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Biographical Info

Drafted 1st overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979, Earvin “Magic” Johnson would become one of the best point guards in NBA history throughout his career. Throughout Johnson’s career, he has won 3 NBA MVP Awards (1987, 1989, 1990) and has made 9 appearances in the NBA Finals, with his Lakers winning 5 of those (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988). For the Lakers 1980, 1982 and 1987 NBA Championships, Johnson was the NBA Finals MVP. In 1991, Johnson discovered during a routine physical that he had contracted HIV, and announced his retirement immediately. Despite his retirement and the opposition of several NBA players, NBA fans voted Johnson to partake in the 1992 NBA All-Star game, during which he scored 25 points. Johnson was also chosen to the US Olympic team for the 1992 Summer Olympics, during which he helped Team USA to win a Gold Medal. During Johnson’s retirement, he served as a commentator for NBC, wrote a book on safe sex and toured Asia, Australia and New Zealand with a basketball team of former college and NBA players. Near the end of the 1993-94 season, Johnson returned to the Lakers as their head coach. Johnson would only serve as the Lakers coach until the end of the season, ultimately resigning and purchasing a 5% share of the Lakers. During the 1995-96 season, Johnson began attempting a comeback. After a series of intense workouts and scrimmages, Johnson officially returned to the Lakers on January 29th, 1996. Johnson would play 32 games in 1996, averaging 14.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. Following the Lakers’ 1st round lost to the Houston Rockets, Johnson retired, stating “I am going out on my own terms, something I couldn’t say when I aborted a comeback in 1992.” Since then, Johnson has been involved in several business ventures. Currently he is a part owner of both the MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

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