Johnson earned his nickname of Magic in high school, both for his flamboyant passing style and winning ways. While not known as an exceptional scorer, Magic excelled in all facets of the game. In different periods in his career, he led the league in assists and steals. He led the Lakers in scoring three times (1987, 1989, 1990), in rebounding twice (1982, 1983. His unselfish playmaking and dazzling no-look passes on the fast break ushered in the Showtime era of Laker basketball in the 80s.
Outside of basketball, Johnson is probably most famous for his public announcement of November 7, 1991. He announced in a TV conference that he had contracted the virus HIV and would retire from basketball. The public announcement by a prominent and popular athlete shocked the nation into awareness about the AIDS epidemic and helped put the virus into the public eye.
His post-basketball business ventures include Magic Johnson Theatres, a nationwide chain of movie theaters whose complexes are primarily in urban locations. The chain is now a part of Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc, but is operated as a separate entity.
Magic Johnson Facts
|Birth Name||Earvin Johnson|
|Birthday||August 14, 1959 (61)|
|Birthplace||Lansing, Michigan, USA|
|Height||6' 9" (2m6) How tall is Magic Johnson compared to you?|
|Magic Johnson: Always Showtime|
|Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals|
|Crime and Punishment|
|NBA Hardwood Classics: Guts and Glory|
|The Magic Lamp|
|The Magic Words / Litterbot|
|The Magic Caboose / BJ the Great|