Magic Johnson facts for kids
Magic Johnson (right) with Nancy Pelosi in 2003
|Point guard/Power forward|
|Born||August 14, 1959
Lansing, Michigan, United States
|NBA Draft||1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Rebounds||6,559 (7.2 rpg)|
|Assists||10,141 (11.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan) is an American retired NBA basketball player. He won the NBA Championship in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988 all with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played college basketball at Michigan State University where he developed a rivalry and friendship with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird when he faced him in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship games.
In 1992, Johnson was a member of the United States men's national basketball team. That team won an Olympic gold medal.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Images for kids
Johnson (right) battles Boston's Cedric Maxwell in 1985 NBA Finals
Johnson and Mayor Richard Riordan in 1995
Johnson giving a speech at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013.
Magic Johnson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.
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