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1995–96 Los Angeles Lakers season
Magic’s Comeback
Head coach Del Harris
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Great Western Forum
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish First round (eliminated 3–1)

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The highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers was Magic Johnson making a comeback.




NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 37 Frankie King Guard  United States Western Carolina

Regular season

Magic’s Comeback

In the 1995-96 NBA season, Johnson made a short-lived second comeback as a player from January 1996 to May 1996. In this time, he had bulked up from his self-reported weight of 235 lb in 1992[1] to 255 lb in order to play power forward, a much more physical position than his usual point guard role. At age 36, Johnson played the last 32 games of the season, averaging 14.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, and Johnson retired for good. Johnson explained his comeback with the words: "I am going out on my terms, something I couldn't say when I aborted a comeback in 1992." [2]

Season standings

Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Seattle SuperSonics 64 18 .780 -
Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646 11
Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 20
Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 23
Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 25
Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 28
Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 35


  • Lost Western Conference 1st Rd to Houston Rockets (3 games to 1)

Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; MPG= Minutes per Game; SPG= Steals per Game; RPG = Rebounds per Game; APG. = Assists per Game; BPG = Blocks per Game; PPG = Points per Game


Award winners


  1. ^ NY Times, Johnson, Unbowed by H.I.V., Will Return to Pro Basketball , accessed June 1, 2007.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Larry. "Magic made Showtime a show". Retrieved 2007-09-13.  


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