(1979) Joe “Jellybean” Bryant Dunks on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
October 12th of 1979. Most Lakers fans know this day as the NBA debut of Lakers legend Magic Johnson: the 1979 runner-up for Rookie of the Year (Yep, Bird won the award while Magic went on to win the championship that season).
In this game, Magic had an impressive 26 points and teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a team-high 29 in the win. Kareem was also part of the best highlight of the game, which came from a player on the opposing team. It wasn’t World B Free or any of his 46 points either. It was Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, when he blew past Spencer Haywood then threw down a nasty one-hand dunk over Kareem.
I’m sure the highlight probably made a lot of Lakers fans hate Bryant but if only they knew at the time that his one-year old son would one day become a Laker worthy (no pun intended) of being mentioned with the likes of Magic and Kareem.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS (SICK MAGIC JOHNSON PLAYS) OF THE GAME