Magic Johnson trash-talks LeBron
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson made fun of superstar LeBron James, calling attention to his inability to win a championship and fourth-quarter shortcomings.
Speaking Saturday at the University of Albany, Johnson – who also does analysis work for ESPN – did some trash-talking of James, whom many believe is the best player in the NBA.
A successful businessman, Johnson said his greatest achievement was putting people to work in minority communities. “There’s going to always be great players in basketball,” he said. “There’s going to always be guys who win championships in the NBA, except LeBron.”
A two-time NBA MVP, James reached the Finals with Cleveland in 2007 and Miami last season, losing both times. In last year’s Finals, he was virtually invisible in the fourth quarter.
“Everybody’s always asking, ‘Who is better between Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron?’” Johnson said. “I’m like, Are you kidding me? I’m like you’re kidding me … Kobe, five championships; LeBron, zero. I love the young man though. I know he’s going to get better in the fourth quarter this year.”
Johnson may have realized the impact of his words and attempted to soften the blow.
“I’m not hating on LeBron,” Johnson said. “He’s a triple-double threat every single game and he’s going to get better.”