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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.

Magic Johnson Heaps Praise on LaVar Ball After Threat to Pull Lonzo from Lakers

Magic Johnson
I have Come to Praise LaVar Ball ... Not to Bury Him

Magic Johnson is the consummate diplomat, turning LaVar Ball's threat to yank Lonzo from the Lakers into a testament on parenthood. The beloved President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers… READ MORE >

LaVar Ball: I'm Not Afraid of Lakers, Magic Johnson

LaVar Ball
I'm Not Afraid of Lakers ... Or Magic Johnson

LaVar Ball is back in the U.S. -- and he's digging in his heels on his threats to the Lakers ... sign my other sons or I'm taking Lonzo Ball somewhere else.  "Man, who don't want they sons… READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
Magic Johnson on Michigan State Sexual Assaults: Fire Everyone Who Didn't Take Action

Magic Johnson
On Mich St. Sexual Assaults Fire Everyone Who Didn't Take Action

Magic Johnson is speaking out on the sexual assault scandal at his alma mater -- calling for Michigan State to fire every staffer who knew about the crimes, but stayed silent.  In addition to… READ MORE >

- 55 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Says He Loves LeBron, But Lakers Are His Dream Team

Shareef O'Neal
Love LeBron, But ... Lakers Are My Dream Team

Move over, Ball bros -- Shareef O'Neal says the Lakers are his #1 choice when he goes pro ... and if we were Magic Johnson, we'd start working OT to make it happen.   We got Shaq's… READ MORE >

- 64 days ago
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez Take Kids to Lakers Game

J Lo, A-Rod
Being With Family at Lakers Game ... It's Magic!!!

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made Friday night's Lakers game family night. J Lo and A-Rod bought their various kids to sit courtside, and their cameras were out in force ... especially when… READ MORE >

- 78 days ago
John Salley: Magic Johnson Thought Isiah Thomas Clowned Him For Having HIV

John Salley
Magic Thought Isiah Clowned Him ... For Having HIV

John Salley says Magic Johnson called him the day after the NBA legend's 1991 earth-shattering HIV announcement ... to ask if Isiah Thomas had been privately dissing him for contracting the… READ MORE >

- 94 days ago
Kobe Bryant Has 'The Right Moves' For Politics, Says U.S. Congressman

Kobe Bryant
Has 'The Right Moves' For Politics Says U.S. Congressman

Kobe Bryant just got the first endorsement for the political career we're not sure he even wants yet ... U.S. Congressman Peter King says Kobe's got everything it takes to be an all-star… READ MORE >

- 95 days ago
Magic Johnson Hints at Kobe Bryant Having Political Career

Magic Johnson
Hints Kobe Should Be in Politics

Kobe Bryant's next move should be running for political office ... at least that's what Magic Johnson intimated Monday night at Staples Center. Magic gave a rousing speech to honor his fellow… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Odell Beckham Jr. Ditches Walking Boot for Knicks Game

Odell Beckham Jr.
Gives Walking Boot the Boot ... For Knicks Game

It's a beautiful sight for N.Y. Giants fans ... Odell Beckham Jr. makin' his way around the Big Apple without his walking boot!! TMZ Sports spotted the NFL superstar heading into MSG for the… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
Bella Hadid Goes Full Bust At Knicks, Lakers Game

Bella Hadid
Busting Out ... at Lakers-Knicks

There were TONS of huge stars at the Knicks vs. Lakers game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday ... but, for some reason, everyone seemed to have their eyes on Bella Hadid.  So, we present… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
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