Magic Johnson, Lakers great, says that a Slam Dunk contest that featured three legends three decades ago topped his list of the best-ever.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson was part of history on NBA All Star Saturday night when he was one of the five judges that rated the dunks of Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon in an instant classic.
Johnson was part of an All Star cast of judges – including Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, George Gervin, and Dikembe Mutombo – who had a hard time in judging two great dunkers.
But if anyone would try to ask Magic Johnson, he would not rate this year’s dunk contest as the best, but would instead go back into the 1980s when three basketball legends shared the floor in a legendary “passing of the torch” moment:
Johnson referred to the 1988 contest in Chicago featuring the duel between Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan, then the 1985 contest where Wilkins, Jordan, and an aging “Dr. J” Julius Erving – who invented the free throw line dunk – competed alongside each other.
Additionally, Johnson lauded Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in his epic performance by giving Zach LaVine a run for his money. He said that he would be thrilled to see both players bring the house down in Charlotte, which happens to be Michael Jordan territory.
But with a slew of highlight reel dunks like these, maybe Magic should reconsider his answer and give the young studs a chance to win over his favor: