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“You don’t reach that level of excellence and not have some part of your personality that is extreme,” Armstrong said. “For my whole life, that was just normal. If you’re going to be the best, there’s a certain something that pushes you over the top. When you get to the NBA, everyone has talent, everyone can score, everyone’s a good athlete. What separates the good players from the great players? Well, there’s something extreme about your personality. It’s a little different than everyone else’s. Whether you’re a Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, what have you, these are highly competitive people.”
You spent one summer at UCLA before your SAT score was invalidated and Baron Davis mentioned that you were dominating the UCLA pick-up games against Magic Johnson, Penny Hardaway and Hakeem Olajuwon. In the film, writers also talk about how you outplayed Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett in high school. These are NBA legends! What do you remember about those pick-up games? Schea Cotton: I was having fun! (laughs) It didn’t really matter who was in front of me, I had a killer mentality. These same legends that you talked about? I mean, I came out with guys like Kobe Bryant – rest in peace. Kobe couldn’t do nothing with me either when we played! I was a problem because I had a chip on my shoulder… I played against Kevin Garnett, and Kevin has talked about my legacy and my career and what it was like playing against me. These are guys that I came up with and made my name against. These guys were the best in their area and we all came up together. It was a magnificent experience. I don’t know if they’ll ever see basketball like that again, because we’re living in a different time.
Green pointed to how the Lakers ran their business under late owner Jerry Buss. He noted that during his playing days both with the Showtime Lakers — with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — and the Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant-led Lakers, ownership was all about the employees who made the organization great. “We understood that,” Green said. “It’s a family, and that’s what’s going on here. It makes it an easy decision to come out here with my whole crew and help.”
Johnson said the momentum taking place with protests around the country about police brutality won’t stop if the NBA resumes. “I think that it can give it even some more juice because of the big platform that the players have in the NBA,” he said. “… I think that the guys have to understand that this is a chance for the guys, for them to sit down together and bring about change and how they can do that as a group.
Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the subject of a new feature film documentary from XTR, H.wood Media, NSV and Delirio Films. The filmmakers say they have been granted “unprecedented access” to the Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, whose dominance on the court helped drive the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships. The film will also rely on archival footage of Johnson, as well as interviews with the superstar, his family, fellow NBA players and business leaders. Directors for the project are currently under consideration. The Johnson doc comes on the heels of ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” a smash hit that followed the career of another basketball great, Michael Jordan. The show finished its run as the most-popular ESPN documentary in history.
Jerry Reinsdorf: “In my mind, anytime anybody wants to talk to me about comparing Michael to LeBron (James), I’m going to tell them to please don’t waste my time. I’m really pleased it showed how great Michael was to people who hadn’t seen him play. I’m truly tired of people trying to compare LeBron to Michael when it’s not even close. They should try to compare LeBron with Oscar Robertson or Magic Johnson. Michael was so head and shoulders over everybody, and that really came out in this documentary. He was a phenomenon. We may never see another like him.”
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He said he had talked to both his children about the dangers of being black in America, and how to best protect themselves. “If you’re pulled over, make sure you got your hands out of the window. Make sure that you comply. Let’s look at George Floyd. He did everything he was supposed to do. And this police officer put all his body weight, all his body weight on his neck, right, for eight minutes. So if that can happen to George Floyd, it can happen to E.J. and Andre and more black men. And so we’re fed up with this. It’s got to stop,” he said.
Former SI Senior Writer Richard Hoffer joined The Record to discuss his 1990 profile of then-Lakers star Magic Johnson. In the feature, Johnson laid out his business ambitions and 30 years later, Hoffer re-examines how the Hall of Famer realized all those goals he’d set for himself. For Johnson, his ambitions of outsize success in the business world date back to his high school days. As Hoffer put is, “I don’t think he wanted to be rich. I don’t think he wanted to be powerful. I think he wanted to be important.”
Nearly 28 years later, Drexler respectfully declined to engage in any trash talk. He laughed and expressed foggy memory of joking with former NBA on NBC reporter Ahmed Rashad that Jordan “stole all of my moves.” Drexler said the Blazers challenged Chicago in a six-game series that he called “ultra competitive.” “Everyone has a healthy respect for each other at this stage of their life,” Drexler said. “You have to take it in perspective. We were truly competitive. I haven’t seen (the documentary). So I don’t know how to respond to your question. But I have a lot of respect for Michael and Magic. I wish them nothing but well.”
