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Magic Johnson compares the Showtime Lakers and Warriors

Magic Johnson

Some of the best dynasties in NBA History have been the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of the ’50s and ’60s, the Showtime Lakers of the ’80s, Jordan’s Bulls of the ’90s and most recently possibly the newest one in the making the Golden State Warriors of this era.

They are on their way as they have won 3 out the last 4 championships, have recorded 3 60+ win seasons and broke the record for most wins in a season with 73. And it looks like they don’t plan to stop there, as all of their stars are still in their prime and ready to win more. But NBA Legend and Lakers President Magic Johnson think they still have a way to go.

In a recent interview Magic shared his thoughts on the Golden State Warriors and how they compare with his “Showtime Lakers” (via The Washington Post):

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It’s an achievement to win 73 games, no question, but that doesn’t mean that Jordan’s Bulls teams weren’t as good as that team or my [1980s Lakers teams] weren’t as good. The Warriors are in the discussion, but think about the runs we had — Jordan winning six, us winning five. We dominated a whole decade. The Warriors haven’t done that yet. You have to do those types of things to be the greatest team of all time to me.

In Magic’s opinion, he thinks that the 1986-1987 Season was the year his Lakers peaked and reached their maximum potential. That year they won 65 games, won their 4thtitle in the decade and had a 115.6 offensive rating which was the best in history until the 2017 Warriors tied it.

That 1987 team stacked up with all of them. The starters were so dominant, and our bench was the best bench in basketball. Because of the run-and-gun pace that we played at, Golden State’s teams now mirror our teams more than the Bulls because Michael and them didn’t play fast. We were sitting on the bench in the third quarter and didn’t have to play a lot of fourth quarters because we were so good.

That year Magic was 27, as he was playing the best basketball of his career, leading the league in assists, earning All-NBA First Team awards and winning the MVP award for the first time. He also won Finals MVP, as he beat Bird’s Celtics in 6 games, averaging 26.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 13 assists.

So if the Warriors want to be put into the conversation with the great dynasties in the history of the NBA, they have to continue with their success. But so far they are on a pretty good way

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