Magic Johnson

American professional basketball player Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s.
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Magic Johnson: Trade with Cavs positions Lakers to take next step - ESPN
Google News - 11 days
CBC.ca Magic Johnson: Trade with Cavs positions Lakers to take next step ESPN Brian Windhorst says Los Angeles trading Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland has cleared a path for the Lakers to go after LeBron James and Paul George this summer. (1:58). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger; Email; comment. 3:20 PM ... The Cavaliers won the trade deadline, and have emerged as a legit NBA finals contender againWashington Post Isaiah Thomas is off to LA because the Cavs don't want LeBron James to leaveYahoo Sports A timeline of Isaiah Thomas going from an MVP candidate to Lonzo Ball's backupSB Nation CBSSports.com -FOXSports.com -USA TODAY -Bleacher Report all 379 news articles »
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Magic Johnson's comments on Giannis Antetokounmpo nets Lakers a $50,000 tampering fine
LATimes - 13 days
The NBA has fined the Lakers $50,000 for tampering as a result of public comments made by Magic Johnson about Milwaukee Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo. In an interview with ESPN.com, Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, praised Antetokounmpo’s game, saying that he’ll bring...
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Dodgers Co-Owner Magic Johnson Goes Bonkers Watching Team Romp To World Series
Huffington Post - 4 months
"That's what I'm talking about, baby!"
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Magic Johnson works with Stevie Wonder, West Angeles Church for Harvey relief
LATimes - 6 months
As often happens, people stopped Magic Johnson every few feet as he made his way through the facility he toured Monday morning. These folks were more than fans, though. They were volunteers in a hangar near West Angeles Church, pausing while separating donation items as part of a drive to help...
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EJ Johnson Is ‘Not Just Some Other Rich Girl’
NYTimes - 6 months
Magic Johnson’s son was outed as gay by TMZ, then became a reality show star. All of 25, he is now embracing his role as a gender-flouting role model.
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Magic Johnson investigated for tampering? Paul George, meet Robinson Cano
LATimes - 6 months
This isn’t the first time a sports league has investigated Magic Johnson for possible tampering. The NBA this week announced that it was looking into whether the Lakers had tampered with Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, based on comments Johnson made on a late-night talk show. Johnson is in...
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Tampering FAQ: How will NBA respond to Pacers' charges against Lakers? - ESPN
Google News - 6 months
ABC News Tampering FAQ: How will NBA respond to Pacers' charges against Lakers? ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down the process of attempting to prove another team tampered with another team's player and what potential penalties could be levied to the Lakers if evidence is found. (1:59). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger; Email ... The Lakers might have tampered with Paul George. Who cares?SB Nation Lakers' Magic Johnson reportedly is at the center of the NBA's Paul George tampering probeWashington Post Los Angeles Lakers probed for tampering with Paul George by NBA: Three things to knowMassLive.com New York Daily News -Sporting News -8 Points, 9 Seconds -Lakers Nation all 135 news articles »
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Magic Johnson at center of NBA probe into Paul George tampering
ABC News - 6 months
The possibility of impermissible contact between Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the crux of an NBA probe into possible tampering, league sources tell ESPN. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying that a probe is underway. The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting that there is no evidence of tampering, and they expect to be cleared in the matter, a team source told ESPN. "As the NBA's statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation," the Lakers said in a statement. "We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible." If the league office's probe can prove the Lakers were guilty of tampering with George while he was under contract with Indiana,.....
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Magic Johnson invests in NYC's LaGuardia airport
CNN - 6 months
Magic Johnson keeps making business deals.
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Dodgers' Magic Johnson guarantees World Series victory
LATimes - 7 months
Magic Johnson called his shot Thursday night, and he wasn’t shy about it. The Dodgers’ co-owner did not hesitate when he predicted how the team would finish this year. “The Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year,” Johnson said. “This is our year.” Johnson spoke at Clayton Kershaw’s...
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Summer breeze: Lakers win Vegas championship despite Lonzo Ball not playing
LATimes - 7 months
All of his teammates joined in with the fans chanting the first syllable of his last name, and then Magic Johnson cupped his hands around his mouth and added his voice too. But Kyle Kuzma said he didn’t notice. “I was too locked into the trophy,” he said, laughing. Lonzo Ball was the most valuable...
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As Lakers prepare for summer league, winning is the only priority
LATimes - 8 months
As the Lakers gear up for their trip to the Las Vegas iteration of the NBA summer league, the team’s focus is on one thing — winning. President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka haven’t been shy about their plans to bring a pair of superstars to Los Angeles...
