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    Magic Johnson

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    "Earvin Johnson" redirects here. For the NBA center, see Ervin Johnson.

    Magic Johnson

    Johnson in 2022

    Personal information

    Born August 14, 1959 (age 62)

    Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

    Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

    Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)[1]

    Career information

    High school Everett (Lansing, Michigan)

    College Michigan State (1977–1979)

    NBA draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall

    Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers

    Playing career 1979–1991, 1996, 1999–2000

    Position Point guard

    Number 32 Career history As player:

    1979–1991, 1996 Los Angeles Lakers

    1999–2000 Magic M7 Borås

    2000 Magic Great Danes

    As coach:

    1994 Los Angeles Lakers

    Career highlights and awards

    5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)

    3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)

    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)

    12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)

    2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)

    9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)

    All-NBA Second Team (1982)

    NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)

    4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)

    2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)

    J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992)

    IBM Award (1984)

    NBA Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)

    NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)

    No. 32 retired by Los Angeles Lakers

    NCAA champion (1979)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979)

    Consensus first-team All-American (1979)

    Second-team All-American – NABC (1978)

    Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1978)

    2× First-team All-Big Ten (1978, 1979)

    No. 33 retired by Michigan State Spartans

    First-team All-American (1977)

    McDonald's All-American (1977)

    Mr. Basketball of Michigan (1977)

    Career NBA statistics

    Points 17,707 (19.5 ppg)

    Rebounds 6,559 (7.2 rpg)

    Assists 10,141 (11.2 apg)

    Stats  at NBA.com

    Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

    Basketball Hall of Fame as player

    College Basketball Hall of Fame

    Inducted in 2006 hide Medals Men's basketball

    Representing the  United States

    Olympic Games

    1992 Barcelona Men's basketball

    FIBA Americas Championship

    1992 Portland Men's basketball

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Often regarded as the greatest point guard of all time,[2][3] Johnson played 13 seasons for the Lakers and was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

    Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, 12 All-Star games, and 10 All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.[4] Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"), which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that traveled around the world playing exhibition games.[5]

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

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

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    Magic Johnson: The NBA Finals rookie record that still stands today

    Johnson helped the Lakers win the NBA championship in his first season after turning in a legendary performance.

    Magic Johnson: The NBA Finals rookie record that still stands today

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    Magic Johnson had perhaps one of the best performances ever as a rookie to help the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers to win the 1980 NBA Championship.

    Johnson started at center in place of the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 and scored 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists during the 123-107 win. The 42 points scored by Johnson were the most ever by a rookie in the NBA, a record that still stands today.

    Johnson went on to win the Finals MVP that year, though he lost the Rookie of the Year trophy to Larry Bird. With Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson willed the Lakers to victory in just his first season in the NBA.

    40 years ago today, Magic Johnson scores 42 pts as a rookie (most in NBA history) while starting at center in place of the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers claim the 1980 NBA Championship with a 123-107 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia in Game 6 of the '80 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/9fYIJVPpHH

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2020

    The performance by Johnson would solidify his place among the best in the NBA in only his first season with the Lakers. Of course, he would go on to win five NBA titles and become one of the best players in history.

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    Basketball great, Magic Johnson, plays center as a rookie, wins championships

    On May 16, 1980, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points, leading the Lakers

    Year 1980 Month Day May 16

    Basketball great, Magic Johnson, plays center as a rookie, wins championships

    On May 16, 1980, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points, leading the Lakers to a four games-to-two series win over the Philadelphia 76ers for their first championship since 1972.

    In 1979, Magic had led Michigan State to the NCAA title over Larry Bird’s Indiana State in the most-watched college final ever. That fall, he was drafted by the Lakers as the first overall pick. In 1980, his rookie season, the Lakers went 60-22, a 13-game improvement from their 47-35 mark the year before. That year, Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and was named Most Valuable Player of the regular season.

    In the playoffs, the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns four games to one to advance to the Western Conference finals against the defending champion Seattle Supersonics. After losing a close first game, the Lakers went up 3-1 in the series. At halftime of the deciding fifth game, the normally silent Abdul-Jabbar gave an angry pep talk, urging his team to pick up their play and finish off the Sonics. Abdul-Jabbar finished that game with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocked shots while Magic Johnson, playing with a 101-degree fever, racked up a triple-double. The 111-105 victory catapulted the Lakers into the NBA finals.

    In the finals, the Lakers met the Philadelphia 76ers, led by forwards Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Darryl Dawkins, defensive specialist Bobby Jones and guards Maurice Cheeks and Doug Collins. Abdul-Jabbar dominated the first five games of the finals, averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds per game, as the Lakers went up 3-2 in the series. When he twisted an ankle in Game 5, even the Lakers front office assumed that the team would travel without their star center to Philadelphia and lose Game 6, a fact made evident by the team’s decision not to take their celebratory champagne with them to Philly.

    No one expected that Magic, at 6 feet 9 inches the tallest point guard in league history, would so easily make the transition to center. Magic rang up 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lakers to victory and was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, the first of three such awards in his career. The Lakers went on to dominate the NBA, winning a total of five championships in the 1980s.

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