Magic Johnson is one of the most popular NBA stars ever. He dominated the league in the ’80s with the Lakers, and then he became a successful businessman after his NBA career ended. In retirement, Magic launched businesses and new hobbies. An interest Johnson is obsessed with involves tweeting. Read on to learn why Magic left a Lakers job to put more time into his Twitter account.
Dominating the NBA in the ’80s
Magic Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan, on August 14, 1959. He played basketball at Michigan State University for two seasons before leaving the Spartans in the 1979 NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 point guard spent the entirety of his 13-season NBA career with the Lakers. These seasons were nothing short of a fairytale for LA.
The Lakers dominated the league throughout the ’80s, collecting five NBA championships. During his playing career, Magic earned many accolades and averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game, according to Basketball-Reference.
Magic played 12 seasons with the Lakers from 1979-91. After an HIV diagnosis in 1991, Magic took four seasons off to manage his illness. He made a comeback, playing for the Lakers once again during the 1995-96 season. Then Johnson retired. Luckily for him, success still found him off the court.
Johnson thrives post-NBA
Johnson’s magic touch has far exceeded the basketball court. Since retiring from the game, Magic has found success in a number of business opportunities.
Johnson founded his investment company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, in 1987, reports ABC News. The company has only grown since its founding, operating companies ranging from 24-Hour Fitness centers, Starbucks, T.G.I. Friday’s, Sodexo, Burger King, movie theaters, and stakes in the Lakers.
Even with his business endeavors, Magic found time for the Lakers. In 2017, the Lakers named Johnson the President of the Basketball Operations. However, he only held this job for two years before stepping down in 2019. As it turns out, part of the reason Magic vacated his position in lA was to focus more on his Twitter account.
Magic’s tweet game could use some work
While Magic loves his Twitter account, his tweet game could use some work. Depending on your perspective, Johnson either has one of the best or worst NBA Twitter accounts. Fans have said Magic’s tweets seem to come from someone who thinks they’re the only one with a television.
Some people are into these types of lukewarm Twitter takes. However, most people seek something a little more exciting. In essence, Magic’s tweet game might need a little refining.
Johnson has made it known that he loves his Twitter account, but the real kicker is that he’s not even the one sending out his own Tweets. He recently revealed on Rob Lowe’s podcast, Literally!, that he has a person who posts his tweets for him. Magic revealed, “I have somebody write them out. I tell them what I want to say, and they write them.”
This is definitely an interesting reveal as Johnson’s tweets consist of random exclamation marks and questionable punctuation methods. He didn’t reveal who his Twitter ghostwriter is, but whoever they are, they certainly have an interesting gig working with a former NBA star.