Magic Johnson Revealed the Exact Moment He Knew the Michael Jordan Era Had Commenced

Published 03/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


In the world of NBA, it is an inevitable tradition of the GOAT of one generation passing on the torch to the next when the time comes. Just like that, there was a point when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were the legends dominating the league, but only till Michael Jordan stepped on the court.

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In all fairness, most would agree that the Jordan era had begun as soon as he stepped on the court as a rookie. But Magic Johnson knew exactly when his time was up and the baton had already been passed to the Chicago Bulls superstar.

The 1991 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls

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In an interview with the Ringer’s Bakari Sellers, Magic recalled when he and his Lakers teammates were forced to open their eyes and realize that their time of dominating the league had ended. It was when the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. “Well, you know, it was easy to see when it hit,” started off Magic.

“When we played them in ’91 for the NBA Finals, he came up on the right side, coming down, Bakari. And he took off with the tongue out. We all jumped. We thought we had him. And in mid-air, he switched it to the left hand. Oh, Man! We said, ‘you know what, passing of the torch.’ And they beat us 4-1 in that series.”

“And when I went in after the game, after they beat us, I told him, it’s your turn now, it’s your time now. And sure enough, won three straight. Took off for baseball. Came back. Now, who else in the world could take a couple of years off, come back and win three more championships?” concluded Johnson.

Michael Jordan: The phenomenon that changed the NBA

Jordan’s presence brought immense popularity back to the league when he entered. Not only did he post big numbers every single night, but picked the Bulls out of their mediocrity and helped them achieve success.

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Although this didn’t happen in the first 7 years of his career. It was exactly after this Lakers vs Bulls match that turned things around for him and the Bulls. His reign of terror also ended the Detroit Pistons‘ strong hold of the Eastern Conference. to whom they had lost in the Eastern Conference Finals two consecutive times.

Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan playing against New York Knick # 20 Rolando Blackman at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Only when Jordan officially retired that other teams got the chance to win championships. It is true, nobody else can ever pull off what Michael Jordan did.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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