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Magic Johnson says Lonzo Ball 'has greatness written all over him'
ABC News - 8 months
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers wasted no time heaping sky-high expectations upon Lonzo Ball, whom they drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. When the organization introduced Ball on Friday at the team's practice facility, Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson called him "the new face of the Lakers, the guy who I think will lead us back to where we want to get to." Soon after, Johnson told Ball, 19, to look at a nearby wall, where several retired jerseys of Lakers icons are displayed. "We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day," Johnson told Ball. When asked about Johnson's comment, Ball replied, "I think it's a good goal to set. I'll definitely be chasing that." Why the high expectations on Ball? "He has greatness written all over him," Johnson said. "Now he just has to go out and push him, and we will, too. And [Lakers coach] Luke [Walton] and the...
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D’Angelo Russell, Happy for a Fresh Start, Is Ready to Lead the Nets His Way
NYTimes - 8 months
Criticized by the Lakers executive Magic Johnson for not playing a greater role in Los Angeles, Russell said he would lead by example in Brooklyn.
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Essential California: Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around
LATimes - 8 months
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 26, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES On Ball and Magic The Lakers selected UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft. This comes after a swift change in leadership that left...
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Lonzo Ball is introduced as a Laker with the highest of expectations
LATimes - 8 months
Magic Johnson had no qualms about the bold statement he was about to make. He called Lonzo Ball “the new face of the Lakers.” He said Ball will “lead us back to where we want to get to.” He said he expected a Ball jersey retired at the Lakers facility one day, alongside his own and those of other...
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Letters: Lakers fans relatively happy with their week - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 8 months
Los Angeles Times Letters: Lakers fans relatively happy with their week Los Angeles Times Bill Plaschke had such a great opportunity on draft night to take attention off LaVar Ball and give it all to Lonzo, but no, he did the exact opposite. He decried all the attention-grabbing while giving him exactly that! Lonzo will be the star of the ... The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds have two big names at the topFOXSports.com Magic Johnson Says Lakers 'Needed a Leader' After D'Angelo Russell TradeBleacher Report The inside story of how Lonzo Ball became a LakerYahoo Sports NBA.com -SB Nation -New York Daily News -Washington Post all 1,017 news articles »
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    He is hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on August 22, 2016.
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  • 2015
    In 2015, he once again endorsed Hillary Clinton in her second presidential campaign.
  • 2014
    Johnson announced his co-ownership of a future Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Los Angeles on October 30, 2014.
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    As such, in 2014 Johnson was named one of ESPNW's Impact 25.
    Together with Guggenheim, Johnson was also involved in the February 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks team in the WNBA.
  • 2013
    He endorsed and appeared in campaign ads for unsuccessful Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel in 2013.
  • 2012
    In 2012, he endorsed Barack Obama for President.
    In March 2012, Johnson's ownership group was announced as the winner of the proceedings to buy the Dodgers.
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    In January 2012, Johnson joined with Guggenheim Partners and Stan Kasten in a bid for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
  • 2010
    Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Lakers in October 2010 to Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles surgeon and professor at UCLA, but continued as an unpaid vice president for the team.
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    Johnson sold his remaining interest in the stores back to the company in 2010, ending a successful twelve-year partnership.
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    The first Magic Johnson Theater located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, closed in 2010 and re-opened in 2011 as Rave Cinema 15.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Johnson is a supporter of the Democratic Party. In 2006, he publicly endorsed Phil Angelides for governor of California, in 2007 he supported Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign, and in 2010 he endorsed Barbara Boxer in her race for re-election to the US Senate.
  • 2004
    In 2004, Johnson and his partner Ken Lombard, sold Magic Johnson Theaters to Loews Cineples Entertainment in 2004.
  • 2000
    The label, initially called Magic 32 Records, was renamed Magic Johnson Music when Johnson signed a joint venture with MCA in 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, Johnson hosted a late night talk show on the Fox network called The Magic Hour, but the show was canceled after two months because of low ratings.
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  • 1996
    By the time he returned to the Lakers in 1996, the Magic Johnson All-Stars had amassed a record of 55–0, and Johnson was earning as much as $365,000 per game.
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    After the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, Johnson initially expressed a desire to return to the team for the 1996–97 NBA season, but he also talked about joining another team as a free agent, hoping to see more playing time at point guard instead of power forward.
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    While Johnson played well in 1996, there were struggles both on and off the court.
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    He officially returned to the team on January 29, 1996, and played his first game the following day against the Golden State Warriors.
