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Magic Johnson Birthday: Some Interesting Facts about an American former professional basketball player



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Enchantment Johnson, by name of Earvin Johnson, Jr., (born August 14, 1959, Lansing, Michigan, U.S.), American basketball player who led the National Basketball Association (NBA) Los Angeles Lakers to five championships.

The son of an autoworker, Johnson acquired his nickname “Magic” in high school for his creative and entertaining ballhandling. He was an extreme competitor who led his high school team to a state championship in 1977 and led Michigan State University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 1979 — giving Larry Bird and Indiana State its just loss of that season. Johnson left Michigan State after his sophomore season and was chosen by the Lakers with the first by and large pick in the 1979 NBA draft.

Magic Johnson’s Career

Magic Johnson was drafted first in general by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. After a decent show in the underlying seasons, he signed a 25-year, $25-million contract with the Lakers.

He performed extremely well in the 1981-82 season and found the middle value of 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and a league-high 2.7 steals per game and was voted a member of the All-NBA Second Team.

Magic Johnson found the middle value of 18.3 points, 12.6 bits of help, and 6.2 rebounds per game in the 1984-85 standard season and led the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals. The Lakers faced the Boston Celtics in the finals and Johnson, alongside Abdul-Jabbar led the team to victory.

He registered a career-high of 23.9 points, as well as 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game in the 1986-87 season. The Lakers faced the Celtics by and by in the 1987 NBA Finals, and Johnson played the game-winning shot and was awarded a Finals MVP title.

Magic Johnson’s extraordinary structure went on throughout the following couple of years and he scored 22.5 focuses, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game in the 1988-89 NBA season. By and by the Lakers arrived at the NBA Finals in 1989, yet a physical issue got Johnson far from the activity, and his team lost to the Pistons.

An incident in 1991 changed his life perpetually — he was diagnosed to have HIV infection. He publicly announced his diagnosis and chose to retire. Regardless of his retirement, he decided to contend in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the US basketball team. The team dominated the competition and won the gold medal with an 8-0 record.

After his retirement, Magic Johnson wrote a book on safe sex and maintained a few businesses. Nonetheless, his adoration for basketball made him return to the NBA as the coach of the Lakers close to the furthest limit of the 1993-94 NBA season. At first, he made a little progress as the coach, and the team played well under him, yet later the team went through a ten-game losing streak following which he resigned as the coach.

Magic Johnson made a comeback as a player by re-joining the Lakers during the 1995-96 NBA season. In February, he scored 15 points, alongside 10 rebounds and 13 assists victory against the Atlanta Hawks. He found the middle value of 14.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game in 32 games in the season. He then, at that point, retired for good following the season.

Awards & Achievements

In 1979, he was named the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Magic Johnson won the Most Valuable Player Award three times (1987, 1989, 1990).

The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award was bestowed upon him in 1992.

Magic Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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