Pat Riley calls Magic Johnson 'the best ever'

Pat Riley calls Magic Johnson 'the best ever'

Johnson's Lakers were more than just a flash in a pan, they were an era of basketball greatness in the 1980s who brought the run-and-gun style into popularity behind Magic, who was a 6-foot-9 ball distributor like no one had seen.

Pat Riley: You want to go down and shoot the game of threes, try (putting) someone on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Vegas oddsmakers say they would favor the 2017 Warriors over the 1996 Bulls, though, previously the team most widely considered to be the "best ever". So I never really understand that, nor do I get off into it.

But Julius Erving thinks his 1983 championship 76ers team with Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, Billy Cunningham, Maurice Cheeks, and Bobby Jones could beat Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and company. "And we could've won".

According to Riley, "the greatest player of all time" is none other than Magic. When asked who would win in the fictional matchup, Johnson displayed ultimate confidence in his team and said the Lakers would sweep the Warriors.

"We would say, 'We would have ran them off that gym, ' " Green said.

"I don't think either one of them is out here playing in this Finals for the title of the best player in the world", he said". I'm going to be wearing them out. [Johnson] could've scored 30 points a game if he wanted to. I mean, same mold.

The NBA has also made it more hard to play physical defense, another reason teams have gone smaller, and it's likely that the Lakers would have their collective hands full with the Warriors' array of scoring options.

"We don't bring up past year in terms of strategy, in terms of sort of what we need to do better or here or there", Kerr said.

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