In a candid and revealing interview, Lakers icon Magic Johnson recently shared the deeply emotional experience he went through after his team’s loss to the Celtics in the 1984 NBA Finals.
Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, expressed how he shouldered the responsibility for the defeat, leading to three months of relentless tears during that fateful summer.
Reflecting on that challenging period, Johnson told Jalen Rose (h/t Jesse Cinquini of Lakers Daily), “This was the first time I made critical mistakes for us to lose that championship. So I cried, Jalen, for three months, all summer I cried because I let my teammates down.
“I was the reason why we lost the championship. But the first thing I had to do, Jalen, was identify and say to myself, ‘I’m not as good as I thought I was.'”