You can learn a lot from basketball. Especially when there’s some Magic in it.
GTT won’t like this cause she’s a Bird fan
I like it a lot cause Magic kicked Bird’s ass
In gymnastics, there’s always talk about dominators – girls who rose to the occasion and became unstoppable. Shushunova comes to mind. In Seoul, nothing could beat her, even though Silivas was overall the better gymnast. Lilia in ’96, holding off three awesome musketeers – but Lilia dominated that night.
Then you have Magic Johnson, arguably the second-best basketball player who ever lived. I am not into basketball, but I am into greatness, and I stumbled upon a video that reveals 15:22 of pure greatness and shows why the 1980s L.A. Lakers were better than the 1980s Boston Celtics. (I know, most of you are saying, What the fuck?)
The point here is to show you how an athlete could put his pants on one leg at a time like everybody else, but somehow soar above the rest because of his belief in himself and his unwavering commitment to being the absolute best in the world.
That was Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and then again in 1996. He was and still is loved in Los Angeles.
The big thing about Magic wasn’t his scoring but his assists. An assist in basketball is when you give the ball up to a teammate who scores a basket. Magic was unselfish, and built a career on assists. His passing was mind-blowing. He had an uncanny way of spotting an open man and getting the ball to him.
During his career, Magic won the assists title four times and ended up with 10,141 total assists. That means, thanks to Magic, the Lakers scored 20,282 points. And that’s why they beat the hell out of the Celtics and everybody else.
In 1991, Magic was diagnosed HIV positive. Twenty-two years later, he is still with us. Like Moceanu, Magic has a champion’s heart, and while Michael Jordan will go down in history as the best ever and Moceanu will just go . . . down, and east-coasters will forever argue that Larry Bird was better than Magic, we west-coasters know the truth: Magic was the greatest player and the most valuable of them all, pre-Jordan, period.
A joke I wrote:
A cop pulls Magic over for speeding.
COP: Magic, I tracked your car doing sixty in a thirty-five zone.
MAGIC: Oh, no, officer, I wasn’t speeding. I was watching my speedometer all the time.
COP: Are you positive?
MAGIC: Yeah, but what does that have to do with it?
GTT will argue. But then she would argue for Bill Buckner’s vindication, which is silly, because at one of the Wrestlemania shows in Boston, Pete Rose left tickets for Bill, but Bill was unable to bend over and pick them up.
Here’s greatness in action. And the majority of the calls were by Lakers long-time announcer Chick Hearn, considered the greatest basketball play-by-play man the sport has ever seen. It doesn’t matter whether or not you like basketball. Watch it to see something that happens once in a lifetime. Magic. (And he’s as black as coal, so don’t anybody start fucking with me over my being a so-called racist. Comparing Gabby Douglas to Magic Johnson is like comparing a popcorn machine to a pissed-off volcano.)
And as you’ll see in the video as the intensity builds, Magic could also shoot.