Even though Magic Johnson no longer holds a formal role with the Los Angeles Lakers, the legendary point guard still has a vested interest in his former franchise’s ongoing success.
And with LeBron James at the helm, it’s safe to say the purple and gold are in good hands.
“Right now — this season — he’s playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play,” Johnson said of the 34-year-old superstar. “You know, LeBron can see the floor. He’s a special player.”
Fourteen games into his 17th season in the league and his second with the Lakers, James has averaged 25 points per night and a league-leading 11.1 assists per game. Should his passing prowess continue throughout the season, it would mark the first time in his acclaimed career that his average assists per game has hit double digits.
“He’s scoring and putting up 25 points a night but also he’s leading the league in assists,” Johnson said. “Eleven assists — he’s just awesome. He’s doing his thing.”
With six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis signing on with Los Angeles this offseason, James’ squad has dominated the competition to the tune of an NBA-best 12-2 record on the season. And even though Johnson abruptly resigned his post as the franchise’s president of basketball operations after the conclusion of last season, he’s undoubtedly happy to see the new-look Lakers in peak form.