Magic Johnson said at Michael Jackson’s memorial service that MJ “made me a better point guard”. Really, Magic? Here is a transcript of a training session Magic had with Jackson some time during the 1990s when Magic was at the Lakers.
MAGIC: Hey Michael, glad you could come down and teach me a few moves.
MICHAEL: You wanna be startin’ somethin’, ya got ta be startin’ somethin’!
MAGIC: Yes Michael, let’s get started, good idea. First I wanted to ask you about my perimeter shooting. What should I do if I’m struggling with my accuracy?
MICHAEL: Keep on with the force, don’t stop. Don’t stop ’til you get enough.
MAGIC: Okay, that’s good advice. How about when I go to the hoop and get pressure from my opponent, what do you think I should do?
MICHAEL: Just beat it, beat it! No one wants to be defeated.
MAGIC: Yes, but sometimes they shove me and disrespect me. What should I do about that?
MICHAEL: Show them how funky and strong is your fight. It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right.
MAGIC: But then I’ll get in foul trouble from the refs!
MICHAEL: If they say why, why… tell ’em that it’s human nature. Why, why, does he do me that way?
MAGIC: Right, so point the finger at the other guy. So if I get to the paint, do I take the dunk myself or do I pass it off to my big guys?
MAGIC: Aw come on man, I bet you never dunked a ball in your life.
MICHAEL: It ain’t… Don’t you… It ain’t too much for me!
MAGIC: Alright Michael, I’ve been having a few problems in the locker room with my team mates. They say I’ve been hogging the ball too much. What do you think?
MICHAEL: If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.
MAGIC: Thanks Michael, I think you really helped make me a better point guard. Hey man, me and the boys from the team are going to catch a movie, wanna come with?
MICHAEL: They’re out to get you, there’s demons closing in on every side. They will possess you unless you change the number on your dial. Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together. All thru the night I’ll save you from the terrors on the screen. I’ll make you see…
MAGIC: Yeah man, on second thought, maybe another time.