“We didn’t think about it ’cause that’s not what we were about,” Johnson said at Baruch College in New York, according to Bloomberg News. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”
This follows Michael Jordan’s comments echoing the same sentiments over the past weekend.
“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team,'” Jordan said after playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. The interview aired on the NBC telecast of the event. “But that’s … things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”
Johnson added on Tuesday: “It was never a question in our mind because nobody has ever done that.”
It is an interesting statement because it’s as if these greats are deeming the move by James, Bosh and Wade a cop out. Michael Jordan almost seems to be saying that he could win on his own and didn’t need to team up with another superstar to win championships. Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan also allude to a competitive fire that will not allow them to take an “easy” way out.