(1979) Joe “Jellybean” Bryant Dunks on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
October 12th of 1979, most Laker fans know this day as the NBA debut of Magic Johnson: the 1979 runner up for Rookie of the Year (Yep, Bird won the award but Magic won the championship that season).
In this game, Magic had an impressive 26 points in his debut and teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a team-high 29 in the win but the highlight of the game came from 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 and then threw down a nasty dunk over Kareem.
I’m sure the highlight probably made a lot of Laker fans hate Bryant but if only they knew at the time that his 1 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