Magic Johnson Rips His Rival Celtics, But Perhaps He Should Look At The Lakers, Too?

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Former Laker and NBA great Magic Johnson tended to hate the Boston Celtics during his illustrious playing career in which he led the Lakers to five NBA championships in 1980, ’82, ’85, ’87 and ’88. There were none sweeter than when Magic beat Larry Bird and the Celtics for titles in 1985 and ’87, avenging the NBA title loss to Boston in 1984.

Boston Celtics Quit

But Johnson watching his former rival get embarrassed by Miami, 128-102, on Sunday to fall behind, 3-0, in the NBA Eastern Conference finals hurt. Mainly because the Celtics clearly looked like they quit – something Magic did not see throughout his playing days.

“If they’re going to quit, embarrass them,” TNT analyst Reggie Miller said during the game. And that’s what happened.

Former Laker Magic Johnson knows plenty about the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images).

The favored and No. 2 seed Celtics have to beat No. 8 seed Miami Tuesday (7:30 p.m., TNT) in Miami to avoid a sweep.

Johnson had more tweets about the loss.


Johnson, though, may need to look at his former team as well. The Lakers are also 0-3 in the NBA Western Conference finals against Denver. The Nuggets are one win away from breaking a franchise-long curse against the Lakers.

Denver is 0-6 against the Lakers in NBA Playoffs history and have never made the NBA Finals.

Denver Can Take Series Monday

That could change Monday night in Los Angeles (8:40 p.m., ESPN). Magic will be watching, but will he be tweeting?

Johnson has been active on twitter through the playoffs. He apologized to Denver fans after trash talking before the Nuggets took a 3-0 lead Los Angeles.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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