Full Name: Earvin Johnson Jr.
Position: Point guard
Jersey Number: 32
Birth date: August 14, 1959
Place of Birth: Lansing, MI, USA
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (1979-80 / 1990-91 and 1995-95)
NBA Seasons: 13
Team Titles won:
Personal Titles and Awards:
NBA Regular Season MVP: 3 - 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90
1980 - In game 5 of the NBA finals, Lakers top scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar injured his ankle and was sidelined for game 6. The 20-year old point guard Magic Johnson had the size to replace him... and the talent. Magic made a legendary performance with 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals to give the Lakers the championship and became the first rookie ever to get the Finals MVP.
1985 - Guided by Magic's performance in the playoffs (17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 15.2 assists) and by Abdul-Jabbar's MVP performance in the finals, the Lakers finally got a championship with the Celtics as the other finalist. The Celtics had won their previous 8 finals against the Lakers. Jerry West, at that moment the Lakers General Manager, surely enjoyed it, he lost 6 finals in the hands of the legendary Red Auerbach's Celtics.
1987 - The Boston Garden and another NBA Finals against the Celtics were the witnesses of another magic moment: The winning basket of game 4, also known as the "baby-hook" shot. Magic's own version of Abdul-Jabbar sky hook in front of the opposition of the arms of three Hall of Famers, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.
Other interesting information: Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world before the 1991-92 NBA season with the announcement of his retirement because he had tested positive for HIV virus. He reappeared in the All-star game that season and won the MVP. Later he was a member of the 1992 Dream Team in Barcelona, made a 16-game interim replacement as a coach for the Lakers in 1994 and made a final comeback as a player in the 1995-96 season and playoffs.
Magic currently enjoys his good health and his businessman profession. Among other activities he owns a chain of theaters in minority neighborhoods in Los Angeles and other cities and is a minority owner of the Lakers where he is also a vice president.
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