In the world of sports there is always the debate of the greatest of all time.
- In Football it is often Joe Montana vs Tom Brady vs (insert your choice)
- In Baseball we hear Babe Ruth vs Ted Williams vs (insert your choice)
- In Hockey the conversation is Wayne Gretzky vs well, nobody as this one isn’t debated that often
What about in the world of Basketball?
Would your choice be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson?
While there are many other players that could and should be added to this debate of best basketball player, for the sake of this blog these are the two we are about to look at just a little closer.
If there was just one game to win and I had to select a star to win it, Michael Jordan would be the first player that comes to mind. Even Bugs Bunny selected Michael for Space Jam!
Why Michael? Because Michael Jordan could run his team up and down the floor for a full 48 minutes. Making three point shots as needed. Driving to the hoop whenever he wanted, or as he is best known, slamming the ball with some highlight footage that left everyone gasping.
Looking at Michael’s career he was a 10 time scoring champion and scored over 60 points in a game 5 times!
If there was ever a player to win you that one game, Michael was it! Magic Johnson on the other hand was a very different player.
Why Magic? He could also run his team up and down the floor for a full 48 minutes just like Michael could. That is where the similarities end though. While Michael was shooting, scoring and slamming, Magic was looking for the best opportunity on the court. Sometimes that meant that Magic was making shots and sometimes he was making passes that got the ball to the open player. Magic’s goal was making everyone around him better.
If you take a look at Magic’s career he was a 4 times assist leader and he holds the all-time record for highest career assists-per-game average.
These men are both among the greatest to play. They are also two very different players. If you had to pick the greatest of all time on the court you probably pick Jordan. The question is where are they today? Both of them remain in the public eye with their fame and their marketability.
Michael Jordan became the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and they have been an average to below average team since. Why? Because Michael is a doer. He puts everything on his back and says “follow me to victory.” This does not work for every situation that life puts in our path.
Magic on the other hand is one of the owners of the L.A. Dodgers and since he has taken over they have finished in 1st place in their division. Magic continues to bring talent to his team and assist in keeping his best players in place.
While you might take Michael Jordan for that one game, I will take Magic Johnson as a man that focused on the assists and making others around him better!
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