100 Facts About Magic Johnson

1. Magic Johnson dug himself into a hole by enabling the Pelicans to control the narrative.

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2. Magic Johnson was always once step ahead of his counterparts on the basketball court.

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3. Magic Johnson delivered the offers in multiple phone conversations with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps on Monday, sources said.

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4. Magic Johnson would not have drafted Lonzo Ball if were not for Jeanie Buss.

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5. Magic Johnson apparently presented Demps with "five different trade scenarios" yesterday, and the two plan to talk again soon.

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6. Magic Johnson is not wrong in that the Lakers of the 80s won five titles while Jordan's Bulls won six championships in an eight-year span.

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7. Magic Johnson became a father in 1981 when his then-girlfriend, Melissa Mitchell, gave birth to a baby boy.

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8. Magic Johnson had a son from another relationship who spent the summers with him.

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9. In 1997 Magic Johnson opened another movie complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

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10. Magic Johnson was selected first in the 1979 National Basketball Association draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

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11. Magic Johnson scored twenty-four points and was chosen Most Valuable Player.

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12. Magic Johnson was one of professional basketball's most popular stars.

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13. Magic Johnson began channeling his still-unbridled energy into AIDS prevention and awareness efforts.

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14. Magic Johnson revealed the news to the public on November 7, 1991, and announced he would be retiring from basketball.

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15. In 1988, Magic Johnson faced another close friend across the court as the season came to a close.

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16. Magic Johnson stayed in his hometown for college, attending Michigan State University.

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17. Magic Johnson was expected to adopt the same tireless work ethic as his parents.

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18. Magic Johnson continued to dazzle through his days at Michigan State University and in twelve years with the championship Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

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19. Magic Johnson had impressive career during his career as a basketball player.

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20. Magic Johnson was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

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21. On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world—and made headlines around the globe—when he announced that he was HIV-positive and was immediately retiring from the sport.

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22. Magic Johnson left Michigan State after his sophomore season and was selected by the Lakers with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft.

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23. Magic Johnson was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

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24. In 1996, staging a brief comeback, Magic Johnson returned for a few months to the Lakers as a player.

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25. Magic Johnson won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award for his efforts in leading the Lakers to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, winning four of six games in the championship series.

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26. Magic Johnson excelled during his freshman year, helping his team, the Spartans, clinch the Big Ten Conference title.

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27. Magic Johnson continued to play in college for Michigan State University.

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28. Magic Johnson said Francis' reputation as a successful business mind was forged on the client and agency side, including strategic marketing roles with Fortune 500 companies such as Walt Disney World, Nissan Motor Corporation and IBM.

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29. Magic 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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30. Magic Johnson hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on August 22, 2016.

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31. Magic Johnson endorsed and appeared in campaign ads for unsuccessful Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel in 2013.

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32. Magic Johnson won the WNBA championship as the owner in 2016.

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33. Magic Johnson is an investor for aXiomatic eSports, the ownership company of Team Liquid.

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34. Magic Johnson has invested in urban California real estate and financial service companies catering to America's underserved markets via his Canyon-Johnson and Yucaipa-Johnson funds.

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35. Magic Johnson wondered why so many athletes had failed at business, and sought advice.

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36. Magic Johnson has worked as a motivational speaker, and was an NBA commentator for Turner Network Television for seven years, before becoming a studio analyst for ESPN's NBA Countdown in 2008.

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37. At the age of 42, Magic Johnson played with the All-Stars against his alma mater, Michigan State.

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38. Magic Johnson missed several games due to a calf injury.

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39. Magic Johnson missed two games and was stripped of his title as team captain.

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40. Magic Johnson was coaching a team that had five of his former teammates on the roster: Vlade Divac, Elden Campbell, Tony Smith, Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, and Michael Cooper, who was brought in as an assistant coach.

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41. Magic Johnson became the only rookie to win the NBA Finals MVP award, and his clutch performance is still regarded as one of the finest in NBA history.

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42. Magic Johnson idolized players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes, and practiced "all day".

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43. Magic Johnson 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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44. Magic Johnson played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons.

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45. Magic Johnson achieved his greatest success in the professional ranks, where he guided the Lakers to NBA championships in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988.

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46. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson gave LeBron James his due props after making history by moving past the great Wilt Chamberlain in the all-time scoring list.

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47. Magic Johnson is a Lincolnville native which means 79 nights of holiday magic instead of 75.

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48. Magic Johnson was holding it down for his reportedly harsh reprimand of Lakers coach Luke Walton.

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49. Magic Johnson has long been a key contributor on special teams but the band asking them to learn Sheck Wes's hit "Mo Bamba".

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50. Magic Johnson promised to bring a second superstar to Los Angeles this offseason, and adding Durant would more than make good on that promise.

