Quite surprisingly, Michael Jordan has conceded his place at the top of one specific NBA category: influence.
In the first episode of a new documentary series titled “They Call Me Magic,” the Bulls legend revealed that it is Magic Johnson, not himself, who really changed the NBA.
(via Variety’s Selome Hailu)
Jordan said in the episode, “Everybody wants to credit Michael Jordan for changing the NBA, but when Magic Johnson came in, that’s where the game changed.” .
Magic Johnson was humbled by Jordan’s words. He replied by saying, “I was up there laughing and almost crying at the same time, hearing my family talk, hearing Larry Bird, and when Michael said what he said, which was really amazing. We had never heard that from Michael, for him to say that everybody thought he had turned the league around but that I was a big part of that.”
Lakers Legend Magic Johnson Is Releasing His ‘They Call Me Magic’ series On April 22nd On Apple TV+
The new series is, obviously, an ode to Lakers great Magic Johnson, who accepts he drew inspiration from “The Last Dance,” which debuted in 2020.
“The reason we did it is because when Michael did ‘The Last Dance,’ my phone just started ringing,” the former Los Angeles Laker said in a post-screening discussion. “They said, ‘When are you coming out with yours?’ And we got some great investors, great partners, great producers, and they really took it to another level.”
Magic, who played 13 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, is widely revered as the greatest point guard who ever played the game. He retired as a 12x All-Star, 3x MVP, and 5x Champion. He helped to give the league a face during a time when viewership and popularity of the league was still finding its feet.
In “They Call Me Magic,” we can expect his decorated career, life, and impact on the game itself to be celebrated by the fans, media, and the GOAT himself, Michael Jeffrey Jordan.