Ice Cube On LeBron: There's One Thing He Has To Do

LeBron might not match Magic or Kobe, but he can't be Elgin Baylor

Tiki and Tierney
June 19, 2019 - 7:03 pm

When it comes to Lakers fans and the love they have for Laker legends, LeBron James might never become Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant. But he could still be loved.

He just has to do one thing.

“He gotta bring a chip,” Ice Cube said in studio on Tiki & Tierney. “Bring a chip. That’s one thing he gotta do. He’s not going to be Elgin Baylor, who just spent years doing great numbers and being a Laker for a long, long time.”

Baylor played for the Lakers from 1958 to 1971. He was an 11-time All-Star, a 10-time All-NBA first-teamer, and played in eight NBA Finals. But he never won a championship.

“(LeBron) has three years – or more if he wants to play more for the Lakers – to bring a chip, and he won’t have any problems,” Ice Cube said. “He won’t have any issues. It’s the standard out there if you want to be beloved forever and ever and ever. But we love all of our Lakers. All of our ex-Lakers, we give love. Samaki Walker could come back and get a little love.”

Walker played for the Lakers for two seasons and was a member of the 2002 championship team.

“If you wear the purple and gold, we’re going to have a little affection for you, even if it was for one year or half a year,” Ice Cube said. “But if you win the chip, then you get a star on the Walk of Fame.”

But if LeBron and Anthony Davis bring a title to L.A., which player would fans love more?

“I think they equally get their share of love,” Ice Cube said. “But it’s really going to be LeBron. LeBron is the anchor.”