Magic Johnson opens up on comparisons to LeBron James
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has been impressed with what he’s seeing from LeBron James this season.
James not only leads the NBA in assists per game, but The King is playing like an MVP now that he’s healthy again and has the Lakers atop the Western Conference standings. Magic also broke down the similarities between his own playing style and LeBron’s given their status as 6-foot-8 point guards:
Magic Johnson on LeBron James and his “M-V-P” type season pic.twitter.com/YJunkn4QiJ
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 14, 2020
In his first season with the Lakers, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games while shooting 51.0 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line. The four-time MVP missed 17 consecutive games due to a groin injury he suffered on Christmas against the Golden State Warriors.
Had James not sustained that injury, the Lakers probably make the playoffs in 2018-19.
After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since his second year in the league, James sat back and heard all these pundits slander his name this past summer. As he always does, James took the high road and just focused on what he can control.
With Anthony Davis by this side this season, James has been a monster. He’s putting up 25.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.8 assists per game. The Lakers are 41-12. All signs point toward the Purple and Gold going on a deep playoff run with James and Davis leading the charge.
LeBron is once again an All-Star starter for Sunday’s All-Star Game. It should be fun to watch James put on a show at the United Center, the house which Michael Jordan built.