Chicago Bulls: Magic Johnson

Magic: Bulls are best team in East

July, 14, 2014
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By Staff
ESPNChicago.com
LeBron James has made the Cleveland Cavaliers relevant again, but Magic Johnson believes the Chicago Bulls are the best team in the East.



The Bulls lost out on Carmelo Anthony, who elected to re-sign with the New York Knicks, but they did land former Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, who tweeted Saturday that he will join the Bulls.

Michael Jordan, LeBron Jordan, Magic JohnsonUS Presswire, Getty ImagesLeBron's title team was better than Michael Jordan's and Magic Johnson's teams -- on paper.

For some, the natural instinct last June was to slap an asterisk on the Miami Heat's NBA championship. After all, it came in a lockout-shortened 66-game campaign, plus LeBron James and company didn't defeat one of the league's traditional glamour franchises -- namely, the Los Angeles Lakers -- in the Finals. In fact, at one point they were in a 2-1 hole against the Roy Hibbert-led Indiana Pacers, and were also pushed to the brink of elimination by the ancient Boston Celtics (an ill-timed injury to Chris Bosh didn't help in either regard). Their 16-7 record along the way to the title ranked just 40th out of the NBA's 63 all-time champions.

By most measures, then, the 2012 Heat were hardly among the most dominating title-winners in league history. Yet, at the same time, they might have been right up there with the most talented champs ever.

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Video: Happy birthday, MJ

February, 17, 2012
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Lakers legend Magic Johnson wishes Michael Jordan a happy birthday and remembers what it was like playing against His Airness.


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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.2 3.3 1.7 38.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 12.1
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.7
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1