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Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Johnson in 2007
Position(s) Point guard/Power forward
Jersey #(s) 32
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[1]
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)[2]
Born August 14, 1959 (1959-08-14) (age 50)
Lansing, Michigan, United States
Career information
Year(s) 1979–1996
NBA Draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Michigan State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     17,707 (19.5 ppg)
Rebounds     6,559 (7.2 rpg)
Assists     10,141 (11.2 apg)
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
.Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).^ Johnson was born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan.
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^ Magic the Earvin player..

^ Magic Johnson's retiring because he has AIDS? .

.After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers.^ Selected as the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft, Magic Johnson played for the LA Lakers for a total of 13 years.
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^ With a tailor-made nickname and reputation for winning, Johnson was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1979 NBA draft.
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^ Johnson was first called "Magic" when he was a star at Everett High School.
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.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.^ He was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 1987, 1989, and 1990.
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^ Player Awards and five championship rings during his outstanding career.

^ He won the Most Valuable Player Award and the Finals MVP Award three times each.
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.Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award.^ If you are unable magic johnson 1992 all star game a.p.i.
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^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award .
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^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award.
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.After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996 to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.^ He has played in 12 All-Star games and honored as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.
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^ Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the bestselling author of My Life, is universally known for his illustrious 13-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where this big player with the big heart changed the way the game is played.
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^ Eddie Johnson : led Olympiakos to the Greek Championship in 1994/95, before playing four more years in the NBA and debating a name change , .
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.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.^ If you are unable magic johnson 1992 all star game a.p.i.
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^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award .
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^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award.
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He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in assists per game, with an average of 11.2.[3] Johnson was a member of the "Dream Team", the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.
.Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.[4] He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007.[5] His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, were well documented.^ In 2002, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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^ In 2002 , he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .
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^ Earvin "Magic" Johnson was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as player in 2002 .
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.Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex,[4] as well as a philanthropist[6] and motivational speaker.^ Magic Johnson's retiring because he has AIDS? .

^ The title references the number that Mr. Johnson wore when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 – when he announced his retirement after having been diagnosed as HIV-positive.
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^ Johnson gave a grave but defiant statement, stating he was happy that both his wife Cookie and her unborn child were HIV negative and that he was going to dedicate his life to spread the word about HIV prevention and promote safer sex.
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[7]

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Amateur career

Early years

Earvin Johnson Jr. was born to Earvin Sr., a General Motors assembly worker, and Christine, a school custodian.[8] Johnson grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and came to love basketball as a youngster, idolizing players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes,[9] and practicing "all day".[4]
.Johnson was first dubbed "Magic" as a 15-year-old sophomore playing for Lansing's Everett High School, when he recorded a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists.^ He first played organized basketball at Everett High School.
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^ Johnson was first called "Magic" when he was a star at Everett High School.
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^ Johnson was first called "Magic" when he was a star at Everett High School .
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[4] .After the game, Fred Stabley Jr., a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal, gave him the moniker[10] despite the belief of Johnson's mother, a Christian, that the name was sacrilegious.^ When the 15-year-old Earvin finished a game with a triple-double 36 points , 16 rebounds and 16 assists, Fred Stabley Jr., a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal nicknamed him "Magic" for the first time.
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^ Despite being HIV positive, Johnson was chosen for the United States men's national basketball team who represented the USA in the 1992 Olympic Games .
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^ (Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Sports) Women's Hoops Arrives In East Lansing Dec 19, 2009 Michigan State's 1979 championship roster with Magic Johnson.
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[4] .In his final high school season, Johnson led Lansing Everett to a 27–1 win–loss record while averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds per game,[4] and took his team to an overtime victory in the state championship game.^ As a senior, Johnson led Everett to a 27-1 record and the state title while averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds.
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^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
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^ Johnson was first called "Magic" when he was a star at Everett High School.
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[11]

Michigan State University

.Although Johnson was recruited by several top-ranked colleges such as Indiana and UCLA, he decided to play close to home.^ Johnson wanted to attend college close to home, so he enrolled at Michigan State in East Lansing.
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^ TOP 10: Magic Johnson Clutch Plays .
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^ For example, I had no idea just how close Larry Bird came to never playing college basketball.

[12] .He initially wanted to attend the University of Michigan, but decided on Michigan State University in East Lansing, after the school's basketball coach, Jud Heathcote, promised that Johnson could play the point guard position.^ Johnson was born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan.
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^ Johnson wanted to attend college close to home, so he enrolled at Michigan State in East Lansing.
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^ "We could play him at point, if we have to.
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[13]
.Johnson did not initially aspire to play professionally, focusing instead on his communication studies major and on his desire to become a television commentator.^ Initially, he had no big interest to become a basketball star, instead focusing on communication studies because he wanted to become a TV commentator .
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^ Magic Johnson Foundation bring their national community technology initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide to Jacksonville today with .

^ HP (NYSE:HPQ) and the Magic Johnson Foundation today continued their community technology initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide with the opening.

[14] .Playing with future NBA draftees Greg Kelser, Jay Vincent and Mike Brkovich, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game as a freshman, and led the Spartans to a 25–5 record, the Big Ten Conference title, and a berth in the 1978 NCAA Tournament.^ He put up impressive numbers as a freshman (17.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.4 apg), leading the Spartans to a 25-5 record and the Big Ten Conference title.
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^ Paired with future NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser in the local Spartans squad, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists as a freshman , leading the Spartans to a 25-5 record and the Big Ten Conference title.
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^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
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[4] The Spartans reached the Elite Eight, but lost narrowly to eventual national champion Kentucky.[15]
.During the 1978–79 season, Michigan State again qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the championship game and faced Indiana State University, which was led by senior Larry Bird.^ Magic came out of college after beating Larry Bird in the national championship game (Michigan State vs. Indiana State).

^ As an All-America sophomore Johnson directed his team to the national title in 1979, beating Larry Bird 's Indiana State squad in perhaps the most anticipated (and most watched) NCAA Championship Game ever played.
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^ As an All-America sophomore Johnson directed his team to the national title in 1979 , beating Larry Bird's Indiana State squad in perhaps the most anticipated (and most watched) NCAA Championship Game ever played.
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.In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever,[16] Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.^ Johnson then attended Michigan State University.
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^ Bird's Indiana State Sycamores lost to Johnson and Michigan State, coached by Heathcote, in that game, which is the highest-rated college basketball game ever televised.
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^ As an All-America sophomore Johnson directed his team to the national title in 1979, beating Larry Bird 's Indiana State squad in perhaps the most anticipated (and most watched) NCAA Championship Game ever played.
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[11] .After two years in college, during which he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, Johnson declared himself eligible for the 1979 NBA Draft.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
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^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
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^ After two seasons at Michigan State, Johnson declared himself for the 1979 NBA Draft.
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[17]

Professional career

Rookie season in the NBA (1979–80)

.Johnson was drafted first overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers.^ Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia.

^ Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1996) .
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^ Los Angeles Lakers (1525) .
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.Johnson said that what was "most amazing" about joining the Lakers was the chance to play alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,[18] the team's 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) center who became the leading scorer in NBA history.^ It was also the year that Johnson took Abdul-Jabbar's place as leader of the team.
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^ Lead by Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers entered the 1984 NBA Finals against the Celtics.
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^ However, Johnson was most excited about the prospect of playing with his personal idol, the 7-2 center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , who would eventaully become the NBA's all-time scoring leader.
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[19] .Despite Abdul-Jabbar's dominance, he had failed to win a championship with the Lakers, and Johnson was expected to help them achieve that goal.^ During the 1981-1982 season Laker head coach Paul Westhead designed an offense that focused around center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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^ Assuming Abdul-Jabbar's position at center, Johnson sky-hooked and rebounded the Lakers to victory with 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals.
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^ Johnson in the 1990-91 campaign helped the Lakers to a 58-24 record.
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[20] .Johnson averaged 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game for the season, was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team, and was named an NBA All-Star Game starter.^ All-Star Game between a group of NBA All-Stars and the 1984 rookie class.
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^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
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[21]
.The Lakers compiled a 60–22 record in the regular season and reached the 1980 NBA Finals,[22] in which they faced the Philadelphia 76ers, who were led by forward Julius Erving.^ The Lakers compiled a 60-22 win-loss record, and with Paul Westhead replacing coach McKinney as a coach after a serious bicycle crash, the Lakers reached the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers .
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^ In the 1982-83 NBA Finals against rival Philadelphia, however, Lakers Norm Nixon, Worthy and Bob McAdoo were all hampered by injury.
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^ In the 1982-83 NBA Finals against rival Philadelphia, however, Lakers Norm Nixon , Worthy and Bob McAdoo were all hampered by injury.
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.The Lakers took a 3–2 lead in the series, but Abdul-Jabbar, who averaged 33 points a game in the series,[23] sprained his ankle in Game 5 and could not play in Game 6.[20] Paul Westhead decided to start Johnson at center in Game 6; Johnson recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in a 123–107 win, while playing guard, forward, and center at different times during the game.^ Coach Westhead decided to put point guard Johnson at center instead, and on the Sixers' home court, the rookie dominated with 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and three steals , lifting the Lakers to a 123-107 win and winning the NBA Finals MVP award.
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^ "We could play him at point, if we have to.
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^ Abdul-Jabbar was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle sustained during his 40-point effort in Game 5.
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[20] .Johnson became the only rookie to win the NBA Finals MVP award,[20] and his clutch performance is still regarded as one of the finest in NBA history.^ Johnson's clutch performance is considered one of the finest individual games ever in NBA playoff history.
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^ Johnson also became one of only four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.
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^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award .
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[5][24][25] .He also became one of four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.^ Johnson also became one of only four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.
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^ The two legends unite to discuss the highlights of their amazing careers, particularly their spectacular clashes against one another in the 1980s, when they combined to win eight NBA championships and six MVP awards.
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^ In one of the most anticipated and watched NCAA Championship Game ever played, Johnson's squad prevailed 75-64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four .
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[26]

Ups and downs (1980–83)

.Early in the 1980–81 season, Johnson was sidelined after he suffered torn cartilage in his left knee.^ The following season, Johnson tore cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him for 45 games.
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^ In the first month, 7-2 Tom Burleson of the Atlanta Hawks fell on Johnson's left knee, forcing him to miss 45 games with torn cartilage.
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^ In 1988-89 , Abdul-Jabbar's final season, Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in the NBA Finals and the Lakers were swept by a well-rounded Pistons team.
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.He missed 45 games,[17] and said that his rehabilitation was the "most down" he had ever felt.^ In the first month, 7-2 Tom Burleson of the Atlanta Hawks fell on Johnson's left knee, forcing him to miss 45 games with torn cartilage.
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^ He wanted to have the most beautiful people in L.A. at the game—he said if they came, everybody else would come.
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[27] Johnson returned before the start of the 1981 playoffs, but the Lakers' then-assistant and future head coach Pat Riley later said Johnson's much-anticipated return made the Lakers a "divided team".[28] The 54-win Lakers faced the 40–42 Houston Rockets in the first round of playoffs,[29][30] where Houston upset the Lakers 2–1 after Johnson airballed a last-second shot in Game 3.[31]
.During the off-season, Johnson signed a 25-year, $25 million contract with the Lakers, which was the highest-paying contract in sports history up to that point.^ With an itch to still be involved in basketball, Johnson became head coach of the Lakers towards the end of the 1993-94 season, replacing Randy Pfund.
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^ Magic Johnson, one of the NBA's all-time great point guards with the Los Angeles Lakers during their "Showtime" days, tells the New York Post he thinks Cleveland Cavaliers forward and league MVP LeBron James will sign with the New York Knicks after this season.
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^ On November 7, 1991, Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the NBA. Johnson would later admit that he contracted the disease from having multiple sexual partners during his career.
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[32] .At the beginning of the 1981–82 season, Johnson had a heated dispute with Westhead, who Johnson said made the Lakers "slow" and "predictable".[33] After Johnson demanded to be traded, Lakers owner Jerry Buss fired Westhead and replaced him with Riley.^ The following day, Lakers owner Jerry Buss fired Westhead and promoted assistant coach Pat Riley.
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^ At the press conference to announce Westhead's replacement, owner Jerry Buss said that Jerry West would be the coach.
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^ LC: You and Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Lakers, are close?
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.Although Johnson denied responsibility for Westhead's firing,[34] he was booed across the league, even by Lakers' fans.^ Still, Earvin Johnson was even more than a revolutionary player, who, at 6-9, was the tallest point guard in league history.
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^ Even the most diehard of Celtics fans begrudgingly gave Lakers fans their due respect .
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^ Buss instead fired Westhead, causing league-wide scorn against Johnson.
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[4] .Despite his off-court troubles, Johnson averaged 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and a league-high 2.7 steals per game, and was voted a member of the All-NBA Second Team.^ 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.
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^ With a strong season, in which he scored 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists and a league-high 2.7 steals per game and was voted a member of the All-NBA Second Team, [5] Johnson silenced his critics.
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^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[17] .He also joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to tally at least 700 points, 700 rebounds, and 700 assists in the same season.^ In that season, he joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to score at least 700 points, rebounds and assists in the same season.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Paired with future NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser in the local Spartans squad, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists as a freshman , leading the Spartans to a 25-5 record and the Big Ten Conference title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ In 905 NBA games, he scored 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[11] .The Lakers advanced through the 1982 playoffs and faced Philadelphia for the second time in three years in the 1982 NBA Finals.^ That win propelled the Lakers to a second Finals' win over the Celtics in three years.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ In the 1982-83 NBA Finals against rival Philadelphia, however, Lakers Norm Nixon, Worthy and Bob McAdoo were all hampered by injury.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers compiled a 60-22 win-loss record, and with Paul Westhead replacing coach McKinney as a coach after a serious bicycle crash, the Lakers reached the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

.After a triple-double from Johnson in Game 6, the Lakers defeated the Sixers 4–2, as Johnson won his second NBA Finals MVP award.^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson won his third Finals MVP Award in 1987, following a six-game victory over Boston.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

[35] .During the championship series against the Sixers, Johnson averaged 16.2 points on .533 shooting, 10.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.^ Top 10: Magic Johnson Assists .
  • Magic Johnson - News, photos, topics, and quotes 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Assuming Abdul-Jabbar's position at center, Johnson sky-hooked and rebounded the Lakers to victory with 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • But Magic Johnson Was An Awesome Rookie... - Marc Ambinder 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC marcambinder.theatlantic.com [Source type: General]

^ In his 13 NBA seasons Johnson compiled 17,707 points (19.5 ppg), 6,559 rebounds (7.2 rpg) and 10,141 assists (11.2 apg) in addition to 1,724 steals, good for ninth place on the all-time list.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

[36] .Johnson later said that his third season was when the Lakers first became a great team,[37] and he credited their success to Riley.^ Though Bird and Johnson later became pals, their NBA encounters were furiously competitive.
  • Frozen in time: Magic Johnson meets Larry Bird, 26 March 1979 | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Businessman and former Laker describes the difference between the high of closing a great business deal and being successful on the basketball court.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1988, the Lakers edged the Detroit Pistons in a bitter seven-game series to become the first team since the 1968-69 Celtics to repeat as champs.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

