“The Only Guy”: Magic Johnson’s Emotional LeBron James Claim That Unsettled Michael Jordan Fans

Published 09/14/2021, 10:53 AM EDT


No matter where he has played, LeBron James has caused a storm in the NBA. Whether it has been for the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers or now with the Lakers, James is a menacing threat in attack. Considering he has now been in the league for close to 20 years, his longevity makes him one of the greatest to ever play the sport. And fellow legend Magic Johnson also seemed to believe the same thing.

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The glittering NBA career of LeBron James

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

In 2003, a young player from Ohio made his debut in the league, for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his very first outing, LeBron amassed almost 21 points on average. As the seasons went on, this prospect only got better and better. His best season came in 2005-06, when he managed to accumulate 31.4 points on an average in the regular season. After leaving Cleveland for Miami, he returned to his former club in 2014.

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All along the way, James has been an irreplaceable asset and a vital cog in his teams. With unmatched ball handling skills, physical ability and accuracy, he has staked his claim as one of the greatest basketball stars in history. His magnificent qualities have earned him 4 NBA crowns, 4 NBA Finals MVP awards, and 17 NBA All-star appearances. If we did not mention it enough, his numbers speak for themselves. And now, he is preparing for his 19th season in America’s top flight.

Magic Johnson makes bold LeBron claim over Michael Jordan

Johnson is a former Laker and a 12-time All-star himself. He thus knows what it takes to be at the topmost level in the league. The 62-year-old has witnessed many greats of the game in action, including the likes of Bulls legend Michael Jordan. However, in a recent interview, Magic Johnson referred to LeBron as the ‘only guy’ who is capable to achieve something.

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“I wanna congratulate you for what you do for kids,” said Johnson to LeBron. “Not only here in Miami but also in Akron [as an inspiration]. Now LeBron, and I’m serious too, I’ve seen everybody play. You are the only guy I think that can become the greatest that has ever played this game.”

Michael Jordan playing baseball for the Birmingham Barrons in the Arizona Fall League, early 1994 (Photo by Scott Clarke/WireImage)

This bold claim made by the great Magic Johnson may come as a surprise to many, particularly fans of Jordan. Nonetheless, James has also built an empire that keeps him in contention in the debate. Do you agree with what Johnson claimed?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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