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Readers react to what would have happened had Michael Jordan teamed with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

July 22, 2010 |  1:43 pm
Below the jump are the best answers on what readers think would happen if Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird had joined forces to create a super team. Of course, many shared skepticism that that actually would have happened.

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"What would have happened had Michael Jordan joined forces with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird? They'd have become SMALLER than they were..." -- Magic Phil

"The thing is Bird, Jordan and Magic were each better than LeBron, Wade or Bosh--especially in terms of competitive spirit. Bird, Jordan and Magic would probably have done fine together. The Heat? That's another issue." -- Jon K

"Magic, Bird or Jordan...WHO would have been the one to go to the others and say, "let's get together to win!"...Are you Crazy! Not one of them would have admitted they needed the others to win. They were competitors. They would never have asked and if Magic came to Jordan to ask him to join him, Jordan would have laughed at him and not even replied. Maybe James thinks he can solidify his legacy by running a string of championships that will be seen as a dynasty, but to me, that is a copout and sign of weakness." -- Charles

"What I find appalling is that in this analogy Bird and Magic is equal to Wade and Bosh. That is so not the case, even if you can consider Jordan is equal to LeBron before Jordan won anything (which is also not the case). LeBron is just a great player and not an iconic player. Even if he wins a few rings. That legacy he has re-written for himself." -- jq

"Depends on when MJ would have done it.... say in 1987. SuperTeam would have won 88, 89, 90, 91, 92... Bird & Magic Retire, MJ would hopefully still have Pippen, because if not, it would be rebuilding time... assuming he still has Pippen and the Bulls core, add in 93, skips 94 after father's murder, 95 getting back to the top... then the last 3peat of 96, 97, 98. So that would be 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98 = 9 titles at most; 5 titles at least. He won 6 as it was and gets all the glory to himself" -- Tim-4-Show

"MJ, MAGIC and BIRD, that would be a team from JUPITER, you play them together in one team, they will be out of this world for sure. It is exactly my point why I am excited about the Lebron/Wade/Bosh trio. I do not agree with the way the decison went down in ESPN, but what they have done is unprecendented. Someting new, something that has never been done before. It could take it to the next level. The evolution of the NBA has brought more and more Superstars, great players from around the world. Which means with more greater talent availabale SUPERTEAMS will be formed, unlike before." -- Staples 24

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"What would the NBA picture look like if the Dream 3 played together...

"1. The NBA would have not been saved by the Magic/Bird rivalry...

"2. MJ would not have the legacy he enjoys today...He probably has 6 rings also, but probably not have 6 Finals MVP...

"3. The NBA would have been boring, with the Dream 3 beating everyone, and goes on to string 5-7 rings in a row...The NBA would not have the fan base it enjoys today...

"4. The next chapters of the storied Lakers vs Boston rivalry, never happens...No McHale clothsline of Rambis, no Magic baby hook in game 6, no celebrating winning a championship and breaking the curse, on the Gahden parquet floor...

"5. The current Championship total of today of Lakers 16 and Celtics 17 would be different with the Dream 3 winning 6-8 of those...

"6. The only rivalry would have been Dream3 vs the rest of the league...

"7. The Spurs would not have their 4 titles...

"8. No Converse commercials for Bird and Magic...

"9. No McDonalds commercial between MJ and Bird...

"10. I probably would not be the Laker Fan I am today...

"Just for the purpose of what we would have lost if the Dream 3 played together, would make that scenario UNACCEPTABLE...

"It's like saying, what if the Mayflower landed in Nova Scotia, Canada instead of Plymouth, Massachusetts... There would be no USA today..." -- LEWSTRS

"First off, mj, bird, and magic played on championship teams. Secondly each already knew how to win. I doubt that they were friends that Hung out at clubs together. They just respected one another. It's just frustrating to me that people would actually compare them to non hall of famers, let alone non champions (except wade)" -- al

"Remember the 'Dream Team' USA olympic squad? That is what the real big 3 would have done to the NBA...absolutey crushed the competition. Can you Imagine Magic breaking down the D, going coast to coast and setting up Bird and MJ? Freakin scary. Then look at the LeBron led USA dream team taking 3rd...no comparison." -- hawaii D

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"I don't think you can compare any of the Heat's 3 superstars to Magic/Bird/MJ who are 3 of the 4 best players EVER. People don't remember that Magic was considered a choker based on his stinker in '84 as well as a coach-killer. MJ was considered a rich man's Dominique Wilkins until Pippen and Grant came aboard and Bird was part of his own Big 3. We won't really know how good or bad Miami's superfriends are until their careers are over. That being said, if you put Magic,Bird, and MJ on the same team, you would certainly CRUSH everyone with Magic at PG, MJ at SG, and Bird at SF but without a decent 4 or 5, they would have still had problems as I believe the league had better basketball players at that time. Who is gonna guard Kareem, Ewing, Hakeem, Robinson, or any of the great centers that played at that time. Basketball requires 5 players and even if you have 3 superstars, they could not play all 5 positions. Give the Heat time to either succeed or fail before you judge them but at least give them credit for controlling their destiny." -- HoopsJunkie

"We live in different times now. Magic and Bird were ruvals in college for godsakes. Of course they woul never want to be on the same team. And Jordan was just a killer who would never ever do what these guys did. The biggest thing to think about here though is those guys played in LA, CHI and BOS and had hall of game talent around them. Magic had Kareem, Worthy, Scott, Rambis. Bird had McHale, Parish, Dennis Johnson and we all know MJ had Pippen, Kerr, Horace Grant. Not to mention Pat Riley and Phil Jackson were coaches of those teams. You cant blame these guys for wanting to leave Cleveland and Toronto. I think we should all hold the criticism until we find out what these guys can accomplish together. If they can say at the end of their careers that their team was better then those lakers, celtics or bulls it will be well worth the criticism." -- Sam

"If Jordan, Bird, and Magic teamed up together, none of them would be the great NBA icons they are today. Yes, they probably would've won a championship every season they played together, but they wouldn't mean as much as the championships each won separately." -- LReyes

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Photos, from top: Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Credit: Los Angeles Times. The Lakers' Johnson and the Celtics' Danny Ainge, left, exchange words while Larry Bird tries to settle things down during the 1987 NBA Finals. Credit: Los Angeles Times. Johnson drives to the basket to score over the Celtics' Bird and Kevin McHale during the 1985 NBA Finals. Credit: Los Angeles Times. Michael Jordan already had a strong supporting cast in Chicago, where he won six championships. Credit: Steve Wilson / Reuters

-- Mark Medina

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