Magic Johnson

American professional basketball player

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Magic Johnson: American professional basketball player
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. 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. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.


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Magic Johnson to provide $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses

Magic Johnson said company for which he owns a majority will be giving $100M donation in capital to fund loans for minority women-owned businesses. - Published

Magic Johnson compares HIV and coronavirus pandemic misconceptions and impact on black community

In a lengthy interview on CNN, Magic Johnson drew parallels between HIV and COVID-19 and lamented the impact both have on African-Americans. - Published

Magic Johnson: 'It will take years to get over' Kobe Bryant's death

Magic Johnson said 'it will take years to get over" the deaths of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. - Published

NBA All-Star Game opens with emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

Magic Johnson addressed the crowd and Jennifer Hudson performed a rendition of "For All We Know" to honor the late Kobe Bryant at the All-Star Game. - Published

Magic Johnson on Kobe Bryant death: 'I'm in disbelief and have been crying all morning'

Former Lakers star and executive Magic Johnson says he and his wife, Cookie, "are heartbroken" over the death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. - Published

Lakers' Jeanie Buss backs Rob Pelinka, calls Magic Johnson's resignation 'surprising'

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss says she was caught off guard by Magic Johnson's abrupt resignation from the team in April. - Published

How Magic Johnson, LaVar Ball and others reacted to Lakers' blockbuster Anthony Davis trade

Lakers legend Magic Johnson loved Saturday's Anthony Davis deal, tweeting congratulations to owner Jeanie Buss for making it happen. - Published

Mayor Larry Bird 'literally rooted against Larry Bird his whole career'

There is a mayor in Hesperia, California named Larry Bird and he has rooted against Larry Bird — and for Magic Johnson — his entire life. - Published