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Michael Jordan Had Advice For Magic Johnson: NBA World Reacts

Michael Jordan interviewed during the NBA Finals

10 Jun 1997: Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls speaks reporters during a practice before a playoff game against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Magic Johnson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's show on Thursday night and told a classic story about Michael Jordan.

Back in 1996, following Johnson's return to full-time playing after his HIV diagnosis, he and the Lakers played the Bulls in the regular season. Following the game, Jordan pulled Johnson aside.

“Michael, after that game, he pulled me aside — I don’t think I’ve ever told anybody this,” Johnson said. “He met me in between the locker rooms, and he said, ‘Earvin, you have to remember now, you’re not with Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], you’re not with James Worthy. All the guys you used to play with, Showtime, are not on that Laker team anymore. So remember, maybe you should think about retiring.”

That's a classic MJ story.

“What a sick person,” Kimmel said. “What a sick individual.”

NBA fans have reacted on social media.

"Lebron would’ve told him to keep playing," one fan joked.

"This is why Michael Jordan is the greatest nba player," another fan joked.

"The so called goat was scared. Magic went to the Finals without Kareem, Cooper, Rambis and Pat Riley. Also, Worthy and Scott were hurt! Magic was on a whole other level than Jordan. Hands down!" another fan added.

Johnson, though, ended up taking Jordan's advice, retiring after the season.