Social media, fans and others felt that this expression was beneath him, including Charles Barkley. He always has something to say, and true to form he expressed his disappointment with Magic's statement on Inside the NBA on NBA on TNT:
“Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.”
“The Lakers weren’t going to win with Phil Jackson, either, Ernie. They don’t have good players. … We know Phil Jackson’s arguably the greatest coach ever. The Lakers don’t have players, Ernie. They’re not a good team. Kobe Bryant is one of the 10 greatest players ever. He’s never going to be what he was. They don’t have good players. I’m not sure if Phil Jackson really wanted that job. The Lakers stink, and they’re going to stink.”
Alrighty then! Well given the Lakers bad history I can understand how Magic, who takes the Lakers personally, would feel about some fundamental changes coming to the team. Still, as a sports analyst and personality, I think Barkley has a point.
What do you think?
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