 over the Miami Heat, and naturally the parade of interviewees also arrived. One who was never afraid to speak, but this time was particularly happy, is of course Erwin “Magic” Johnson.
The Lakers legend, who has won five titles with the club throughout the 1980s and was part of management until the start of the current season, spoke to ESPN – and also provided his two cents on the burning issue: Does LeBron James deserve to be considered the best ever? Did he overtake Michael Jordan?
Johnson’s answer was reluctant. “If he gets another one (that is, a championship next year, which will be King James’ fifth), it will be difficult to claim that he is not at the same level. With four championships, it will be difficult to claim that LeBron overtook Michael. But if he repeats the achievement – The key is repeat – it has a good argument. ” At the same time, Magic complimented James’ career situation: “I like the direction LeBron is going,” he said, “he is in the right organization.”
Another issue that will surely concern Lakers fans for next season, and the possibility that LeBron will have a fifth degree, is of course the future of Anthony Davis. The chin, some would say the main hero of this championship, is ending a contract and has not made it clear unequivocally that he will stay another season at the club. Despite the question marks, Magic is calm: “I’m sure Davis will be back,” he said of him. “A great situation has been created for Davis and the Lakers. AD is now known all over the world for the organization he has in the Lakers. If he and LeBron stay, the Lakers can definitely repeat the feat.”
“You do not want to leave and that a player like LeBron James will not be by your side, because what happened in New Orleans could happen to him (Davis) again. They improve each other, and no less important – if not most important – once LeBron retires, he will say: “Here, Anthony Davis, this is your team. Now take that team to another five or six championships,” Magic concluded.
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