Magic had killer instinct, but he was a point guard, so he could kill you by forcing you to commit or finding the right teammate to break your heart, or doing it himself, that's pretty much what Magic's job was, he didn't break his role because it would have hurt the team if he just forced something up.
And yes Kareem DID kill teams with the same instinct that Michael and Kobe do, so I don't know where LeBron got that from.
Larry Bird didn't kill teams the same way???? Is he serious???
Duncan doesn't? Really??
I don't get what LeBron is getting at, he's trying to take player roles on the team and say "See they all killed teams differently. But it doesn't mean they don't have killer instinct."
First of all, Jordan, Bird, Kareem, Kobe ALL beat teams with that instinct and they did it by scoring on them, in big moments and breaking their heart. It was their jobs on their team, as primary scorer. Occasionally they'd make a pass to an open teammate because it would be a better shot than forcing it 4 on 1 but most of the time they'd be taking it.
Magic was the point guard, he could kill teams by taking a big shot but he could do it just the same by drawing defensive attention and finding a cutting teammate. When you have teammates like Magic did that's understandable, especially since he was the point guard.
Magic killed a team by playing 5 positions in his rookie year with no Kareem and winning in the finals.
To act like Magic couldn't have killed in the same ways with his instinct is ignorant, he never smiled when they were losing and was always trying to win by any means necessary and he could be a mean critter too if he needed to be.
So I have no idea the point LeBron is trying to make.. Is he trying to defend guys like Dwight Howard or something?
Let's not forget LeBron had to put away all the smiling and dancing and playful attitude too to win his first championship.
So the fact he acts like "oh I didn't have to kill like those other guys did"
Yes you did. Or you'd have never gotten past the Celtics, OKC, nor the Spurs last year.
This is another reason why it's very hard for me to like LeBron, he can say some of the stupidest things he doesn't even have to address and try to make his situation 'unique' when it really isn't. He had to put away the childish mindset and become the man and main killer on his team as he was the MAIN option or they wouldn't have won the championships they have, bottom line.
The fact that "Bird and Kareem" didn't kill in the same ways that Jordan and Kobe did is one of the most ignorant statements I've ever read come out of an individual's mouth.