These are Magic Johnson highlights.
I submit it as evidence towards my plea for everyone to stop making Magic-LeBron comparisons.
Because that’s what everyone did over the summer: “LeBron is just Magic 2.0.” “He’ll pass first, average a triple-double, and maybe even invent a baby hook.” “He’s more Magic then Michael anyway.”
As if there were some comically binary talent switch he could flip in the locker room that gives him the infectious pass first mentality that Magic always had.
To be clear LeBron is a great player, no question. He has insane court vision for his size. Better than any point-forward ever. That does not make him akin to one of the two greatest point guard in the history of the NBA.
Magic was a 6-9 phenom who could weave a game together while forgetting to take one shot. He pushed the ball down the other teams throat. He knew the stat line of every player on his team, knew their spots, and got them layups. They pointed back to him after a bucket because they knew enough to thank its creator.
Plus he loved to pass. He made a bounce pass into Kareem look as amazing as a half court no-look to Worthy.
LeBron pounds the ball. He walks it up most every possession. He calls for a pick, and if he makes a pass it’s usually out of a double team. His assists come off elbow jump shots by Big Z or Haslem where no one else touches the ball. If we’re talking point guards, that’s not Magic Johnson. That’s Stephon Marbury.
Whatever the right fit is eventually for the Miami Heat the “LeBron as a Magic Johnson-like facilitator” model appears a miscalculation. One of many by this team since those heady days of summer.