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Magic Johnson

Retired NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 to Earvin Sr. and Christine Johnson in Lansing, MI. Johnson is a Laker for life. After winning the NCAA Championship for the Michigan State Spartans, he was drafted by the Los Angeles-based team as the #1 pick that same year. This proved to be a match made in basketball heaven. Johnson won five NBA Championships with the Lakers and was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player three times in 1987, 1989, and 1990. The athletic superstar was at the top of his game when he suddenly shocked the world on November 7, 1991 by announcing he tested positive for HIV and would be retiring from the Lakers. He did, however, suit up in the red, white, and blue to represent Team USA as a member of the Olympic gold medal winning “Dream Team” in Barcelona. The Lakers retired his #32 jersey in 1992 and hired him to replace Randy Pfund as the team’s head couch in 1993 to finish out the season. In 2004, a statue of Johnson was erected in front of Staples Center, the arena where the Lakers play games. Johnson went down in history in 2002 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His accolades did not end there. Johnson was honored with the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award in 2014. He’s served as a NBA analyst for TNT and ESPN. He returned home to the Lakers organization as the President of Basketball Operations. At one point, he owned 4% of the team, but sold his share in 2010. He also has a stake in the Los Angeles Football Club (soccer), LA Dodgers, and LA Sparks. He’s turned his success and business savvy into partnership deals with TGI Fridays, 24 Hour Fitness, Starbucks, AMC Theatres, and Pepsi, just to name a few. He’s also invested in several tech start-up companies. Johnson settled down in 1991 when he wed college sweetheart Earletha “Cookie” Kelly. Weeks after they became husband and wife, Johnson was given his devastating HIV diagnosis. She stood by his side and he spoiled her with a lavish, over-the-top 25 anniversary party in September 2016. The couple has two children together. Their son, Earvin “EJ” Johnson III, was born in 1992. He came out as gay at age 13 and stars on “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.” They adopted daughter Elisa in 1994. Johnson also has an older son, Andre, born in 1981, from a previous relationship. The former baller uses his notoriety as a platform to educate people on HIV with his organization, Magic Johnson Foundation.

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Magic Johnson: I'm Buying Lonzo AND LaMelo Ball's Shoes!!

Magic Johnson
I'm Buying Lonzo & LaMelo's Shoes!!

Magic Johnson is all about the Balls ... so much that he says he's willing to shell out nearly $1,000 for both Lonzo AND LaMelo's signature sneakers!! The Lakers Prez was leaving… READ MORE >

Summer Olympics Go Hollywood, L.A. Gets 2028 Games

Summer Olympics
Go Hollywood L.A. Gets 2028 Games

Traffic is gonna be soooo bad.  The International Olympic Committee has officially announced what was all expected ... the 2028 Olympic Games will go down in Los Angeles.  Several… READ MORE >

- 66 days ago
Magic Johnson Speaks On Lakers Tampering Fine, Paul George

Magic Johnson
Tamperin', Schmamperin' ... 'The Lakers Are GOOD!!'

Magic Johnson was lookin' like a million bucks (minus $500k) Wednesday night ... but the Lakers Prez ain't sweatin' his first fine as an NBA exec. ... telling TMZ Sports his team is doing great.… READ MORE >

- 72 days ago
Magic Johnson Wraps Up $3 Million Yacht Vacation, Gifts Lakers Jerseys to Crew

Magic Johnson
Wraps Up $3 Million Yacht Vacation ... Gifts Lakers Jerseys to Crew

It's finally over ... Magic Johnson's month-long European vacation on a super pimped out mega-yacht is ending -- and all it cost him was about $3 MILLION!!! As we previously reported, Magic flew… READ MORE >

- 80 days ago
Magic Johnson Entering 18th Day On $700,000-Per-Week Yacht!

Magic Johnson
Entering 18th Day On $700k-Per-Week Yacht

BALLLLLLLLLLLIN'!!!!! Magic Johnson has upgraded in a big way ... going from a $500k-per-week yacht to a $700k-per-week yacht -- and he's about to complete his 3RD WEEK on the floating… READ MORE >

- 92 days ago
James Worthy Compares Lonzo Ball to Magic Johnson

James Worthy
Compares Lonzo to Magic

James Worthy on Lonzo Ball -- "He enhances everybody on the court. We haven't had someone with that type of talent really since Magic." "Big Game James" just dished out some serious praise to… READ MORE >

- 98 days ago
Magic Johnson: Dodgers Will Win World Series, 'This Is Our Year'

Magic Johnson
Dodgers Will Win World Series 'This Is Our Year'

Magic Johnson ain't mincing his words -- guaranteeing his L.A. Dodgers are going ALL THE WAY this year and winning the World Series.  Magic grabbed the mic at Clayton Kershaw's Ping Pong 4… READ MORE >

- 113 days ago
Cookie Johnson Says Lonzo Ball Can Be The Next Magic Johnson

Cookie Johnson
Lonzo Can Be The Next Magic ... Lakers Are Back!!

Good news Laker fans ... a new era of Showtime could be right around the corner, that's according to Magic Johnson's wife, Cookie, who says Lonzo Ball has what it takes to be the next Magic.… READ MORE >

- 123 days ago
Magic Johnson Says LaVar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner

Magic Johnson
Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How

Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing. Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN… READ MORE >

- 177 days ago
Byron Scott Says Magic Johnson Can Handle LaVar's 'Huge Ego' (VIDEO)

Byron Scott
LaVar Has Huge Ego ... But Magic Can Handle Him

Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. ... so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls. It's the… READ MORE >

- 183 days ago
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