Los Angeles Lakers legend and current President of Basketball Operations has a statue of himself outside the Staples Center, home of the organization. Kobe Bryant, another legend of the franchise, thinks Johnson should get a second one.
While appearing on The Stephen A. Smith Show, Bryant noted that Johnson’s achievements for the franchise transcend his exploits on the hardwood, which obviously earned him a larger-than-live statue outside the arena. Even though Bryant does not currently have a statute of his own self at the arena yet, he thinks Johnson’s feats as a team owner and front office executive highlights his greatness.
“Think about this for a second. Magic was always my favorite player growing up. He wins five championships with the Lakers, right? And then he becomes an owner and wins five more. Then he steps away, comes back when he’s president of basketball operations and is influential in bringing LeBron James to L.A. I mean, they might have to get this dude another statue. What Magic is pulling off, man, it’s absolutely incredible.”
Bryant might have his wish someday, perhaps, if the Lakers are able to win multiple championships with LeBron wearing the purple and gold, and that would likely be after a statute with number 8 or 24 is erected outside the arena.