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  • 1995
    At the age of 36, Johnson attempted another comeback as a player when he re-joined the Lakers during the 1995–96 NBA season.
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  • 1994
    Stating that it was never his dream to coach, he chose instead to purchase a 5% share of the team in June 1994.
    Johnson, who still had a guaranteed player contract that would pay him $14.6 million during the 1994–95 NBA season, signed a separate contract to coach the team that had no compensation.
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  • 1993
    Johnson returned to the NBA as coach of the Lakers near the end of the 1993–94 NBA season, replacing Randy Pfund, and Bill Bertka, who served as an interim coach for two games.
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  • 1992
    Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony in 1992, and described Bird as a "friend forever"; during Johnson's Hall of Fame ceremony, Bird formally inducted his old rival.
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    The 1992 event, which was the first one held after Johnson's appearance in the 1992 Olympics, raised over $1.3 million for UNCF.
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    Johnson said that despite the physical, highly competitive practices and scrimmages leading up to the 1992 Olympics, some of those same teammates still expressed concerns about his return to the NBA.
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    Before the 1992–93 NBA season, Johnson announced his intention to stage an NBA comeback.
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    Johnson was chosen to compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the US basketball team, dubbed the "Dream Team" because of the NBA stars on the roster.
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    Despite his retirement, Johnson was voted by fans as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game at Orlando Arena, although his former teammates Byron Scott and A. C. Green said that Johnson should not play, and several NBA players, including Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, argued that they would be at risk of contamination if Johnson suffered an open wound while on court.
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  • 1991
    In 1991, Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly in a small wedding in Lansing which included guests Thomas, Aguirre, and Herb Williams.
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    In a press conference held on November 7, 1991, Johnson made a public announcement that he would retire immediately.
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    After a physical before the 1991–92 NBA season, Johnson discovered that he had tested positive for HIV.
    Johnson performed well during the season, with averages of 19.4 points, 12.5 assists, and 7. rebounds per game, and the Lakers reached the 1991 NBA Finals.
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  • 1990
    Mike Dunleavy became the Lakers' head coach in 1990–91, when Johnson had grown to be the league's third-oldest point guard.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Playing without Abdul-Jabbar for the first time, Johnson won his third MVP award after a strong 1989–90 NBA season in which he averaged 22.3 points, 11.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.
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  • 1988
    In the 1988–89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game earned him his second MVP award, and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, in which they again faced the Pistons.
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  • 1985
    Johnson again averaged a double-double in the 1985–86 NBA season, with 18.8 points, 12.6 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game.
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  • 1984
    In the 1984–85 regular season, Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game and led the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals, where they faced the Celtics again.
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  • 1982
    During the 1982–83 NBA season, Johnson averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game and earned his first All-NBA First Team nomination.
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  • 1981
    Early in the 1981–82 season, Johnson had a heated dispute with Westhead, who Johnson said made the Lakers "slow" and "predictable".
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    In 1981, after the 1980–81 season, Johnson signed a 25-year, $25-million contract with the Lakers, which was the highest-paying contract in sports history up to that point.
    Johnson returned before the start of the 1981 playoffs, but the Lakers' then-assistant and future head coach Pat Riley later said Johnson's much-anticipated return made the Lakers a "divided team".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Early in the 1980–81 season, Johnson was sidelined after he suffered torn cartilage in his left knee.
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  • 1979
    Johnson and Larry Bird were first linked as rivals after Johnson's Michigan State squad defeated Bird's Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA finals.
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    Johnson was drafted first overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers.
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    After two years in college, during which he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, Johnson entered the 1979 NBA draft.
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    His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented.
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    After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers.
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  • 1978
    Johnson did not initially aspire to play professionally, focusing instead on his communication studies major and on his desire to become a television commentator. Playing with future NBA draftees Greg Kelser, Jay Vincent and Mike Brkovich, Johnson averaged 17. points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game as a freshman, and led the Spartans to a 25–5 record, the Big Ten Conference title, and a berth in the 1978 NCAA Tournament. The Spartans reached the Elite Eight, but lost narrowly to eventual national champion Kentucky. During the 1978–79 season, Michigan State again qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the championship game and faced Indiana State, which was led by senior Larry Bird.
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  • 1977
    Johnson, who finished his high school career with two All-State selections, was considered at the time to be the best high school player ever to come out of Michigan and was also named to the 1977 McDonald's All-American team.
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  • OTHER
  • 1959
    Born on August 14, 1959.
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