[38]
.During the 1982–83 NBA season, Johnson averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game and earned his first All-NBA First Team nomination.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ In the 1988-89 NBA season , Johnson was again outstanding, his 22.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game earning him his second MVP award.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[17] .The Lakers again reached the Finals, and for a third time faced the Sixers, who featured center Moses Malone as well as Erving.^ However, in that series, Johnson's team mates Norm Nixon , James Worthy and Bob McAdoo were injured, and the undermanned- Lakers were swept by a powerful Sixers club which featured Julius Erving, Andrew Toney joined by superstar center, Finals MVP Moses Malone .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The rivalry reached its climax in the mid-80s, when Johnson's Lakers and Bird's Celtics met in three NBA Finals (1984, 1985, 1987).
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[39] .With Johnson's teammates Norm Nixon, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo all hobbled by injuries, the Lakers were swept by the Sixers, and Malone was crowned the Finals MVP.[39] In a losing effort against Philadelphia, Johnson averaged 19.0 points on .403 shooting, 12.5 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[40]

Battles against the Celtics (1983–87)

.In Johnson's fifth season, he averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.1 assists, as well as 7.3 rebounds per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson played in six of the eight Olympic games, averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[17] .The Lakers reached the Finals for the third year in a row, where Johnson's Lakers and Bird's Celtics met for the first time in the post-season.^ That win propelled the Lakers to a second Finals' win over the Celtics in three years.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers met the Celtics again in the 1987 NBA Finals .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[41] .The Lakers won the first game, and led by two points in Game 2 with 18 seconds to go, but after a layup by Gerald Henderson, Johnson failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded, and the Lakers lost 124–121 in overtime.^ With the game tied in Game 2, Johnson failed to get off a shot before the buzzer, sending the contest in overtime and leading to a Celtics victory.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ "We won our first game on a last-second shot," the former Los Angeles Lakers point guard says in the ad.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ In the first month, 7-2 Tom Burleson of the Atlanta Hawks fell on Johnson's left knee, forcing him to miss 45 games with torn cartilage.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

[41] .In Game 3, Johnson responded with 21 assists in a 137–104 win, but in Game 4, he again made several crucial errors late in the contest.^ I am just saying everybody is always bashing on the Knicks in which I understand why but also have to give them credit for their good play of basketball in which they have been winning games as of lately.
  • Knicks snub Magic Johnson - NBA - Pro Basketball - Rumors - FanNation 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.fannation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Actually they are starting to win games and play well, I wouldnt be surprise if they made the playoffs this year which right now they are boarder line.
  • Knicks snub Magic Johnson - NBA - Pro Basketball - Rumors - FanNation 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.fannation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nash had a 21-point, 20-assist game Monday, the first such 20-20 in the NBA since he did it four seasons ago at New York.
  • SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC sports.surfwax.com [Source type: General]

.In the final minute of the game, Johnson had the ball stolen by Celtics center Robert Parish, and then missed two free throws that could have won the game.^ In the first month, 7-2 Tom Burleson of the Atlanta Hawks fell on Johnson's left knee, forcing him to miss 45 games with torn cartilage.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ In this series, Bird was locked down by Lakers defensive stalwart Michael Cooper [7] while Johnson was unstoppable, best shown in Game 4, when he hit a last-second hook shot over the outstretched arms of Celtics big men Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to win the game 107-106.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson then went on endorse a two-and-out policy for the game, before wrapping it up for the China fans.
  • Glory days: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson still cherish '79 showdown, endorse the college game | March Madness - cleveland.com - - cleveland.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.cleveland.com [Source type: General]

.The Celtics won Game 4 in overtime, and the teams split the next two games.^ Johnson won his first five games, but then lost the next six, causing him to announce he would not continue coaching.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Rodman played three games for the UK Brighton Bears in 2006, one game for Pippen’s Finland team the following year, and two exhibition games in the Philippines in 2006.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ In 1988, the Lakers edged the Detroit Pistons in a bitter seven-game series to become the first team since the 1968-69 Celtics to repeat as champs.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]

.In the decisive Game 7 in Boston, as the Lakers trailed by three points in the final minute, opposing point guard Dennis Johnson stole the ball from Johnson, a play that effectively ended the series.^ In the deciding Game 7 with the Lakers trailing by three, Celtics guard stole the ball from Johnson, ending the series.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ The title references the number that Mr. Johnson wore when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 – when he announced his retirement after having been diagnosed as HIV-positive.
  • Magic Johnson on Succeeding in Business - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ With an itch to still be involved in basketball, Johnson became head coach of the Lakers towards the end of the 1993-94 season, replacing Randy Pfund.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[41] .During the Finals, Johnson averaged 18.0 points on .560 shooting, 13.6 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ 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.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[42] Johnson later described the series as "the one championship we should have had but didn't get".[43]
.In the regular season, Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game and led the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals, where they faced the Celtics again.^ Despite Johnson's strong 18.8 point / 5.9 rebounds / 12.6 assists regular season average, [5] the Lakers were unable to power past the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The 1985-86 NBA season proved to be a disappointment for Johnson and his Lakers.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

.The series started poorly for the Lakers when they allowed an NBA Finals record 148 points to the Celtics in a 34-point loss in Game 1.[44] However, Abdul-Jabbar, who was now 38 years old, scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Game 2, and his 36 points in a Game 5 win were instrumental in establishing a 3–2 lead for Los Angeles.^ Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia.

^ Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1996) .
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers (1525) .
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

[44] .After the Lakers defeated the Celtics in six games, Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson, who averaged 18.3 points on .494 shooting, 14.0 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game in the championship series,[45][46] said the Finals win was the highlight of their careers.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ That win propelled the Lakers to a second Finals' win over the Celtics in three years.
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[47]
.Johnson again averaged a double-double in the 1985–86 NBA season, with 18.8 points, 12.6 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game.^ The 1985-86 NBA season proved to be a disappointment for Johnson and his Lakers.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[17] .The Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals, but were unable to defeat Houston, who advanced to the Finals in five games.^ Despite Johnson's strong 18.8 point / 5.9 rebounds / 12.6 assists regular season average, [5] the Lakers were unable to power past the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ But in the following five games, the Lakers stormed back to win the NBA Finals 4-2, powered by the venerable 38-year-old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Unable to resist the Houston " Twin Towers " of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson , the Lakers bowed out 1-4.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[48] .In the next season, Johnson averaged a career-high of 23.9 points, as well as 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game,[17] and earned his first regular season MVP award.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ In the 1988-89 NBA season , Johnson was again outstanding, his 22.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game earning him his second MVP award.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[4][49] .The Lakers met the Celtics for the third time in the NBA Finals, and in Game 4 Johnson hit a last-second hook shot over Celtics big men Parish and Kevin McHale to win the game 107–106.[50] The game-winning shot, which Johnson dubbed his "junior, junior, junior sky-hook",[50] helped Los Angeles defeat Boston in six games.^ Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia.

^ Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1996) .
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ However, it remained Johnson's only NBA game for a long time.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

.Johnson was awarded his third Finals MVP title after averaging 26.2 points on .541 shooting, 13.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.33 steals per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[50][51]

Repeat and falling short (1987–91)

.Before the 1987–88 NBA season, Lakers coach Pat Riley publicly promised that they would defend the NBA title, even though a team had not won consecutive titles since the 1969 NBA Finals.^ The Lakers won 4-2, and for his feats, Johnson won his third Finals MVP title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers met the Celtics again in the 1987 NBA Finals .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Prior to the 1987-88 NBA season , Lakers coach Pat Riley shocked the team by promising the press to defend the NBA title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[52] .Johnson had another productive season with averages of 19.6 points, 11.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ In Abdul-Jabbar's final season, Johnson was awarded his second MVP Award, averaging 22.5 points, 12.8 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[17] .In the 1988 playoffs, the Lakers survived two 4–3 series against the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks to reach the Finals and face the Detroit Pistons,[53] known as the "Bad Boys" for their physical style of play.^ Johnson had another stellar season (19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.9 assists per game), [5] but in the 1988 NBA Playoffs , the Lakers survived two narrow 4-3 series against the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ In the Finals , the Lakers played against the Detroit Pistons , the rugged "Bad Boys" squad which was often accused of playing brutal basketball.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ After two seven-game series with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, Johnson and the Lakers would get their first look at the "Bad Boys."
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[54] .After the teams split the first six games, Lakers forward and Finals MVP James Worthy had his first career triple-double of 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists, and led his team to a 108–105 win.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award .
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • But Magic Johnson Was An Awesome Rookie... - Marc Ambinder 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC marcambinder.theatlantic.com [Source type: General]

[55] .Despite not being named MVP, Johnson had a strong championship series, averaging 21.1 points on .550 shooting, 13.0 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson played in six of the eight Olympic games, averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[56]
.In the 1988–89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game[17] earned him his second MVP award,[57] and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, in which they again faced the Pistons.^ Johnson played in six of the eight Olympic games, averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles would go on to win in six games and Johnson was awarded his third NBA Finals MVP title, averaging 26.2 points, 13.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ In 1988-89 , Abdul-Jabbar's final season, Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in the NBA Finals and the Lakers were swept by a well-rounded Pistons team.
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

However, after Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in Game 2, the Lakers were no match for the Pistons, who swept them 4–0.[58]
.Playing without the retired Abdul-Jabbar for the first time, Johnson won his third MVP award[59] after a strong 1989–90 NBA season in which he averaged 22.3 points, 11.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.^ A similar fate awaited Johnson in the following 1989-90 NBA season , when he won his third MVP award with a strong regular season with averages of 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists, [5] but his Lakers bowed out in the second playoff round to the Phoenix Suns .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ However, it remained Johnson's only NBA game for a long time.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[17] .However, the Lakers bowed out to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals, which was the Lakers' earliest playoffs elimination in nine years.^ They've done the playoffs year in and year out.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ A similar fate awaited Johnson in the following 1989-90 NBA season , when he won his third MVP award with a strong regular season with averages of 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists, [5] but his Lakers bowed out in the second playoff round to the Phoenix Suns .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ As the article points out the Lakers won the championship his rookie year.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

[60] .Johnson performed well during the 1990–91 NBA season, with averages of 19.4 points, 12.5 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game, and the Lakers reached the 1991 NBA Finals.^ The 1985-86 NBA season proved to be a disappointment for Johnson and his Lakers.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson suited up for two games on the Magic Great Danes, averaging 9 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and 9 turnovers.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

.There they faced the Chicago Bulls, led by shooting guard Michael Jordan, a five-time scoring champion regarded as the finest player of his era.^ Johnson's two triple-doubles weren't enough to stop Jordan and the Bulls, winning in five games.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ With the Lakers, Johnson won five NBA titles and was a three-time Most Valuable Player.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Fran's starting five of the best basketball players he has ever seen: PG- Magic Johnson; SG- Michael...
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[61][62] .Although the series was portrayed as a matchup between Johnson and Jordan,[63] Bulls forward Scottie Pippen primarily defended against Johnson, doing an effective job.^ However, the series failed to live up to its hype, as Bulls defensive stalwart Scottie Pippen defended well against Johnson and Finals MVP Jordan powered his team to a 4-1 win.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ SOURCE: The Orange County Register 1 month ago He was Scottie Pippen with Magic Johnson size and a strong body, but with a real jump shot, not a learned one.
  • Magic Johnson - News, photos, topics, and quotes 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The hiatus from the NBA Finals for Johnson and the Lakers would only last a year with Los Angeles returning during the 1990-91 season against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

.Despite two triple-doubles from Johnson during the series, Finals MVP Jordan led his team to a 4–1 win.^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award .
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson became the first rookie ever to win the Finals MVP Award.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • But Magic Johnson Was An Awesome Rookie... - Marc Ambinder 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC marcambinder.theatlantic.com [Source type: General]

^ However, in that series, Johnson's team mates Norm Nixon , James Worthy and Bob McAdoo were injured, and the undermanned- Lakers were swept by a powerful Sixers club which featured Julius Erving, Andrew Toney joined by superstar center, Finals MVP Moses Malone .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[4] .In the last championship series of his career, Johnson averaged 18.6 points on .431 shooting, 12.4 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game.^ Johnson suited up for two games on the Magic Great Danes, averaging 9 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and 9 turnovers.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Assuming Abdul-Jabbar's position at center, Johnson sky-hooked and rebounded the Lakers to victory with 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals.
  • NBA.com: Magic Johnson Bio 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • But Magic Johnson Was An Awesome Rookie... - Marc Ambinder 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC marcambinder.theatlantic.com [Source type: General]

^ He was named the Final Four MVP after putting up 21 points and 7 rebounds per game and leading the team to its first European Championship.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[64]

HIV announcement and Olympics (1991–92)

.After a physical before the 1991–92 NBA season, Johnson discovered that he had tested positive for HIV.^ The title references the number that Mr. Johnson wore when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 – when he announced his retirement after having been diagnosed as HIV-positive.
  • Magic Johnson on Succeeding in Business - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Before the 1991-92 campaign Johnson stunned the world with the announcement that he had tested positive for the HIV virus and was retiring from the NBA. He made a triumphant appearance at the All-Star Game that season, however, earning the game's MVP Award and leading the West to a 153-113 victory.
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Earvin Johnson Michael was famous for the world's best basketball players before announcing his sudden retirement from the NBA in 1991,.

.In a press conference held on November 7, 1991, Johnson made a public announcement that he would retire immediately.^ On November 7 , 1991 , Johnson shocked the world with the announcement that he was infected with HIV and would immediately retire.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ On November 7, 1991, Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the NBA. Johnson would later admit that he contracted the disease from having multiple sexual partners during his career.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ A painful three-peat later, I happily watched the second retirement press conference, and was even more pleased for the invention of the cigar cutter .
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[65] .He stated that his wife Cookie and their unborn child did not have HIV, and that he would dedicate his life to "battle this deadly disease".[65] Johnson initially said that he did not know how he contracted the disease,[65] but later admitted that it was through having multiple sexual partners during his playing career.^ His wife, Cookie, and their unborn child did not contract the HIV virus.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ On November 7, 1991, Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the NBA. Johnson would later admit that he contracted the disease from having multiple sexual partners during his career.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ ''The Lord has definitely healed Earvin,'' the basketball star's wife, Cookie Johnson, said in an interview in the latest Ebony magazine.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[66] .At the time, only a small percentage of HIV-positive people had contracted it from heterosexual sex,[67][68] and it was initially rumored that Johnson was gay or bisexual, although he denied both.^ The title references the number that Mr. Johnson wore when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 – when he announced his retirement after having been diagnosed as HIV-positive.
  • Magic Johnson on Succeeding in Business - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ Nov 28, 2009 Johnson Slams Thomas in Book Blames him for spreading gay rumors.

^ Where Magic Johnson said he had AIDS. To my knowledge, he has only said he is HIV positive which is not the same thing.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[68] .Johnson's announcement became a major news story in the United States,[69] and in 2004 was named as ESPN's seventh most memorable moment of the past 25 years.^ Despite being HIV positive, Johnson was chosen for the United States men's national basketball team who represented the USA in the 1992 Olympic Games .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ We are now franchising throughout most of the United States.
  • Magic Johnson Travel Group Franchise Information 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.franchising.com [Source type: News]

^ Johnson also became one of only four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[70] Many articles praised Johnson as a hero, and former U.S. President George H. W. Bush said, "For me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports."[71]
Olympic medal record
Men's basketball
Competitor for  United States
Gold 1992 Barcelona National team
.Despite his retirement, Johnson was voted by fans as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, although his former teammates Byron Scott and A. C. Green said that Johnson should not play,[72] and several NBA players, including Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, argued that they would be at risk of contamination if Johnson suffered an open wound while on court.^ Johnson was voted as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star game despite his retirement.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the most vocal opponents was Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson hit the court running as a rookie, earning a nod as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game and was a selection on the NBA All-Rookie Team.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[73] .Johnson led the West to a 153–113 win and was crowned All-Star MVP after recording 25 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds.^ Paired with future NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser in the local Spartans squad, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists as a freshman , leading the Spartans to a 25-5 record and the Big Ten Conference title.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Assuming Abdul-Jabbar's position at center, Johnson sky-hooked and rebounded the Lakers to victory with 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals.

