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He was the strongest athlete I’ve ever seen” - Magic Johnson on Michael Jordan’s crazy game routine

Magic believes MJ is the strongest athlete ever just because he could do so many things without affecting his game performance
Magic Johnson & Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan & Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan was a freak of nature; he did things others could only dream of, including Magic Johnson. The former L.A. Lakers legend claimed he couldn’t do what the 6-time champion could, and he was amazed by it in every possible way.

“He was the strongest athlete I’ve ever seen”

Fans were amazed at all the crazy things M.J. did on the court, but for those who have seen it up close, it was even crazier. Magic and MJ were teammates in the ‘92 Dream Team. In an interview published on the Club Shay Shay podcast, Johnson shared how Jordan was like no other player in the history of the game because of his game routine.

“He was the strongest, not basketball player, athlete I’ve ever seen.”

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Magic then shared how M.J. partied in clubs, smoked, went out to play golf, and slept little, then dominated the games by scoring 30 at halftime. The 5-time NBA champion revealed Mike invited him to hang out, but he refused, knowing how crazy things could get in Jordan’s world. Johnson said he needed his music, quiet time, and arrive three to four hours early at the venue to prepare for their games, which is a stark contrast to his friend MJ.

Everything worked out for Jordan

Those are the things that made M.J. who he is. If everyone could push themselves to the limit and still be productive on the floor, there would be no GOAT debate today. Magic mentioned that it all turned out okay for them both. He had a legendary and Hall-of-Fame career in his own right with his game routines.

Jordan needed to channel that extra energy into other things, and they kept his fire burning on the basketball court. He may have defied science by sleeping too little and functioning to the best of his abilities. Jordan set the standards high, and Kobe Bryant was the closest player to surpass that threshold. But even the Black Mamba couldn’t do what Mike had done. Bryant employed a strict routine in developing and improving his game. He almost made himself an outcast from his peers because he was too single-minded in perfecting his craft.

Having Jordan’s game routines wouldn’t be healthy in today’s game. He could do it and be successful because he was ahead of his time, and all these stories add to why he remains the GOAT for many fans. 

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