To Keep Three-Peat Hopes Alive, Lakers Must Look to the Past

2. Passion – Magic Johnson

His name says it all, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, when the ball was in his hands, magic happened. Considered by most to be the greatest Laker to ever live, Magic Johnson brought an unrivaled passion to the hardwood. He demoralized opponents with a flair for the dramatic. His transcendent game came with enthusiasm that lit up stadium’s both home and away. He loved to win, but he also loved to play the game. Magic let all his emotions out on the court, whether he was giving an over-zealous high five to a teammate, joking with coach Pat Riley on the sidelines, or flashing that famous smile from ear to ear after one of his signature no-look passes. When Magic stepped on the floor, you knew he would leave no questions about how hard he played.

It seems like these Lakers have lost their passion for the game. It looks like none of them are having any fun. Even Phil Jackson has said they need to loosen up a bit. Some say their tired, some say the Mavericks are just the better team; but if this squad can play with the passion and enthusiasm of Magic Johnson, they will put themselves in a much better place. Kobe and Co. need to inspire their game with the passion of the Magic Man.

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