Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Basketball Player

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. He is often regarded as the greatest point guard of all-time. Johnson played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

Full Name
Earvin Johnson Jr.
Aug 14, 1959
6′ 9″
Net Worth


Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr., was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. His Zodiac sign is Leo and his ethnicity is African-American. He was the son of Christine and Earvin Sr., who worked in a General Motors plant. He has three siblings: two sisters and one brother. 

    Magic's love for basketball started at an early age as he began to hone his skills on outdoor courts around his hometown. In high school, he led Everett High School to a state championship and was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 1977. After high school, he attended Michigan State University where he played college basketball under head coach Jud Heathcote. During his time there, the team won the 1979 NCAA Championship, with him being named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

    In 1979, Magic entered the N.B.A Draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as first overall pick. During his 13-year career, Magic made nine All-Star appearances and was part of five championship teams (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988). He also holds several records including most assists (9,921) and most steals (1,724). He was also voted N.B.A MVP three times (1987-88 seasons) and Finals MVP three times(1980-82 seasons). His jersey number 32 was retired by the Lakers organization in 1992 after he announced that he contracted HIV virus while having unprotected sex outside marriage which forced him to retire from professional basketball prematurely. 

    Following retirement from professional basketball career Magic founded the Magic Johnson Foundation which focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness education prevention & treatment services to urban communities throughout United States & South Africa .He also became a successful businessman with investments in beverages , movie theaters & restaurants .In 1994 ,he became partial owner of WNBA’s LA Sparks and in 2002 ,he purchased 4% share of LA Lakers .

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 14, 1959, Magic Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Named Mr. Basketball of Michigan</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Johnson receives the honor of being named Mr. Basketball of Michigan for his outstanding high school basketball career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1979</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Leads Michigan State to NCAA Championship Title</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leads Michigan State University to a NCAA Championship title, beating Indiana State 75–64.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1979</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Pick in NBA Draft</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1979 NBA Draft.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Rookie of the Year Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives the NBA Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first rookie to win the NBA Finals MVP.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Announces That He Has HIV</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Announces that he has tested positive for HIV and retires from basketball.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Returns to Basketball With the Lakers</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Returns to professional basketball with the Lakers for the 1995–96 season.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Role Model</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Magic Johnson is a great role model for young athletes. He is a great example of how hard work and dedication can lead to success. He is also a great example of how to be a good person and treat others with respect.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Innovative Player</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Magic Johnson was an innovative player who revolutionized the game of basketball by playing all five positions on the court. He was also known for his no look passes, which are now considered iconic plays in the NBA.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Personality</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Magic Johnson has always been known for his infectious personality, as well as his kind nature. He always seemed to be in a good mood and had a great sense of humor that resonated with fans and teammates alike. This made him one of the most beloved players in NBA history.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Basketball Player to Play in the NBA and the Olympics</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Magic Johnson became the first basketball player to play in both the NBA and the Olympics in 1992.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Won NCAA Championship</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Magic Johnson led the Michigan State Spartans to a dramatic victory in the 1979 NCAA championship.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Won 5 NBA Championships</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Magic Johnson won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during his legendary career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> 3rd Most Assists in NBA History</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Magic Johnson ranks 3rd all time in assists in the NBA, behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Was an Entrepreneur</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Magic Johnson was also a successful businessman and entrepreneur, owning a chain of movie theaters and launching multiple business ventures.</p></div>


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