Magic Johnson Says Showtime Lakers Would Probably Sweep The Warriors & He Should Feel That Way
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Breaking news: A former NBA player who played on one of the greatest teams of all-time thinks his championship team would beat the current Warriors or any other team from any other year. They should think that. Here’s more breaking news: NBA writers and people on social media take everything that comes out of the mouth of former players way too seriously and literal.
On Monday, seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry pissed off a lot of people when he said Hakeem Olajuwon is “20 times better” than Tim Duncan on ESPN’s The Jump and his Lakers squad with Kobe and Shaq would beat the current Warriors on another ESPN show. A ton of writers quickly got on their laptops and had to write about why Hakeem is not exactly “20 times better” although he could be 2.5 times better or maybe 1.2?
Later that night, at the American Express Teamed Up event with five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson and 10-time NBA champion Pat Riley, the GOAT point guard said his Showtime Lakers would probably sweep the current Warriors. And he should think that. The odds are his team wouldn’t “sweep” but were you expecting him to say in front of a Los Angeles audience, “I think we would win and the Warriors could possibly take us to a Game 7 because they are so talented?”
Magic led the Lakers to the NBA finals nine times between 1980 and 1991 and for much of that time he had arguably the greatest center of all-time and a group of Hall of Famers, All-Stars and underrated players like James Worthy, Byron Scott, AC Green, Bob McAdoo, Michael Cooper and Mychal Thompson. Of course, he’s going to say we would sweep, murder, destroy, kill and beat the shit out of any other team, especially a team with a 6’3 point guard and Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee at center. Yes, the combo of Curry, KD, Klay and Draymond is a great one but so was the combo of Bird, McHale, Parish and Dennis Johnson; So was the combo of Moses Malone, Dr J, Toney and Cheeks; So was the combo of Isiah Thomas, Dantley, Dumars and Vinnie Johnson. The Showtime Lakers beat every one of those combos during the 80s so there’s no reason to think that team couldn’t beat any other great team in NBA history.
If this post hasn’t upset you enough, here’s Pat Riley at the event explaining why Magic Johnson would beat LeBron James in a game of one-on-one.
Back to Big Shot Bob and his Lakers, his team is most known for winning three championships in a row with the MDE and the second best shooting guard in NBA history. Until the Warriors finish off LeBron and the Cavs, this current team is most known for losing a 3-1 lead. With that said, I feel every player and fan of the current Warriors should think they have the greatest team in history and their team will sweep the Cavs this season and would have swept Horry’s Lakers, Magic’s Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, Jordan’s Bulls, the Bad Boy Pistons and the Russell’s Celtics that won 11 titles in 13 years. Great players and leaders have that confidence in themselves and their teammates and great fans need to be a little extreme and even delusional.