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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 August 1959Lansing, Michigan, USA
Birth NameEarvin Johnson
Nicknames Magic
Buck
Height 6' 9" (2.06 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Magic Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Earvin Johnson. He is a producer and actor, known for Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010), The NBA on TNT (1988) and Michael Jordan: Air Time (1993). He has been married to Cookie Johnson since September 14, 1991. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Cookie Johnson (14 September 1991 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Professional basketball player
On 7 November 1991 he shocked the nation by announcing he was HIV-positive and that after twelve years with the Lakers he would retire immediately from the game of basketball.
Founded a chain of movie theatres, Magic Johnson Theatres, located in inner-city neighborhoods.
Still plays basketball regularly.
Has retired from basketball on three different occasions. The last time following the 1995-1996 season, which was the season before the L.A. Lakers got Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Played for Michigan State University (Lansing, MI), 1977-1979. NCAA Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1979). The Sporting News All-America First Team (1979). All-America twice (1978-1979). All-Big Ten twice (1978-1979). Inducted into Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame (1992).
Played for the Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1980 through 1990-1991, 1995-1996). Los Angeles Lakers franchise all-time assists leader with 10,141 and all-time steals leader with 1,724. Named NBA MVP three times (1987, 1989, 1990). IBM Award for all-around contributions to team's success (1994). All-NBA First Team nine times (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991) and Second Team once (1982). NBA All-Rookie Team (1982). J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992). Selected first overall in 1979 NBA Draft. Led NBA with 3.43 steals per game (1981) and 2.67 steals per game (1982). Holds career record for highest assists per game average with 11.2. Shares career record for most consecutive seasons leading league in steals with 2. NBA Finals MVP three times (1980, 1982, 1987). Holds career playoff record for most assists (2,346). Holds NBA Finals single-series record for highest assist per game average with 14.0 in 1985; and highest assists per game average by a rookie with 8.7 in 1980.
Holds NBA Finals single-game records for most points by a rookie with 42 on May 6, 1980 vs. Philadelphia; and most assists in one half with 14 on June 19, 1988 vs. Detroit. Shares NBA Finals single-game record for most assists in one quarter with 8 (he did in four times). Holds single-series playoff record for highest assists per game average with 17.0 in 1985. Shares single-game playoff records for most free throws made in one half with 19 on May 8, 1991 vs. Golden State; most assists with 24 on May 15, 1984 vs. Phoenix; and most assists in one half with 15 on May 3, 1985 vs. Portland. NBA All-Star twelve times (1980, 1982-1992). NBA All-Star MVP twice (1990, 1992). NBA All-Star-Holds career record for most assists with 127; holds career record for most three-point field goals made with 10; and hold single game record for most assists with 22 (1984, OT).

Broadcaster, NBC Sports (1992 through 1994). Vice President, Los Angeles Lakers (1994-1995 to present). Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history (1996).
Head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers (1993-1994) (5-13).
Member of U.S. Olympic gold medal team (1992).
Johnson carried his friendly rivalry with Larry Bird from college to the pros.
Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
Nicknamed "Magic" by sportswriter Fred Stabley, Jr. during his career at Everett High School (Lansing, Michigan)
Children: Earvin III (b. 4 June 1992), daughter Elisa, adopted in January 1995, by wife Cookie. He also has a son, Andre.
Attended Everett High School in Lansing, MI.
As of 2007, his net worth has been estimated at $900 million.
Won the national championship with the Michigan State Spartans in 1979.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson is the only NBA rookie to date to receive the Finals MVP Award. He was 20 years old and the year was 1980.
Became co-owner, with Peter Guber, Mark Walter and Stan Kasten, of MLB's L.A. Dodgers with a bid of $2.15 billion [May 3, 2012].

Personal Quotes (95)

