Former NBA Los Angeles Lakers superstar Magic Johnson attending the Governor Awards in Hollywood, California
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After growing up in Lansing, Michigan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. took his basketball talent to Michigan State University. He reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight and the championship game in his two respective years with the Spartans and then declared for the 1979 NBA Draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers took Johnson with the first overall pick, setting into motion 13 seasons with the franchise. Considered one of the best point guards of all time, Magic won five championships and an NBA Finals MVP with the Showtime Lakers. Following an HIV diagnosis in 1991, he retired from the NBA to address his health. Johnson did represent the United States at the 1992 Olympics, winning a gold medal with the Dream Team. After returning to the Lakers for one season, he retired for the final time in 1996.

In 2002, Johnson entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both an NBA player and member of the Olympic Dream Team. He served as the Lakers’ President of Basketball Operations from 2017 to 2019. The now-62-year-old continues to advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safety.

  • Former teams: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Position: Point guard, shooting guard, and power forward
  • Height: 6’9″
  • Accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, and 2002 Hall of Fame induction
  • Drafted: No. 1 overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Shoots: Right
  • Nicknames: Magic, The Magic Man, Tragic, E.J. the Deejay

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