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Before “NBA Inside Stuff” was a show, it was a pilot, and before it was a pilot, it was an idea, created inside the offices of NBA Entertainment. It was 1989. The NBA was finishing a decade of promising growth. In 1980, NBA Finals games were infamously aired on tape delay by broadcast partner CBS. But the rivalry of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird had propelled the league forward, and the singular star of Michael Jordan was poised to push it to new heights. As the league prepared negotiations for a new network television deal, they conceived a pilot for an unnamed show. It featured a young broadcaster named James Brown, then with CBS Sports, and sought to marry two things. “Sports with pop culture,” said Don Sperling, then a top executive at NBA Entertainment.
Another catch phrase that stuck was Rashad’s use of the term “main man.” In the NBA universe, everyone was Rashad’s “main man.” Charles Barkley was a “main man.” Shawn Kemp was a “main man.” Reggie Miller was definitely a “main man.” The bit, Rashad says, was actually lifted from his father, who would use the term when he’d forget the name of one of Rashad’s friends. If “Inside Stuff” had one “main man,” though, it was Jordan, who doubled as one of Rashad’s good friends. The two met in Los Angeles in the summer of 1990, when NBC broadcast a Magic Johnson charity basketball game as a dry run before their first season. Jordan arrived late after a round of golf. Rashad interviewed him afterward. They soon hit it off. “He was our guy,” Rashad said. “I could have him on the show whenever I wanted to.”
Looking through other notable stars on our list, LeBron James finds himself down in the rankings at No. 14, as the playoff opponents he defeated boasted a 60 percent win rate, a product of him spending the vast majority of his career in the much weaker Eastern Conference. (The same can be said of Magic Johnson, who’s 20th on our list, due to the fact that the West was pretty weak overall in the ’80s.)
Johnson elaborated on having the opportunity to provide some assistance during these trying times in an appearance on MSNBC: “These are incredible businesses, small businesses, that have been the pillar of our community that also employ a lot of black and brown people in our community. So what we did, we came together in partnership, MBE Capital, Equitrust and I, and we wanted to make sure that minority-owned businesses got small business loans through the PPP program. “I will write a $100 million check, and Rafael (Martinez) and his company will deploy that money and make sure they vet the small business in our community. This is really a powerful two companies coming together, to make sure these women-owned business, these minority-owned businesses, can still survive and thrive during this time.”
Doc Rivers may have the largest All-Time starting five squad ever. Austin Rivers joined his father on the GO OFF podcast, where the two talked about All-Time starting fives, Kobe stories, and their player/coach dynamic. When it comes to an All-Time starting five, Doc Rivers is in favor of size. “I’m going Kareem at the center,” Rivers said. “I’m going Tim Duncan at the four, because those both are two-way players. I’m going Michael, and Magic at the one and two. This may be the biggest team ever. And then LeBron at the three.”
Then she told a personal story about another star. When her dad, Jerry Buss, bought the Lakers in 1979, they drafted Magic Johnson and became the NBA’s premiere franchise. It ended suddenly when Johnson had to retire in 1991 because of an HIV diagnosis. “I prayed to the skies above and I said if we ever get a player on our team like Magic Johnson again, I will never ever, ever take that player for granted,” Buss said, her voice catching. “And then we got Kobe. As heartbroken as I am, one comfort that I have is that Kobe knew how much we loved him and we told him and we retired his numbers. He never doubted that we were behind him 100%. That gives me some comfort. We never held back the celebrating the greatness that was Kobe.”
During a recent appearance on ESPN, Johnson had some high praise for James, as he said that the Lakers forward was probably the best “all-around” player of all time. However, Johnson said that when it comes to the greatest player ever, he’s still going with Jordan. “First of all, let’s not take anything away from LeBron James,” Johnson said. “Because LeBron James is a great basketball player, one of the all-time greatest that’s ever played the game. LeBron James to me, when you think about all-around basketball players, he’s probably the best of all time. An all-around basketball player. But when you want to say ‘who’s the greatest ever’ it’s still Michael Jordan.”
While Johnson currently has Jordan ranked ahead of James on his own all-time list, he did leave the door open for James to potentially pass Jordan down the road, as James is still in the midst of his playing days. “LeBron James’ chapter is not closed yet,” Johnson added. “He still has some basketball to play, so maybe he has a chance to catch [Jordan] later on if he can get some more championships under his belt. But at the end of the day, they’re both great and they play they game the right way. They made their teammates better, they won championships, and thank god for LeBron because right now that’s what we’re watching. It’s his time. It’s his era, and he’s dominating his era.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
A bit later, she expounded on other ways she felt Johnson contributed to the Lakers’ current success: “Using the word culture didn’t have clarity to me until Magic came. It’s like everybody knew ‘okay, the hammer is coming down, we’re serious, we’re about winning, we’re going to get back to winning,’ and how not only from the basketball side, but from every side of the organization, everybody sat up a little bit… It’s like ‘we’re here to do something, now this is what we’re committed to.’
“And he set us off on that path, and now I’ve really seen how the culture has come around in terms of bringing in somebody like LeBron and the players that want to come and play with somebody like LeBron, and the coaches that we have, and the coaching staff and what they’re all about, and what they’re trying to accomplish. “So yes, I think we were trying to change the culture, it took time to implement, but now people know who we are, they know the kind of basketball team that we want to be, the type of players that we’re going to bring in, and now it kind of all feeds on itself. We’ve got the pieces, and now the pieces can grow bigger.”
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson was asked by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday to name five current NBA players that would have been able to play during Michael Jordan’s era. “That’s really easy for me,” Johnson said. “We start with LeBron [James], then KD, Kevin Durant, no question, I mean, that guy can score in any era, right? And I think Steph Curry could still shoot the way he’s shooting right now because I love watching Steph Curry play. And I think I would probably take Anthony Davis and the Greek Freak [Giannis Antetokounmpo]. Those guys could definitely play in the era that I was in, and other guys as well.”
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Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned. The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.
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ABC and ESPN are taking The Last Dance to overtime. The broadcast network will air an hour-long special called After the Dance With Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special at 8 p.m. May 19, two days after the conclusion of ESPN’s breakout docuseries about Michael Jordan’s last year with the Chicago Bulls. Smith and basketball legend Magic Johnson will discuss their biggest takeaways from The Last Dance and be joined by other NBA greats as well.
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
Not so fast on crediting Jordan with the league’s ascension, according to former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who was speaking with ESPN 97.5 The Game after the first four episodes of The Last Dance. McHale had the below to say: “No Michael didn’t build this league, because I was in the league before it was built. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird built this league, along with David Stern. David Stern had an unbelievable vision for this league.”
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
The conversation then transitioned to who is the best player. That’s when things got heated. “Michael and Magic got into it. They were talking back and forth with each other, and it was really funny. I was sitting over there with Larry Bird and we were just watching,” Rashad said. “Then finally, Michael gets very upset and says, ‘Listen, all I’m telling you—I’m telling you, Larry, and I’m telling you, Magic—if you don’t quit, every time I see you next year, I am busting your ass. When I come to your arena, I’m busting your ass. I’m warning you right now, you better quit.”
“He did not try to arrange a trade,” Rosen said when he stopped laughing. “That did not happen. Something else happened but more of a friendship thing between Pat and Earvin and a driver hearing them talk. How’s that? It was never going to happen.” Well, that certainly begs a follow-up question. “There was no talk of setting up a trade between the Knicks and the Lakers,” he continued. “Trust me, I was the one that was involved deep in the middle of anything that would have happened and I know what happened. There was nothing. It was a made-up story back then.”
Or, as the voice-of-god narrator would say at the beginning of the film: A fusion of music and sports like never before. “Nobody had composited one video of the best players in the league, set to really high-end, copyrighted popular music,” Sperling says. If you have seen “NBA Superstars,” you know that part of its charm lies in its soundtrack, which is catchy, well curated and sometimes kind of weird. The film begins with Janet Jackson’s “Control” scoring a montage of Magic Johnson highlights, transitions to Mellencamp and Bird, and then pivots to Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” for Michael Jordan, an explicit nod to the song’s association with the movie Top Gun and Jordan’s ability to fly (especially in slow motion). But then, there’s Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”; an instrumental track from Greek composer Yanni (“Looking Glass”) that scores a Dominique Wilkins reel; and a Billy Joel ballad from 1986 (“This is the Time”) during a tribute to older NBA players from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.