Did Magic Johnson Tweet LeBron James Backhanded Compliment After NBA Finals?

by NESN Staff

June 20, 2016

Magic Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players ever, but no one considers him the best. LeBron James, on the other hand, is a different story.

The narrative is fierce and stubborn on whichever side of the fence you’re on, but James’ supporters have been saying he’s better than Michael Jordan — most often regarded as the greatest player ever — since before he won a championship.

As of Sunday night, James has three, and three very impressive titles at that.

So, naturally, Johnson congratulated James.

But then there was this.

Maybe we’re reading too far into this, and the other tweets help give it more context. But this certainly seems like a bit of a backhanded compliment if there’s ever been one — “Hey, welcome to the club. Just remember your place, kid.”

Then again, LeBron shouldn’t care even if it is a backhanded compliment.

It’s always been him versus Jordan, not Magic. And Sunday night simply reinforced that.

Thumbnail photo via Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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