Magic Johnson has been a basketball analyst for many years now. Over that span, the only time he has said anything even remotely newsworthy is when he has bashed the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether he was questioning Mike Brown’s abilities, publicly destroying Jim Buss or openly clowning Mike D’Antoni, the one common denominator in all of Magic’s critique was that it was laced with a good bit of hating on his old squad.
Well, thankfully the Lakers legend has found a new way to generate headlines.
On Tuesday, after the Los Angeles Clippers embarrassed the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter of their Christmas Day showdown, Magic compared Chris Paul and his boys to his old Showtime Lakers. The comparison is ludicrous, obviously, but it is also pretty much what the public has come to expect out of the ESPN basketball crew.
"I thought I would never, ever see Showtime again. And I was the architect of Showtime. The Clippers? That’s Showtime,” Magic said on ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports).
After the Clippers earned a 112-100 victory, Magic’s comments were relayed to Chris Paul.
“The thing about Showtime, they won championships,” said Paul.
“So that’s what we’re trying to aspire to. We appreciate Magic — he’s the best to ever do it.”
Paul is right, of course. Comparing a 22-6 team to one of the greatest Lakers clubs of all time is beyond stupid. It wouldn’t even be a valid comparison if the Clippers played well for the entire year, much less when they have played less than 30 games so far.
But when your newsworthiness is directly linked to the outrageousness of your commentary, those are the kind of things you tend to say.
(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)