^ In that season, he joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to score at least 700 points, rebounds and assists in the same season.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[74] .The game ended after he made a last-minute three-pointer, and players from both teams ran onto the court to congratulate Johnson.^ Only three other players have had two games with seven-or-more turnovers in an NBA Finals series since the NBA began tracking that statistic in 1977-78: Magic Johnson in 1983 and 1984 and Isiah Thomas in 1990.
  • Magic Johnson Stats - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson won the skeptics over and made a triumphant return, leading the West to a 153-113 win and being crowned All-Star MVP. The game was also a curiosity, ending prematurely when he drained a last-minute three-pointer and his colleagues refused to play further, instead running collectively on court, hugging him and exchanging high-fives.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Not to mention, that since appearing in 12 games with the Mavericks in 2000, he’s had brief stints with three different ABA teams and was negotiating with another club as recently as last season at age 46 (!
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[75]
.Johnson was chosen to compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the US basketball team, dubbed the "Dream Team" because of the NBA stars on the roster.^ He was also member of the famous Dream Team U. S. basketball team which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Utah Jazz actually had the first draft pick, but because they had traded it away to sign NBA star Gail Goodrich , the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Johnson with the first overall pick, [1] signing him for a hefty salary of US$ 600,000 a year.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Despite being HIV positive, Johnson was chosen for the United States men's national basketball team who represented the USA in the 1992 Olympic Games .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

[76] .During the tournament, which the USA won easily,[77] Johnson played infrequently because of knee problems, but he received standing ovations from the crowd, and used the opportunity to inspire HIV-positive people.^ The title references the number that Mr. Johnson wore when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 – when he announced his retirement after having been diagnosed as HIV-positive.
  • Magic Johnson on Succeeding in Business - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ When Magic Johnson was brand new to the League -- this is the guy most consider the greatest point guard ever -- few people believed he could play point guard.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ At one point, Magic Johnson told the press he wanted to be traded because of the style of play, and coach Paul Westhead was instantly replaced.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

[14]

Post-Olympics and later life

.Before the 1992–93 NBA season, Johnson announced his intention to stage an NBA comeback.^ My personal favorite comeback, and one that doesn’t get mentioned nearly as much as it should, was Magic Johnson ’s return during the 1995/96 season.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Eddie Johnson : led Olympiakos to the Greek Championship in 1994/95, before playing four more years in the NBA and debating a name change , .
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Tom Chambers : played for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 1995/96 season before returning to the NBA for two more years, and is um, currently planning a comeback at the age of 49.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

.After practicing and playing in several pre-season games, he returned to retirement before the start of the regular season, citing controversy over his return sparked by opposition from several active players.^ Brad Miller, Kings: Miller missed several games last season after getting stitches to repair a gash on his finger.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Guys are playing harder than ever, exuding intensity not seen in the regular season.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ It throws them out of rhythm and balance, probably because they spend the regular season playing finesse, up-tempo basketball.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

[11] .During his retirement, Johnson has written a book on safer sex, run several businesses, worked for NBC as a commentator, and toured Asia and Australia with a basketball team that comprised former college and NBA players.^ In his new advice book "32 Ways to be a Champion in Business," Earvin "Magic" Johnson explains how he translated his fame as a basketball player into a career as an investor and businessman off the court.
  • Magic Johnson on Succeeding in Business - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ On November 7, 1991, Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the NBA. Johnson would later admit that he contracted the disease from having multiple sexual partners during his career.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson was selected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team in 1997 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[4]
.He returned to the NBA as coach of the Lakers near the end of the 1993–94 NBA season, replacing Randy Pfund.^ With an itch to still be involved in basketball, Johnson became head coach of the Lakers towards the end of the 1993-94 season, replacing Randy Pfund.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Late in the 1993-94 NBA season , he returned to the NBA, replacing Randy Pfund as head coach of the Lakers.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers compiled a 60-22 win-loss record, and with Paul Westhead replacing coach McKinney as a coach after a serious bicycle crash, the Lakers reached the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

.After losing five of six games, Johnson announced he would resign after the season, choosing instead to purchase a 5% share of the team in June 1994.[4] In the following season, at the age of 36, Johnson attempted another comeback as a player.^ Instead, in June 1994, Johnson purchased a share of his Lakers and became a part-time owner.
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ My personal favorite comeback, and one that doesn’t get mentioned nearly as much as it should, was Magic Johnson ’s return during the 1995/96 season.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Despite being HIV positive, Johnson was chosen for the United States men's national basketball team who represented the USA in the 1992 Olympic Games .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

.Playing power forward, he averaged 14.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game in the last 32 games of the season.^ Points Per Game: 19.5 Rebounds Per Game: 7.2 Assists Per Game: 11.2 Career Highlights .
  • Magic Johnson - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Shifting to the point forward position, the 255-pound Johnson averaged 14.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 32 games.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson played in six of the eight Olympic games, averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.
  • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

[17] After the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs,[78] Johnson retired permanently, saying, "I am going out on my terms, something I couldn't say when I aborted a comeback in 1992."[11]

Off the court

A five-point star engraved on a tile. <a name=.In the center of the star are the words "EARVIN MAGIC JOHNSON".^ ''The Lord has definitely healed Earvin,'' the basketball star's wife, Cookie Johnson, said in an interview in the latest Ebony magazine.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson was at his book signing at Borders in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Times Square Gossip: MAGIC JOHNSON WRITES NEW BUSINESS BOOK 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.timessquaregossip.com [Source type: General]

^ With a smile so dazzling it, too, could be seen from the freeway, Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned the Lakers into the must-see show in the sports world.
  • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

An image of a movie camera is etched directly below these words, though still in the star." src="http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/09/1/4/3/67854371067844858.jpg" width="220" height="165" class="thumbimage" />
Magic Johnson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Personal life

.Johnson first fathered a son in 1981, when Andre Johnson was born to Melissa Mitchell.^ First of all, Magic Johnson just didn't - just wasn't born Magic Johnson.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Each time a father takes his son or daughter to the playground to shoot baskets for the first time, a new world opens -- one full of values that can shape a lifetime.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

.Although Andre was raised by his mother, he visited Johnson each summer, and as of October 2005 was working for Magic Johnson Enterprises as a marketing director.^ Reply Report Abuse by lolitaharvey5249 ( October 10, 2008 3:47 pm ET ) I think it is pretty low that someone will say Magic Johnson is faking.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Magic Johnson Enterprises Read More...
  • Magic Johnson « Prolebrity 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.prolebrity.com [Source type: General]

^ About 32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business Magic Johnson Enterprises The Magic Johnson Foundation Mr. Johnson's bio E-mail a friend .
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

[79] In 1991, Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly, with whom he had one son, Earvin III;[79] the couple adopted a daughter, Elisa, in 1995.[80]

