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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 Calls BS on 'Bullying' Allegations

Magic Johnson
'Bullying' Allegations Are BS

Magic Johnson is strongly refuting an ESPN report that he bullied Lakers staffers during his time as an exec with the organization -- saying, "it never happened." Just hours after ESPN published… READ MORE >

Magic Johnson Crashes LAPD Roll Call, 'It Made Our Day!'

Magic Johnson
Crashes LAPD Roll Call ... 'It Made Our Day!'

So, a bunch of LAPD officers were conducting roll call in Sherman Oaks, California on Tuesday -- when all of a sudden Magic Johnson walks out of a supermarket and starts high-fiving the… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
Dodgers' Justin Turner Defends Magic Johnson, 'Been Great to Me'

Dodgers' Justin Turner
Goes to Bat for Magic Johnson ... Not a 'Bully' to Me!

Magic Johnson doesn't have a reputation as a "bully" in the Dodgers organization -- at least according to Justin Turner who tells TMZ Sports, "He's been great to me." Johnson has been under fire… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
Magic Johnson Blasts Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, He Trashed Me Behind My Back!

Magic Johnson
Blasts Lakers GM Rob Pelinka He Trashed Me Behind My Back!

Magic Johnson is calling out Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka -- fingering Pelinka as the backstabber who trashed him inside and outside of NBA circles ... and Magic is pissed.  Magic went… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Magic Johnson Says He's Still Working for Lakers, Loves Team and LeBron

Magic Johnson
It's Like I Never Left the Lakers ... I Love This Team, and LeBron!!!

Magic Johnson has no regrets over how he resigned from the Los Angeles Lakers because he says he's still doing what he's always done ... trying to help them win. The Lakers icon and former… READ MORE >

- 57 days ago
Donald Sterling Weighs In On Clippers and Magic Johnson

Donald Sterling
Weighs In On Clippers ... And Magic Johnson

It's been 5 years since the NBA forced Donald Sterling to sell the L.A. Clippers -- but the billionaire tells TMZ Sports he's STILL a fan of his former team and rooting for them in the playoffs.… READ MORE >

- 57 days ago
'Shark Tank' Star Kevin O'Leary Rips Magic Johnson for Quitting Lakers

'Shark Tank' Kevin O'Leary
Rips Magic for Quitting Lakers ... Blames LeBron

Mr. Wonderful ain't exactly shy when it comes to his opinion ... and the "Shark Tank" star just let Magic Johnson know why the NBA legend done MESSED UP by quitting the Lakers.  Kevin… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
Magic Johnson's Really Happy After Leaving Lakers, Says Cookie Johnson

Magic Johnson's Wife
'We're Just Happy for Him' ... After Leaving Lakers

Magic Johnson has ZERO regrets after leaving the Lakers -- in fact, he's super happy about his decision ... so says his wife Cookie Johnson.  Just 24 hours after Magic shockingly stepped… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson
Steps Down as Lakers Prez

Magic Johnson just dropped a bombshell before the Lakers play their final game of the season ... announcing he's stepping down as the team's president of basketball operations.  Magic held… READ MORE >

- 68 days ago
Ty Law Says Magic Johnson Mentored Him To Become A Trampoline Park Mogul

Ty Law
Magic Johnson Mentored Me ... To Be A Trampoline Park Mogul

Hall of Famer Ty Law says he owes part of his booming bouncy business to the advice and counsel of one of the greatest basketball players businessmen of all time ... Magic Johnson. Law --… READ MORE >

- 120 days ago
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