Magic Johnson’s Turn to Criticize LeBron’s Decision

by July 21, 2010

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but this summer is officially dedicated to the bashing of LeBron James. Everyone is joining in on the fun, with NBA legends jumping in with both feet.

Magic Johnson echoed Michael Jordan’s critique of LeBron’s defection to Miami, saying he would’ve never even thought of teaming up with his greatest rival(s) during his career. Because, well, that simply wasn’t done in his day.

Bloomberg has the quotes:

Basketball hall of famer Magic Johnson said he never would have joined with Larry Bird to win a championship the way LeBron James is teaming with Dwyane Wade.

“We didn’t think about it cause that’s not what we were about,” said Johnson. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”

“It was never a question in our mind because nobody has ever done that,” he said.

The criticism and finger-wagging will eventually die down for LeBron James, especially once the Miami Heat start to pile up the wins. For the time being, though, it’s open season.

James can take comfort in the probability that, about 15 years from now, he’ll be sitting on his perch atop the NBA’s Mount Olympus, imperiously shaking his head at these damn kids’ decisions.