â†µKobe rehabilitated himself with two seasons of unselfishness, some flashes of real personality, an MVP, and now a title. Jackson had to die to come anywhere close to clearing his name. â†µ
â†µWith Magic, who spoke second, the connection's not nearly as heavy. Magic and the Showtime Lakers epitomized 1980's ball at its most dynamic and infectious, just like Jackson when he was on top of the world. Johnson's said before that Michael was the musician who most influenced his play on the court; today, he took it a step further, claiming that Jackson made him a better point guard by setting such a high bar for showmanship and entertainment. But the most memorable moment had to be when Magic, who used to light off firecrackers with the lesser Jacksons, went to eat dinner with The King. The personal chef came around, Magic ordered the grilled chicken, and Michael ... well, watch the video. Magic Johnson may have done more than anyone else in America to make us believe that Jackson was a human being.
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