Tobias Funke wrote: Cleansed wrote:
Re: the 1:34 mark of this video "Now he might be 2nd but this gon' always be my town."
..INTERESTING and revealing .
I'm not saying that Magic isn't correct re: LA being his town but i find it a very rare insight into Magics perspective regarding his place in LA. This suggest to me that the issues that many speculated existing between Kobe and Magic (that were based upon Ego and legacy) are true.
and as he said...Magic wasn't laughing when he said that
In regards to this, he also said after we beat Boston that Kobe was now his equal, and #6 would put him at the top.
That's always going to be a completely subjective topic, but I agree with Magic on this one.
For me, Kobe might eventually go down as the "Greatest Laker Ever" when all is said and done based on what he accomplishes on the court, but I don't know that he'll ever top Magic's "place in LA", if that makes sense.
Basically, simply due to their respective personality types and the time periods they happen to burst on the scene, I don't know if ANYONE could top Magic's standing in this town. He & Bird basically saved the NBA and began the revival that Jordan continued to make this arguably the 2nd largest sports league in the country. Magic's also always been the constantly smiling charismatic guy while Kobe is the scowling rip-your-heart-out killer on the court. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but it's easy to see which would appeal to more of the public.
Also, throw in Magic's prominent role with the Dodgers as well as all the businesses he has all around the city, and it'd be extremely difficult to see anyone top his overall place in LA as a whole. And that's no knock on Kobe.