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Magic Johnson thanked Kevin Durant for calling him the ‘first major superstar’ in the NBA.

Durant had a discussion during his podcast and emphasized on how much Magic Johnson affected the game.

“They don’t realize, as far as having an individual brand in the NBA, a new league at the time, Magic was the first guy to be a national brand at the time, then MJ came after.

That kind of started the trend with guys, and basketball being a global sport because of guys like Magic being a pioneer. He meant a lot to the game, I can’t wait to watch that doc… Especially after the Last Dance, I know a lot of docs will be competing with it,” Durant said, via Essentially Sports.

For his part, Magic Johnson spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was a multiple-time All-Star, three-time MVP, and five-time NBA champion.