Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson 2014 (cropped).jpg
Johnson in 2014
Personal information
Born (1959-08-14) August 14, 1959 (age 61)
Lansing, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)[1]
Career information
High schoolEverett (Lansing, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1977–1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1979–1991, 1996, 1999–2000
PositionPoint guard
Number32
Career history
As player:
19791991, 1996Los Angeles Lakers
1999–2000Magic M7 Borås
2000Magic Great Danes
As coach:
1994Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As a player:
Career NBA statistics
Points17,707 (19.5 ppg)
Rebounds6,559 (7.2 rpg)
Assists10,141 (11.2 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Often regarded as the best point guard of all time,[2][3] Johnson played 13 seasons for the Lakers and was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.[4] Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"), which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that traveled around the world playing exhibition games.[5]

Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team".[6] His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented.

Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex,[7] as well as an entrepreneur,[8] philanthropist,[9] broadcaster and motivational speaker.[10] His public announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 helped dispel the stereotype, still widely held at the time, that HIV was a "gay disease" that heterosexuals need not worry about; his bravery in making this announcement was widely commended.[11] Named by Ebony magazine as one of America's most influential black businessmen in 2009,[12] Johnson has numerous business interests, and was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years. Johnson also is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.[13] During Johnson's ownership of both teams, the Sparks won the 2016 WNBA championship, and the Dodgers won the 2020 World Series championship. Combining his playing career and sports ownership career, Johnson has 10 NBA championships (five each as a player and later part-owner of the Lakers) to his credit.[14]

  1. ^ Povtak, Tim (February 7, 1992). "Magic weekend is on tap as Johnson set for NBA encore". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
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  4. ^ "All Time Leaders: Assists Per Game". www.nba.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 20, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Magic Johnson." www.entertainment.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved March 3, 2013
  6. ^ Rohlin, Melissa (April 4, 2020). "Magic Johnson Says It Breaks His Heart That Kobe Bryant Won't Be At Hall Of Fame Ceremony". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  7. ^ Jaslow, Ryan (November 29, 2013). "Magic Johnson's HIV activism hasn't slowed 22 years after historic announcement". CBS News. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference espnticket was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Haire, Thomas (May 1, 2003). "Do You Believe in 'Magic'?". Response Magazine. Questex Media Group, Inc. Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  10. ^ Springer, Steve (November 7, 2001). "Magic's Announcement: 10 years later, a real survivor". Los Angeles Times. p. D1.
  11. ^ Weinberg, Rick. "Magic Johnson announces he's HIV-positive". www.espn.com. Archived from the original on September 14, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Cite error: The named reference ovitz was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  13. ^ Cite error: The named reference Sparks was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  14. ^ "Magic Johnson now has championship rings in the NBA, MLB and WNBA". Bardown. October 28, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2020.

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