Magic Johnson

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
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Full Name: Earvin Johnson
Profession: NBA Legend

United States of America

Biography: Basketball legend who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA for 13 seasons.

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.

Born: August 14, 1959
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, USA
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Leo

Married Life

  • 1991-09-15 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly

Historical Events

  • 1979-03-24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts
  • 1979-03-26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball
  • 1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102
  • 1980-05-29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year
  • 1990-02-11 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F
  • 1991-04-15 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898
  • 1991-11-07 Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers
  • 1992-02-09 42nd NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 153-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F
  • 1992-02-16 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform
  • 1992-08-08 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing
  • 1992-09-29 Magic Johnson announces return to play basketball (he doesn't)
  • 1996-03-07 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists
  • 1999-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building
  • 2019-04-07 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix

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