August is a time when NBA fans begin to lose their minds a bit as there’s far too many slow days in the news cycle to allow minds to wander. A visit to reddit’s r/nba on a random August day will lead you to posts like this, questioning the feasibility of Shaq using a normal sized toilet.
It also becomes peak season for list arguing, in which people come up with lists of the X-best players or teams or whatever else and use that as a launching pad for hours or even days long arguments to pass the time. On Tuesday, Magic Johnson saw list Twitter was poppin’ so he decided to give them what they crave with three non-basketball lists of the 60 best movies of all-time, places to travel, and athletes turned entrepreneurs.
The best part is that he numbered them, but instead of them being ranked they are all just in alphabetical order — except for the top of the movies list where he was sure to put The Godfather at number 1.
In honor of my 60th birthday tomorrow, I put together a few lists of top favorites. First up, top 60 films: pic.twitter.com/cJDIAZirRO
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 13, 2019
The list is, objectively, pretty good and quite eclectic, touching on all manner of genres. Being an L.A. guy, Magic clearly has spent some time at the movies and likes himself some comedy, drama, action, and even an old western in his life. There are some inclusions that may surprise some, such as xXx, which, I mean, it’s classic Vin Diesel but not many would have it on their best movies of all-time list. He also has the original Shaft along with the recent Shaft release, as he’s just a big fan of both.
This is exactly why Magic quit his job with the Lakers, so he could fire off tweets like these and we appreciate him for it. Also, the door is always open if you’d like to bring your movie takes into written form here on Uproxx dot com, Magic.
UPDATE: Magic then ranked the 60 best TV shows and it is, truly, a remarkable list.
One could maybe justify putting PTI on a list like this because it revolutionized sports television, but having First Take is a truly stupendous take. We at Dime/Uproxx love the work of the greatest to ever do it, Stephen A. Smith, but that is, to steal one of SAS’s favorite words, preposterous.
He’s also a big fan of daytime court television, not just daytime sports talk television, with Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, and The People’s Court all on his top 60. I love that Ballers made the cut, which means he has a show with The Rock and a movie with Vin Diesel on his list, which means we aren’t far off from him just live-tweeting the entire Fast & Furious franchise one weekend.