Magic Johnson

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Date of Birth August 14, 1959
Place of Birth Lansing, Michigan
Age 61 years old
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Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. 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.

Born: August 14, 1959, Lansing, Michigan
Nationality: American
Listed height: 6 ft 9 in
Listed weight: 220 lb
High school: Everett (Lansing, Michigan)
College: Michigan State (1977–1979)
NBA draft: Round: 1 / Pick: 1, Los Angeles Lakers
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About Magic Johnson

Five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP and three-time NBA MVP who spent his entire 13-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named to 12 NBA All-Star games and led the league in assists four times. His performance in the 1992 All-Star game following his HIV diagnosis earned him the game's MVP Award.

Before Fame

Upon attending Michigan State University, his main passion was to become a TV commentator.

Achievement

At 6'9" he was known for his remarkable versatility, able to play every position on the court from point guard to center. His HIV diagnosis was instrumental in breaking stereotypes about HIV being a "gay disease."

Family Life

He married Cookie Kelly, with whom he has a son named EJ and an adopted daughter named Elisa. He also has a son named Andre through his relationship with Melissa Mitchell.

Associations

He admired Michael Jordan and his basketball talent, especially after he was beaten by his Chicago Bulls in five games in the 1991 NBA Finals.

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