Magic Johnson and the Lineage of NBA Youngsters' Idols Growing Up

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Magic Johnson and the Lineage of NBA Youngsters' Idols Growing Up
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The father of three generations of idols.

All lineages need have a common ancestor.  This particular lineage of NBA players will feature Magic Johnson as that ancestor.

There is a lineage of players idolizing one another stretching over three generations, but all of them originate at Magic Johnson.

There have been far too many to pay homage to Michael Jordan, and though M.J. was the idol of all idols, it is interesting taking note of the lineage of players that spawned off of Magic's game.  

Primarily because these guys are in the top tier of all-time players as well.

Magic's game was transcendental, and it led to many different positions of players desiring to develop his strong pass-first instinct with the pure mentality of a scorer.  Magic brought a delicate balance to the point guard position and did indeed play many other positions. 

It made Magic the ideal role model for both Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, both of whom became idols for the next generation.

There's just something to be said for being a versatile and freak-of-nature point guard.  Magic's size made him an ideal role model for big men who thought they had more to offer than playing just around the basket. He had the size of a 4-man with the skill set of a guard, and KG often shows signs of that.  

Kobe, meanwhile, just adopted a little of all the greats, but he said his primary influence was Magic.

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