Media figure and business interests

.In 1998, Johnson hosted a late night talk show on the Fox network called The Magic Hour, but the show was canceled after two months because of low ratings.^ We have the right to speak freely, even if it is a conservative talk show host stating his belief that Magic Johnson faked AIDS. Just the same as when the liberal media spews forth their verbal diarrhea.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sodexo plans to open a concept called SubConnection Magic in partnership with basketball legend Magic Johnson at Florida A&M University.
  • Sodexo, Magic Johnson Open University Dining Venue 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC food-management.com [Source type: General]

^ I’d be dreaming and dreaming—for two hours, I felt like I was really calling the shots and I was the CEO. And one night the boss came back while I was supposed to be cleaning up the office, and there I was—pretending like I was the CEO. And you know what?
  • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

[81] .He runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company that has a net worth of $700 million;[79] its subsidiaries include Magic Johnson Productions, a promotional company; Magic Johnson Theaters, a nationwide chain of movie theaters; and Magic Johnson Entertainment, a movie studio.^ Rather, they run Rangel, Lewis, Bob Johnson, and now Magic Johnson out there.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ Magic should stick to basketball, movie theaters and coffee houses.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ And that's how I got really started with the Magic Johnson Theaters.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

[82] Johnson has also worked as a motivational speaker.[7] .He is a supporter of the Democratic Party—in 2005, he publicly endorsed Phil Angelides for governor of California,[83] and Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.^ We will abandon you Hillary, oh no not the Democratic party but YOU for this type of race baiting.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ January 19th, 2008 6:03 am ET Some not so smart Hillary Clinton supporters want history to record the United States was ruled 16 years by the same family.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ I would feel much more secure with Hillary Clinton as MY president .
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

[84] .Johnson was an NBA commentator for Turner Network Television for seven years,[85] before becoming a studio analyst for ESPN's NBA Countdown in 2008.[86] Since 1994, Johnson has been a minority owner of the Lakers, having reportedly paid more than $10 million for part ownership.^ Johnson is also VP and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ May, 22, 2008 May 22 5:03 PM ET Comment Email Print Share Nate Jones of Jones on the NBA blog had great seats to last night's Laker game, sitting near Laker minority owner Magic Johnson.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ He showed corporations they could make money in areas that before they had feared to tread, and while those floodgates have never truly opened, they are more open now than they have been."
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

He also holds the title of team vice president.[87] .In 2006 Johnson created a contract food service with Sodexo USA called Sodexo-Magic.^ Sodexo plans to open a concept called SubConnection Magic in partnership with basketball legend Magic Johnson at Florida A&M University.
  • Sodexo, Magic Johnson Open University Dining Venue 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC food-management.com [Source type: General]

^ When Magic Johnson got a big new contract, Lazenby says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called a press conference and wondered aloud if Johnson had become part of Laker management.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ January 08, 2010 Sodexo, Magic Johnson Open University Dining Venue .
  • Sodexo, Magic Johnson Open University Dining Venue 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC food-management.com [Source type: General]

[88]

HIV activism

A middle-aged Caucasian woman shakes the hand of a tall black man.
In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDS.
.After announcing his infection in November 1991, Johnson created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV,[89] although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals.^ Where Magic Johnson said he had AIDS. To my knowledge, he has only said he is HIV positive which is not the same thing.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ January 19th, 2008 2:46 am ET I could care less of what Magic Johnson or any other celebrity has to say regarding the candidates.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ A few years later, Magic finally returned to the hardwood to help the struggling Lakers.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[90] In 1992, he joined the National Commission on AIDS, but left after eight months, saying that the commission was not doing enough to combat the disease.[89] .He was also the main speaker for the United Nations (UN) World AIDS Day Conference in 1999,[90] and has served as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.^ Park (USA: short title)     - 106 and Park World AIDS Day (2006) TV episode (voice) ....
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[91]
HIV had been associated with drug addicts and homosexuals,[89] but Johnson's campaigns sought to show that the risk of infection was not limited to those groups. .Johnson stated that his aim was to "help educate all people about what [HIV] is about" and teach others not to "discriminate against people who have HIV and AIDS".[90] Johnson was later criticized by the AIDS community for his decreased involvement in publicizing the spread of the disease.^ I wanted to write someting to help young people to learn about these topics.
  • The Magic Johnson of Theology - Page 8 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC toosmallforsupernova.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He never had AIDS. If he did say he had AIDS, he would be confusing the virus with the actual disease (like a lot of people do).
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^ The alliance between Aetna and Magic Johnson hopes to help people in underserved communities better understand their health and health care issues.

[89][90]
.To prevent his HIV infection from becoming AIDS, Johnson takes a daily combination of drugs.^ Where Magic Johnson said he had AIDS. To my knowledge, he has only said he is HIV positive which is not the same thing.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "I had them write down three things they knew about HIV/AIDS. Somebody wrote, 'There's a cure for AIDS. Look at Magic Johnson.'
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some people are HIV positive and for whatever reason do not become infected with full-blown "AIDS".
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[92] .He has advertised GlaxoSmithKline's drugs,[93] and partnered with Abbott Laboratories to publicize the fight against AIDS in African American communities.^ African-American community in the nation at that time.
  • Magic Johnson Talks About Books, Business, Barack and Basketball -- NBA FanHouse 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC nba.fanhouse.com [Source type: General]

^ That's one of the myths Johnson says he will have to dispel if he's going to succeed in perhaps his most ambitious venture of all, a $60 million partnership with the drug firm Abbott that aims to cut AIDS rates among African-Americans by 50% in the next five years.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So I said, “Wow, if African Americans are going but there are no theaters in that community, if I build one, they will come.” And I’m going to help them understand that if violence happens, this theater will close.
  • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

[92]

Career achievements

A display of yellow basketball jerseys bearing the names and uniform numbers of players
Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.
.In 905 NBA games, Johnson scored 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game.^ Most Points - Per Game (Minimum 50 points scored) .
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^ Most Assists - Per Game (Minimum 25 assists) .
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^ He was named the Final Four MVP after putting up 21 points and 7 rebounds per game and leading the team to its first European Championship.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[17] .Johnson shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24),[94] holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21),[94] and has the most playoff assists (2,346).^ He was named the Final Four MVP after putting up 21 points and 7 rebounds per game and leading the team to its first European Championship.
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^ He averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds in two games for ToPo, going a Starks-esque two for 16 from behind the arc, and then put up 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists in his final game for the Sundsvall Dragons.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Was Johnson's most profound impact on the NBA what Halberstam called his "potential for changing the way the game was played," or was it that he was "reassuring" to white fans?
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

[95] .He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127).^ Anyway, The Cooz finished that game with a gaudy 31 points and 29 assists, thereby accounting for 89 of those 173 all by himself.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Meanwhile, Bob Cousy was piling up the assists, and after a while people realized he had a shot at the existing one-game record of 21, held by Richie Guerin of the Knicks.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ SP Game Used All-Star Sigs .
  • MAGIC JOHNSON CARDS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC my.execpc.com [Source type: General]

[94] Johnson introduced a fast-paced style of basketball called "Showtime", described as a mix of "no-look passes off the fastbreak, pin-point alley-oops from halfcourt, spinning feeds and overhand bullets under the basket through triple teams."[4] Fellow Lakers guard Michael Cooper said, "There have been times when [Johnson] has thrown passes and I wasn't sure where he was going. Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must've thrown it through somebody."[4][11] .Johnson was exceptional because he played point guard despite being 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), a size reserved normally for frontcourt players.^ Being tough is sticking to your game plan, playing your game despite whatever is going on around you, despite what they're trying to do to you, despite what this crowd is trying to do to you ...
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ At one point, Magic Johnson told the press he wanted to be traded because of the style of play, and coach Paul Westhead was instantly replaced.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Magic Johnson — Michael Jackson, “Remember the Time:” This must’ve been the moment when Michael Jackson made Magic a better point guard.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[4] He combined the size of a power forward, the one-on-one skills of a swingman, and the ball handling talent of a guard, making him one of the most dangerous triple-double threats of all time; his 138 triple-double games are second only to Oscar Robertson's 181.[96]
For his feats, Johnson was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time by the NBA in 1996,[97] and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.[98] ESPN's SportsCentury ranked Johnson #17 in their "50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century"[99] In 2006, ESPN.com rated Johnson the greatest point guard of all time, stating, "It could be argued that he's the one player in NBA history who was better than Michael Jordan."[5] Several of his achievements in individual games have also been named among the top moments in the NBA.[25][100][101]