As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.
If you're a competitive person, that stays with you. You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.
God blessed me with two unbelievable parents, and I am just like both of them. I have the smile and charisma of my mother and the big heart of my mom, because she wants to save the world and help the world, so I am just like her.
I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.
The best doctors and medicine in the world can't save you if you don't do what you're supposed to do.
When I first found out I had HIV, I had to find somebody who was living with it, who could help me understand my journey and what I was going to have to deal with day-to-day. I found out that a person named Elizabeth Frazier was living with AIDS at the time, and so I called her up, and she took a meeting with me.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
Everyone thought I was going to die like a year later, they didn't know. So I helped educate sports, and then the world, that a man living with HIV can play basketball. He's not going to give it to anybody by playing basketball.
Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could've had.
I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don't let anyone tell you you can't. If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.
You can't get AIDS from a hug or a handshake or a meal with a friend.
I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.
I like things going on in my life. I don't want to be on a beach somewhere just relaxing.
My father was a great example of a strong and good man and Christian man, and my mother taught all my six sisters how to be young ladies and mothers and how to take care of your family. And so I think they were - they still are - great examples for all of us to their kids and to the world, too.
I look three to five years ahead, not 10 years behind.
Magic is crazy. He is that crazy wild guy on the basketball court that is very intense and very serious. He is the guy who lives and eats and breathes basketball. Magic is a guy who would stand for nothing but winning and really prepared himself as well as he prepared his team. Earvin is the complete opposite.
I'll hear people say every so often that having HIV must not be so bad - 'Just look at Magic and how well he's doing.'
To me, everything is wonderful. Life is wonderful.
I tell people to look at me and understand that everybody first told me that I couldn't be a 6-foot, 9-inch point guard, and I proved them wrong. Then they told me I couldn't be a businessman and make money in urban America, and I proved them wrong. And they thought I couldn't win all these championships, and I proved them wrong there as well.
Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.
If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I'm going to show everybody, I'm going to work hard to get better and better.
I'm gonna love my son until the end.
I'm not cured, but the HIV is asleep deep in my body.
Magic is crazy. He is that crazy wild guy on the basketball court that is very intense and very serious. He is the guy who lives and eats and breathes basketball.
I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.
When you think about the NASCAR brand, it resonates everywhere. They have the No. 1 sports brand.
Young people want you to be real with them.
I often tell people when you make a mistake, you not only hurt yourself, but you hurt the ones that love you.
I guess when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.
I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.
When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team. No one can do every deal alone.
I'm a businessman, and what I know is numbers and business.
People see me high-fivin' and smiling on the court, and they don't think that's me. But it is. I just want to go out and be myself.
People don't stop eating, and they don't stop drinking coffee.
Life doesn't stop because something happens to you.
I like to take walks in the park by myself, where no one can bother me and I can think.
A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?' I said, 'Larry Bird is so good it's frightening.'
Every kid, every minority kid can be so successful if they focus on their education.
The important thing is this Just because I'm doing well doesn't mean that they're going to do well if they get HIV. A lot of people have died since I have announced. This disease is not going anywhere.
I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers' duel.
I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.
I'm glad that Gov. Scott down in Florida accepted ObamaCare, because it will work.
All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.
I'm the biggest music lover in the world. I mean, I have seen everybody. I went on tour with Michael Jackson and the Jacksons four or five times.
I don't care who is attacking my son. I still support him; I still love him.
I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man; I am a vegetable man, anyway.
My first and only experience in baseball, the coach signed me up; he didn't tell me there's a thing called the curveball. I didn't know that. So the ball's coming at me and I start backing out, and then it broke inside. And the umpire says, 'Strike one!' And I'm saying, 'How is that a strike? It almost hit me!'
The first year was hard for me to deal with. The second year was a little bit easier, but still difficult. It took me five years to get it out of me. It was a difficult moment, a difficult time.
My diet is mostly chicken and fish. I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man, I am a vegetable man anyway. And I also get a lot of rest. That's the key I may be up early, but I'm in bed early too.
You know I was a shy guy and people didn't know that and still don't know it today. I'm sure basketball brought my shyness out because of the fact that you have to do interviews, and that people are always talking to you in terms of the fans and everything.
The audience likes their emotions to be touched. They want to laugh and cry and feel good.
A woman always remembers. Remember that.
I am and will always be a Laker for life.
I'm the one who will take chances, not worry about the backlash.
For a long time, I'd work until 10 or 11. When I work, I'm on. I'm 'Magic.' I love it, but it takes a lot out of me.
I'm far from being a homosexual.
The gay community has taken care of their issues and problems in terms of HIV/AIDS. They have done an incredible job. We as heterosexuals need to learn from the gay community because they have rallied together. They have sent a lot of information out there. They go get tested.
I'm building shopping centers and movie theaters in the inner cities. So that means supplying jobs and letting blacks understand that we have to build our communities back, not looking to anybody else.
Urban America is like a foreign country in a sense.
My dad was my hero. And I got my personality from my mother.
ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working.
Magic is who I am on the basketball court. Earvin is who I am.
I try to hire people I don't have to motivate. But I do motivate the people working with and for me.
When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.
I've always been a leader my whole life. I've always led. I didn't know how to do anything else.
No one plans to get sick or hurt - I certainly didn't - but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.
I met wonderful people playing in the NBA. Whether it is the officials, the scorekeepers, all the people who work for the NBA, not just for the Lakers, but I'm talking about just for the league itself.
I'm the one who started redevelopment in South Los Angeles, not Jan Perry. I did it. I love Jan. She's a good person, and she did a wonderful job with what she did downtown, but in L.A., South L.A., I'm the one.
I want to be here for a long time, so I am going to do everything I have to do to be here. And I want to walk my daughter down the aisle and give her away to somebody some day. I want to make sure I am still here to make sure my two young sons become men.
I do not have bad days. I don't wake up in the morning and think that I'm going to get AIDS. I don't dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I'd be giving in to the negativity.
I got blessed from my mom. She's the personality; she's the one who smiled, so I took on part of her, and who also wanted to help and save the world. Then I took on part of my dad, who is tough.
I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and now to be an owner of the Dodgers is amazing.
I love putting people to work of color.
I get up 5:30-6 every morning. I'm in the gym. I run a couple miles.
When I grew up, my family, we sat down, all of us to watch 'Good Times,' 'Sanford and Son,' all those shows that were out at that time.
The real story is that I had unprotected sex. That's that. That's easy.
My having HIV has no bearing on my business.
My father is my idol, so I always did everything like him. He used to work two jobs and still come home happy every night.
My work ethic is from sports.
I respect women to the utmost.
I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I'm going to work toward those goals.
Athletes don't like to get up early, but it never bothered me.
When a woman is frustrated, and it's your wife, you as the husband get that frustration.
Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
Sometimes friends move apart from each other for whatever reason.
It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.
I'm from there. You know, when you grow up with these people and see them every day and then you look at the numbers it was easy; it was a no-brainer. And when Sony took a look, it was a no-brainer to them, too.
I thank Him every chance I get - on my knees praying.
My family is a praying family, a Christian family.
Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage.
My dad worked two jobs his whole life, and so I told him he's the reason I have 20 jobs.

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