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Magic Johnson is full of it

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A great article on True Hoop analyzing the ridiculous comments Magic made about LeBron. Not sure if it's hypocritical...more like comparing apples to oranges. At the heart of the argument is a comparison between Magic's teammates vs LeBron's teammates. Here's how it breaks down: Then Mike gets to comparing the Lakers who played with Johnson in his first seven years to the Cavaliers who played with James over the same period. Johnson's teammates, in aggregate, had: * Two first team All-Rookie selections (Byron Scott, James Worthy) * 11 All-Star appearances (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seven times, Norm Nixon twice, Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes) * Four All-NBA first team selections (Abdul-Jabbar) * Two All-NBA second team selections (Abdul-Jabbar) * Five All-Defensive first team selections (Michael Cooper three times, Abdul-Jabbar twice) * Four All-Defensive second team selections (Cooper three times, Abdul-Jabbar once) * One MVP Award (Abdul-Jabbar) * In addition, Abdul-Jabbar, Worthy, Wilkes, Nixon, and Cooper all got votes for MVP at one point in time or the other during Magic's first seven years, and Cooper won defensive player of the year in Johnson's eighth year. Mike does a similar analysis on James' Cavs' rosters: * Zero first team All-Rookie Selections * Two All-Star game appearances (Mo Williams, Zydrunas llgauskas) * Zero All-NBA first team selection * Zero All-NBA second team selections * Zero All-Defensive first team selections * One All-Defensive second team selection (Anderson Vareajo) * Zero MVP Awards That is pretty overwhelming evidence that LeBron and Magic were dealing with two totally different situations. Magic was born into the royalty of the NBA while LeBron went to a poor team. Magic has little credibility telling LeBron not to get what he had himself.

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