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Magic Johnson
Johnson in 2007
Personal information
Born August 14, 1959 (1959-08-14) (age 61)
Lansing, Michigan
Nationality American
High school Everett (Lansing, Michigan)
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College Michigan State (1977–1979)
NBA Draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1979–1991, 1996
Career history
As player:
1979–1991, 1996 Los Angeles Lakers
1999–2000 Magic M7 Borås
2000 Magic Great Danes
As coach:
1994 Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As a player:
  • NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
  • 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)
  • 9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1982)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)
  • 4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)
  • 2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992)
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • No. 32 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • NCAA champion (1979)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1979)
  • Second-team All-American – NABC (1978)
  • Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1978)
  • No. 33 retired by Michigan State Spartans
Career statistics
Points 17,707 (19.5 ppg)
Rebounds 6,559 (7.2 rpg)
Assists 10,141 (11.2 apg)

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. Although Johnson was a versatile player who played all five positions occasionally, he is considered by many to be the greatest point guard, passer and playmaker in the history of the game.

In 1991, Johnson made public that he had been diagnosed with HIV. He is a supporter of AIDS prevention.

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.

On February 21, 2017, Johnson replaced Jim Buss as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. On April 9, 2019, Johnson resigned from his role as president of basketball operations of the Lakers wishing to return to his role of NBA ambassador.

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