Rivalry with Larry Bird

.Johnson and Bird were first linked as rivals after Johnson's Michigan State squad defeated Bird's Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA finals.^ He was named the Final Four MVP after putting up 21 points and 7 rebounds per game and leading the team to its first European Championship.
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.The rivalry continued in the NBA, and reached its climax when Boston and Los Angeles met in three out of four NBA Finals from 1984 to 1987. Johnson asserted that for him, the 82-game regular season was composed of 80 normal games, and two Lakers–Celtics games.^ Los Angeles Lakers (1525) .
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson is also VP and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Earvin "Magic" Johnson . November 17, 2008 | PBS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Los Angeles Lakers (1995 - 1996) Los Angeles Lakers (1994) Los Angeles Lakers (1979 - 1991) .
  • Magic Johnson « Prolebrity 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.prolebrity.com [Source type: General]

Similarly, Bird admitted that Johnson's daily box score was the first thing he checked in the morning.[75]
.Several journalists hypothesized that the Johnson–Bird rivalry was so appealing because it represented many other contrasts, such as the clash between the Lakers and Celtics, between Hollywood flashiness ("Showtime") and Boston/Indiana blue collar grit ("Celtic Pride"), and between blacks and whites.^ X Close On March 26, 1979, Magic Johnson's Michigan State faced Larry Bird's Indiana State in an epic final that changed the NCAA tournament forever.

^ (Bird was doing the same thing contemporaneously with Boston which made for one of the greatest rivalries in sports.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I am not voting for Obama because he is black if he were white I would still vote for him because he is the best candidate, period.
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

[102][103] The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings.[104] .With the two future Hall of Famers, the league won a whole generation of new fans,[105] drawing both traditionalist adherents of Bird's dirt court Indiana game and those appreciative of Johnson's public park flair.^ Was Johnson's most profound impact on the NBA what Halberstam called his "potential for changing the way the game was played," or was it that he was "reassuring" to white fans?
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnson suited up for two games on the Magic Great Danes, averaging 9 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and 9 turnovers.
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^ January 19th, 2008 5:13 am ET MAGIC JOHNSON AND BILL CLINTON; SOMEHOW I FEEL THOSE TWO BELONG TOGETHER. .
  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

.Sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN asserted that Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy.^ Isiah Thomas , Kevin McHale , Larry Bird , Larry Bird's Lesbian Haircut , Magic Johnson , Mark Aguirre , Spaniards love Converse..
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Knicks snub Magic Johnson - NBA - Pro Basketball - Rumors - FanNation FanNation - The Republic of Sport .
  • Knicks snub Magic Johnson - NBA - Pro Basketball - Rumors - FanNation 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.fannation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Basketball History , Larry Bird , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

[11]
.Despite their on-court rivalry, Johnson and Bird became good friends; ironically, they became close during the filming of a 1984 Converse shoe advertisement that depicted them as enemies.^ Johnson five years ago told New York Knicks executives that they should hire Thomas, his good friend.
  • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ Isiah Thomas , Kevin McHale , Larry Bird , Larry Bird's Lesbian Haircut , Magic Johnson , Mark Aguirre , Spaniards love Converse..
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[106][107] .Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony in 1992, and described Bird as a "friend forever";[75] during Johnson's Hall of Fame ceremony, Bird formally inducted his old rival.^ After Clyde Drexler was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, he contemplated coming back as a 42-year-old sixth man.
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[105]

Works

Biographies

Johnson's autobiography is Johnson, Earvin (1992). .Magic Johnson: My Life.^ My personal favorite comeback, and one that doesn’t get mentioned nearly as much as it should, was Magic Johnson ’s return during the 1995/96 season.
  • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Thank you for taking the time to review my Magic Johnson Basketball Cards page.
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^ Where Magic Johnson said he had AIDS. To my knowledge, he has only said he is HIV positive which is not the same thing.
  • Minneapolis radio hosts Baker and Perry are "convinced" that Magic Johnson "faked AIDS" | Media Matters for America 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC mediamatters.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Random House. ISBN 0449222543.
  Other biographies include:
  • Haskins, James (1981). .Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson.^ Himself     - The Arrival (1987) TV episode (as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson) ....
    • Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Himself     - Thirty (1987) TV episode (as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson) ....
    • Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 0-89490-044-7.
     
  • Gutman, Bill (1991). .Magic: More Than a Legend.^ Magic might be the only guy to sleep wiht more women than Bill.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He would, however, give us more joy than he could ever imagine on The Magic Hour .
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    New York, New York: Harper Paperbacks. ISBN 0-06-100542-8.
     
  • Morgan, Bill (1991). .The Magic: Earvin Johnson.^ Himself     - The Arrival (1987) TV episode (as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson) ....
    • Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ With a smile so dazzling it, too, could be seen from the freeway, Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned the Lakers into the must-see show in the sports world.
    • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Himself 2006 Asian Excellence Awards (2006) (TV) (as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson) ....
    • Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ISBN 0-606-01895-6.
     
  • Gutman, Bill (1992). .Magic Johnson: Hero On and Off the Court.^ Sitaram: "you have NO DOUBT that Magic johnson would MOP the court with you...
    • The Magic Johnson of Theology - Page 8 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC toosmallforsupernova.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But because Magic was so tall he was able to at once rebound and then lead the attack up the court without passing off himself.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press. ISBN 1-56294-287-5.
     
  • Johnson, Rick L. (1992). .Magic Johnson: Basketball's Smiling Superstar.^ With a smile so dazzling it, too, could be seen from the freeway, Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned the Lakers into the must-see show in the sports world.
    • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Basketball History , Larry Bird , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Basketball History , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    New York, New York: Dillon Press. ISBN 0-87518-553-3.
     
  • Rozakis, Laurie (1993). .Magic Johnson: Basketball Immortal.^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Basketball History , Larry Bird , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Basketball History , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ January 18th, 2008 7:51 pm ET Magic Johnson was good at basketball.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    Vero Beach, Florida: Rourke Enterprises. ISBN 0-86592-025-7.
     
  • Schwabacher, Martin (1993). .Magic Johnson (Junior World Biographies).^ With a smile so dazzling it, too, could be seen from the freeway, Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned the Lakers into the must-see show in the sports world.
    • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But some little part of me would like the world better if Magic Johnson had stood by his friend.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    New York, New York: Chelsea Juniors. ISBN 0-7910-2038-X.
     
  • Bork, Günter (1994). Die großen Basketball Stars. Copress-Verl. ISBN 3-7679-0369-5.  (German)
  • Frank, Steven (1994). .Magic Johnson (Basketball Legends).^ Magic Johnson was a basketball player not baseball.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Basketball History , Larry Bird , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: Boston Celtics , Basketball History , 2008 Playoffs , Los Angeles Lakers , Henry Abbott , Boston Celtics , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Basketball History , Magic Johnson , Los Angeles Lakers , 2008 Playoffs .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    New York, New York: Chelsea House Publishers. ISBN 0-7910-2430-X.
     
