Magic Johnson is a happy man right now.
While the Los Angeles Lakers may be having one of their worst years in franchise history, his alma mater is currently enjoying a highly successful season.
On Sunday, Michigan State University defeated Louisville to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
After the team’s stunning victory, Magic, who played for the Spartans from 1977-79, tweeted that Michigan State’s head coach, Tom Izzo, is “the best coach in college basketball.”
Later, Magic was asked by reporters whether this run by Michigan State would validate Izzo’s candidacy for the basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s too bad that it has to validate it, because he should’ve been in before this,” Johnson said. “But if this doesn’t show everybody that he’s the best coach in college basketball … he should definitely be in the Hall of Fame [right now].
“To take a team like this [to the Final Four – other coaches] can’t do that. He’s a master. At this time of year, there’s nobody better than him. That’s why we love him and he gets the best and the most out of every single guy.”
The Spartans will now face Mike Krzyzewski and Duke on Saturday in Indiana as the two teams fight for a place in the NCAA championship game next Monday.