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Magic Johnson takes shots at LeBron James

October 17, 2011 | 12:15 pm

The LeBron James insults usually remain confined to NBA writers and message boards, particularly in this corner of the blogosphere.

The zero championships, the fourth-quarter collapses, the way he handled "The Decision" in going to Miami ... yeah, it's all been discussed ad nauseum, but make way for one prominent member to join in the fray. None other than the Lakers legend himself, Magic Johnson

"There's always going to be guys who win championships in the NBA, except LeBron," Johnson said at a recent appearance in Albany, N.Y., drawing lots of laughter. "Don't be mad. Everybody asks me who is better between Kobe or LeBron. I'm like, are you kidding me? Kobe has five championships and LeBron has zero."

Even though many Laker fans see Johnson as the greatest Laker of all time for his five NBA championships and Hollywood charisma, those same fans remain split on his commentary on ESPN. Some took offense to Johnson suggesting that Lakers owner Jerry Buss needed to "blow this team up." But as tired and lazy as the argument is that James' failure to win titles automatically means he isn't Bryant's equal, Laker fans obviously won't mind one bit that Johnson appears to be piling on. 

"I love you though, man," said Johnson, whose comments didn't have a mean-spirited tone. "I know you'll be better in the fourth quarter next year. I'm not hating on LeBron. He's a triple-double threat every single game, and he's going to get better."


Magic Johnson wishes he hadn't retired so early

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