Today, we remembered the King of Pop at the poignant Michael Jackson Memorial. During that ceremony, Lakers legends Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson spoke about M.J. It was nice to see Kobe speak on behalf of my generation, a generation that was reared by the fully arrived King of Pop. But what was really amazing was seeing Magic, no stranger to tragedy himself, speak about his friend and a family he had known for 30 years.
What stood out to me? Magic calling Mike his idol. I really found it interesting that an entertainer motivated him to become a better point guard. I guess we all can relate to that, as our sports idols often motivate us to be better at what we do. That also shows just how great Jackson truly was. I mean, when the Magic Johnson calls you his idol and says he looks up to you, that’s really something.
Of course, the story about him going over to M.J.’s crib for dinner was also a highlight of this speech. How hilarious is it that Magic got a chef-prepared gourmet chicken meal and Mike got a bucket of KFC? I literally lost it when I heard Magic talk about that. Dude even said it was “the best moment of my life.” Pretty sure you shared those with people like your wife and Kareem, but I’m sure it was right up there.
The biggest thing I took away from this is a better understanding of the scope of Michael Jackson’s death. The loss even hit Laker Nation hard.
Here’s the video of the Lakers two biggest stars remembering M.J.:
Also, check out this video where Kobe says M.J. was misunderstood. Good stuff.