  • Bork, Günter (1995). Basketball Sternstunden. Copress-Verl. ISBN 3-7679-0456-X.  (German)
  • Blatt, Howard (1996). Magic! Against The Odds. New York, New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00301-1. 
  • Rosner, Mark (1999). Michael MacCambridge. ed. .Earvin "Magic" Johnson: The Star of Showtime.^ With a smile so dazzling it, too, could be seen from the freeway, Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned the Lakers into the must-see show in the sports world.
    • Magic Johnson Means Business - LA Times Magazine 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.latimesmagazine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Eddy: OK Sitaram: Lets say that what I AM with regard to theology/philosophy is analogous to some super-star basketball player like Magic Johnson, lets say.
    • The Magic Johnson of Theology - Page 8 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC toosmallforsupernova.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    New York: Hyperion ESPN Books. pp. 251–52.
      (In ESPN SportsCentury)
  • Gottfried, Ted (2001). .Earvin Magic Johnson: Champion and Crusader.^ Earvin"Magic" Johnson .
    • MAGIC JOHNSON CARDS 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC my.execpc.com [Source type: General]

    ^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    New York, New York: F. Watts. ISBN 0-531-11675-1.
     

Instructional

.
  • Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1992).^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Earvin "Magic" Johnson: The NBA's game-changer (Focus On Sport via Getty Images) .
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    .Magic's Touch: From Fundamentals to Fast Break With One of Basketball's All-Time Greats.^ January 19th, 2008 2:35 am ET Well...it's apparent that Magic, while he was a great basketball player, is not very smart.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - ‘Magic’ Johnson to host Clinton bash « - Blogs from CNN.com Not from the U.S.?
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - ‘Magic’ Johnson to host Clinton bash « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com Not from the U.S.?
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. .ISBN 0-201-63222-5. 
  • Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1996).^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
    • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

    ^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
    • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Magic Johnson : After Magic retired from the Lakers for a second time in 1996, he bought and played for Magic M7, a team from the Swedish town of Borås (high-five!
    • www.lowposts.com » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

    What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS. .New York: Times Books.^ His writing has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times.

    ^ He divides his time among Los Angeles, New York, and Nantucket.

    .ISBN 0-8129-2844-X. 
    • Updated version of Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1992).^ January 18th, 2008 9:40 pm ET There is a reason Earvin "Magic" Johnson appears with Bill Clinton more so than Hillary Clinton.
      • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Clinton puts Magic Johnson front and center « - Blogs from CNN.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com [Source type: General]

      ^ About the time Earvin Johnson first took the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, as Halberstam wrote in 1981: Now, after the Laker practice, the press waited for Magic.
      • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Earvin "Magic" Johnson: The NBA's game-changer (Focus On Sport via Getty Images) .
      • Magic Johnson - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

      Unsafe Sex in the Age of AIDS. .New York: Times Books.^ His writing has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times.

      ^ He divides his time among Los Angeles, New York, and Nantucket.

      ISBN 0-8129-2063-5. 

See also

References

  1. ^ NBA Encyclopedia: Playoff Edition and The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists. p. 31. (by Hartman, Steve, and Matt "Money" Smith) give 6 feet, 9 inches.; Basketball-Reference.com gives 6 feet, 8 inches.
  2. ^ NBA Encyclopedia: Playoff Edition and The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists. p. 31. (by Hartman, Steve, and Matt "Money" Smith) give 255 lbs.; Basketball-Reference.com gives 215 lbs.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Givens
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1979
Succeeded by
Darrell Griffith
Preceded by
Mychal Thompson
NBA first overall draft pick
1979 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Joe Barry Carroll
Preceded by
Larry Bird
Michael Jordan
NBA Most Valuable Player
1986–87
1989–90 and 1990–91
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
Karl Malone
Charles Barkley
NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
1990
1992
Succeeded by
Charles Barkley
Karl Malone & John Stockton
Preceded by
Randy Pfund
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
1994
Succeeded by
Del Harris

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

.Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born 1959-08-14) is a former profesional basketball player.^ Johnson was born in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan.
  • Earvin Johnson Jr – FREE Earvin Johnson Jr information | Encyclopedia.com: Find Earvin Johnson Jr research 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: General]

^ Magic the Earvin player..

^ Earvin Magic Johnson provides the.

.He played with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA for all of his 13 seasons and has won five championships.^ Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1996) .
  • Magic Johnson - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ As a player for the Los Angeles Lakers, he was a 12-time All-Star, three-time Most Valuable Player and a winner of five NBA championships.
  • Magic Johnson Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]
  • Magic Johnson Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com Canada 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC ca.askmen.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers also won championships in 1987 and 1988.
  • Magic Johnson Biography - life, family, children, name, history, wife, school, son, information, born, drugs, college, movie, contract, house, time, year 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.notablebiographies.com [Source type: General]

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  • Everyone thought I was going to die like a year later, they didn't know.^ And so they didn't know.
    • CNN.com - Magic Johnson pushes HIV awareness - Nov 24, 2004 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ "Everyone thought I was going to die like a year later," Johnson said.
    • CNN.com - Then & Now: Magic Johnson - Jun 19, 2005 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ I played in the All-Star game -- had a wonderful game and got the MVP. So I think guys said, "OK, he's OK." Because everyone thought I was going to die, like a year later.
    • CNN.com - Magic Johnson pushes HIV awareness - Nov 24, 2004 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    .So I helped educate sports, and then the world, that a man living with HIV can play basketball.^ Johnson, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five National Basketball Association championships in the 1980s, sent ripples through the sports world when he announced his retirement in 1991 at age 32 because he was HIV-positive.
    • Magic Johnson in campaign to end disease in black community 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: News]
    • Magic Johnson in campaign to end disease in black community 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: News]

    ^ As big of a shocking story about a sports figure as when Magic Johnson told the world he was HIV positive to me they were both judge Roberts.
    • Magic Johnson Audio and Video at CBS Radio | play.it 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC multimedia.play.it [Source type: General]

    ^ The man who led the Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s made a basketball comeback in 1992, shortly after playing in the Olympics.
    • USATODAY.com - Ten years after 'it', Magic Johnson thriving 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

    .He's not going to give it to anybody by playing basketball.^ He's not going to give it to anybody by playing basketball."
    • CNN.com - Then & Now: Magic Johnson - Jun 19, 2005 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

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  • Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.
  • I like bubbles and the whole thing.^ This is like that Cosby show where he makes kids say cute things, except Jimmy is asking the children about a golf sex scandal.
    • Magic Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel Live 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC ballhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Magic talks about the things that make a good point guard, like thinking 10 seconds ahead of everyon...
    • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It's not that Johnson doesn't have faith in this Lakers team, or in its ability to defend its NBA championship.
    • Magic Johnson : Magic Johnson News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.chicagotribune.com [Source type: News]
    • Magic Johnson : Magic Johnson News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC topics.latimes.com [Source type: News]
    • Magic Johnson : Magic Johnson News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC topics.latimes.com [Source type: News]

    That's the fun of taking a bath. .On his new Magic's Elixir Bubble Bath.
  • A lot of black guys always ask me, could Larry Bird really play that good?^ I said Larry Bird is so good it's frightening."
    • ESPN.com: Eye for victory 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?'
    • ESPN.com: Eye for victory 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He also states that Magic is being fake by acting like he is friends with co-author Larry Bird when he hated him when they were players.
    • TMOTTMedia » Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC tmottgogo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I would say man Larry Bird was so good...^ I said Larry Bird is so good it's frightening."
    • ESPN.com: Eye for victory 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Magic Johnson" /> Hall of Famer and ESPN NBA analyst Magic Johnson talks about his new book with Larry Bird and says m...
    • Magic Johnson Bio - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

    ^ NBA. In fact, he says if the league approves the initiative, he and Larry Bird would be the first in line to support it.
    • SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Magic Johnson 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC sports.surfwax.com [Source type: General]

    it was frightnening.
  • When I played, the only one I feared was Larry Bird.
  • It's almost like we have ESPN
  • Ask not what your team can do for you, ask what you can do for your team.

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