Magic Johnson on Clinton

Apparently Magic Johnson has come out in support of Hilary Clinton because of her decades of political experience as reported in the International Herald Tribune.

“You don’t want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics,” Johnson said Tuesday at a raucous rally in support of presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. “We want somebody in there that knows what they’re doing because this job is so huge.”

This is a bit ironic as he had a pretty good rookie year.  Not only did he win a NBA championship with his teammates, he won the MVP of the championship series, the only rookie to ever do that.  This is what is written about that series on NBA.com [emphasis added].

By the time the playoffs came, Abdul-Jabbar and the rest of the Lakers had caught Johnson’s enthusiasm, and they rode it to a Finals date against Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers. The teams split the first four games before Abdul-Jabbar suffered a sprained ankle in Game 5, which the Lakers somehow managed to win anyway 108-103. Abdul-Jabbar limped his way to 14 points down the stretch.

Game 6 looked like it would be a different story. When the team gathered at the airport for the flight to Philadelphia, Abdul-Jabbar stayed home. Not to worry, said Johnson, who boarded the plane and planted himself into Abdul-Jabbar’s customary front-row seat. He winked to coach Paul Westhead and then playfully announced to his teammates, : “Never fear, E.J. is here!”

Johnson’s confidence lifted his team’s spirits, and then he backed it up with one of the most remarkable games in NBA Playoff history. He began by jumping the opening tap in Abdul-Jabbar’s place, then went on to play every position on the floor at one time or another, from his customary point guard role to Abdul-Jabbar’s pivot spot. Johnson scored 42 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out 7 assists as the Lakers stunned the 76ers 123-107 to clinch the first of his five NBA championships.

After the game, he looked into the TV cameras and sent a message to Abdul-Jabbar back in his Bel-Air home: “This one’s for you, Big Fella!”

So a Laker’s fan might think that rookies aren’t that bad when looking at what Magic did in his rookie season.

-Josh

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