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Throwback Thursday: Magic Starts At Center In Game 6 Of 1980 Finals Reviewed by Momizat on . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au7WJbus5BM For this throwback Thursday, we look back to one of the greatest moments in Laker History. With the Lakers leading th http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au7WJbus5BM For this throwback Thursday, we look back to one of the greatest moments in Laker History. With the Lakers leading th Rating: 0
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Throwback Thursday: Magic Starts At Center In Game 6 Of 1980 Finals

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For this throwback Thursday, we look back to one of the greatest moments in Laker History. With the Lakers leading the Philadelphia 76ers 3-2 in the series, the team headed to Philadelphia in hopes of ending the series. Unfortunately for the Lakers, season MVP Kareem Abdul Jabbar was forced to stay in Los Angeles because of a badly sprained ankle. Kareem had been the Lakers star player that season averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds in the postseason.

However, Kareem’s injury opened the door for the next Laker legend to take center stage. Earvin “Magic” Johnson bravely stepped up and agreed to play center for the injured Kareem. Magic was a rookie from Michigan State, coming off a national championship a season ago.

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Magic was in the midst of a stellar rookie postseason, averaging almost a triple double at 18 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. However, nobody could have foreseen what Magic would accomplish during that game.

Standing at 6′ 10″, Johnson was a huge point guard with magnificent vision, however, his size allowed him to slide over to center and cause matchup problems for the Sixers. Magic would go on to have his best game as a Laker with a 42 point, 15 rebound and seven assist game to lead the Lakers to their seventh championship, and first since 1972.
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Nick is currently a Lakers Nation intern and a sophomore at USC. From the Los Angeles Area, Nick grew up an avid Lakers and Trojan fan. He has written for the Daily Trojan, covering a variety of Trojan athletics. Nick is glad to share his passion for the purple and gold with the fellow Lakers Supporters! Follow Nick on twitter: @nsbarbarino

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  • corky carroll

    THE GREATEST EVER. Loved that big cheshire cat grin coming down the court, big game james on the left and michael cooper on the right…….. its SHOWTIME. Love that dude. Wish we could find another one like that. And that game was incredible…… as I remember during the game he played all 5 positions at one point or another. WHO CAN DO THAT???????

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