2008 Hillary Abdul-Jabbar
posted by January 21 at 9:53 AMon
Annie knows how to lobby. She alerted me to a Clinton ad that’s running in South Carolina.
In the ad, former NBA star Magic Johnson says:
This is Magic Johnson. On the court and in life, successful leadership comes from hard work and experience. Thatís why Iím endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. We have great candidates this year, but I believe only Hillary is a proven leader, with 35 yearsí experience dealing with challenges facing America. Are you looking for better jobs, universal health care, better treatment for veterans, opportunities for your children? Then you want Hillary Clinton for President. My rookie year, we won our first game on a last second shot. I was so hyped. But the captain of my team said, ďtake it easy rookie, itís a long season, itís a long road to the championship.Ē He was right. Winning comes from years of hard work and preparation. Whether itís winning championships or a President who can lead us back to greatness, Iíll always want the most prepared and experienced person leading my team. Thatís why Iím asking you to join me in voting for Hillary Clinton for President.
Wheeew boy. This ad is a fuck up. In addition to making an appeal to South Carolina’s Democrats (50% of the party’s primary voters are traditionally black voters) with a basketball player … Here’s the other problem: The Clinton camp is trying to cast Hillary as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the Team Captain that Johnson mentions) while casting Obama as the inexperienced Johnson.. Unfortunately, that last-second-shot Johnson reminds voters about? That’s an iconic moment in NBA history that anyone over 35 (most voters) remembers. Everyone forgets the shotówhich Jabbar hitóand remembers Johnson’s hugs and smiles.
The meaning of that moment? The changing of the guardówhen Magic replaced Jabbar in the public mind as the heart of the NBA.
As for “the road to the championship.” Well, here’s how Johnson’s rookie season ended:
the Lakers still had to travel to Philadelphia for a huge Game 6—without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Enter Magic Johnson, who may have played the greatest game of his career. On May 16, 1980, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, playing on the road, in Philadelphia, Magic (a 6’9” point guard) started the game at center and eventually played every position on the floor in a dominating performance. Scoring a game-high 42 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds—and handing out 7 assists—Magic Johnson led the Lakers to the NBA crown, stunning Julius Erving, the Philadelphia 76ers, and a national television audience who came to understand the moniker “Magic.”
Magic Johnson was named the 1980 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, though he appreciated Magic Johnson’s play as much as anyone, expressed disappointment that he, Kareem, had not received the Finals MVP award.
I’m a Hils fan, and an even bigger Kareem fan, and so I’m a little mortified at this bad play.