Magic Johnson has nothing but admiration and support from Kobe Byrant.
Laker fanbase has been striking out signing a big name free agent summer after summer. Magic Johnson went on record saying if he didn’t sign a big name free agent he would retire. Then the HOF signed Lebron James and made the Lakers instantly relevant again.
Kobe was on The Stephen A. Smith Show and had nothing but praise for Magic.
“Think about this for a second,” said Bryant. “Magic was always my favorite player growing up. He wins five championships with the Lakers, right? And then he becomes an owner and wins five more. Then he steps away, comes back when he’s president of basketball operations and is influential in bringing LeBron James to L.A. I mean, they might have to get this dude another statue. What Magic is pulling off, man, it’s absolutely incredible.”
James signed a four-year $154 million max contract which shows his commitment to Magic’s vision. In his second stop in Cleveland James only signed two-year deals with the option to opt out.