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51. Magic Johnson spoke with three Los Angeles Times reporters about the status of Walton, who is in his third season as the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach.

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52. Magic Johnson has spoken, and he's given assurances regarding Luke Walton.

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53. Magic Johnson expects Luke Walton to keep job entire season.

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54. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson insists Luke Walton's position as head coach is safe for the time being, despite recent reports.

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55. Magic Johnson says Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton will "finish the season", this despite recently cursing him out over the team's sluggish start.

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56. Magic Johnson confirms meeting with Luke Walton happened, says he won't fire coach this season.

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57. Magic Johnson says he won't fire Lakers Coach Luke Walton unless something 'drastic' happens.

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58. Magic Johnson is not only arguably the most beloved player to ever suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers, but is the team's president of basketball.

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59. Magic Johnson guarantees Luke Walton's job as Lakers head coach.

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60. Magic Johnson says he won't fire Walton unless something 'drastic' happens.

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61. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson is standing by head coach Luke Walton.

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62. Magic Johnson is not only arguably the most beloved player to ever suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers, but is now the team's president of basketball.

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63. Magic Johnson describes how his 'role model and father figure' Jerry Buss taught him how the Lakers do business.

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64. Magic Johnson already covered the biggest issue from his contentious meeting with Luke Walton last week: The Lakers president said he wouldn't fire the coach this season.

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65. Magic Johnson had never seriously considered coaching, but he agreed take the head coaching position with the Lakers in 1994 at Buss' request.

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66. Magic Johnson credits Buss with giving him the business knowledge that enabled him to become part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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67. Magic Johnson had an extremely close relationship with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, whom he saw as a mentor and a father figure.

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68. Magic Johnson is the only player in NBA Finals history to have triple-doubles in multiple series-clinching games.

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69. Magic Johnson stated that his aim was to "help educate all people about what [HIV] is about" and teach others not to "discriminate against people who have HIV and AIDS".

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70. Magic Johnson left after eight months, saying that the White House had "utterly ignored" the work of the panel, and had opposed the commission's recommendations, which included universal healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid to cover all low-income people with AIDS.

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71. Magic Johnson announced his co-ownership of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Los Angeles on October 30, 2014.

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72. In January 2012, Magic Johnson joined with Guggenheim Partners and Stan Kasten in a bid for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

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73. In 2015, Magic Johnson completed his planned acquisition for a "majority, controlling interest" in EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, which manages $14.5 billion in annuities, life insurance and other financial products.

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74. In February 2017, Magic Johnson returned to the Lakers as an advisor to Jeanie Buss.

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75. Magic 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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76. Magic Johnson began thinking of life after basketball while still playing with the Lakers.

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77. In 1998, Magic 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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78. Magic Johnson is a Christian and has said his faith is "the most important thing" in his life.

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79. In 1991, Magic Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly in a small wedding in Lansing which included guests Thomas, Aguirre, and Herb Williams.

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80. On February 21, 2017, Magic Johnson replaced Jim Buss as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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81. In 1999, Magic Johnson joined the Swedish squad M7 Boras, and was undefeated in five games with the team.

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82. On November 1, 2002 Magic Johnson returned to play a second exhibition game against Michigan State.

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83. Magic Johnson played with the team frequently over the next several years, with possibly the most memorable game occurring in November, 2001.

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84. Magic Johnson was publicly critical of Van Exel, saying his actions were "inexcusable.

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85. In 1985, Magic Johnson created "A Midsummer Night's Magic", a yearly charity event which included a celebrity basketball game and a black tie dinner.

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86. In an August 2011 interview Magic Johnson said that in retrospect, he wished that he had never retired after being diagnosed with HIV, saying, "If I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have retired.

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87. Magic Johnson played infrequently because of knee problems, but he received standing ovations from the crowd, and used the opportunity to inspire HIV-positive people.

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88. Magic Johnson averaged 8.0 points per game during the Olympics, and his 5.5 assists per game was second on the team.

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89. Magic 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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90. Magic Johnson was drafted first overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers.

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91. Magic Johnson dedicated the championship victory to his best friend Reggie Chastine, who was killed in a car accident the previous summer.

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92. Magic Johnson would often help his father on the garbage route, and he was teased by neighborhood children who called him "Garbage Man".

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93. Magic Johnson is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.

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94. Magic Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team".

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95. Magic Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

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96. Magic Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

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97. Magic Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award.

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98. Magic Johnson has reportedly earned reputation for being 'volatile' with Luke Walton, coaching staff.

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99. Magic Johnson reportedly 'admonished' Lakers coach Luke Walton for the Lakers' slow start, and pressure is already mounting.

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100. Magic Johnson has 'angry' meeting with Lakers coach Luke Walton.

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