Magic Johnson By Walker Ferguson

Early Life

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr was born to the parents of Earvin Johnson and Christine Johnson on August 15, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. Earvin had nine siblings his parents were always busy with sports and activities. As a kid Earvin was very good basketball player. He was always very passionate about the game. He would practice for hours in the yard perfecting his shot, dribbling and defensive skills.


Earvin attended an elementary school and middle school somewhere in the Lansing, Michigan area. After completing middle school Earvin attended Everett high school. Where he continued to play basketball and became a star. Many of colleges were scouting him. One game he had the game of his life with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists after that, he earned the nickname "Magic". Soon every one called him Magic Johnson. Later, he received a scholarship from Michigan State, and headed off to play basketball. When he got to Michigan State he worked hard to receive a good education, but was always amazing at basketball. During his Michigan State career he played for the national championship. They beat Indiana state winning the title against his best friend Larry Bird. Once he graduated from Michigan State he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.

Adult Life/Carrer

When Magic Johnson went to the NBA he started setting records right away. One making the NBA rookie team in 1980. At the end of his rookie carer he had 1,387 points, 41 blocks, 563 assists, 187 steals and averaged 18 points a game. He was on his way to becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He continued getting better every season.

Soon after he was diagnosed with aids and let the world know. People did not want to play against him because they were scared if his sweat got on them they would soon contract aids. Much later he got married to Earlitha Kelly and they had three kids named Elisa Johnson, Earvin III Johnson and Andre Johnson. Magic Johnson was also a very religious man he was christian and probably tried to go to church every Sunday.

When Magic Johnson stopped playing basketball he decided to start a company called "Magic Johnson Enterprises". This company develops urban communities. An example is building movie theaters in places that don't have them or can't afford to build them. When Magic Johnson got older he got over his aids. He now continues his business and spends time with his wife and kids.

Major Acomplishments

Magic Johnson's whole life was a dream, but he had some very great accomplishments.

1987, 1989, 1990 NBA most valuable award

1981, 1990, 1991 all NBA team

NBA All- star game most valuable player award

All NBA team 1989, 1990, 1991

1992 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

1992 Jackie Robinson Sports Award

1993 Best Spoken Word Album

2003 BET Humanitarian Award

2009 Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional

Impact on you and Society

Magic Johnson's left behind a legacy with 17,707 points, 10,141 assists, 6,559 rebounds and 1,824 steals, the all time NBA record for assists per game and was named one of the best 50 players in the NBA in 1996. He was also was put in the NBA hall of fame in 2002. In 2009 he was put in the college basketball hall of fame.

Magic Johnson did not just leave a basketball legacy behind. He left his business legacy and social statements behind also. When Magic Johnson dies his business will still be developing urban communities. Magic Johnson was one of the first men to publicly say he had aids. He admitted to the world after every game he had three girls in his room that stayed the night. He was diagnosed with aids from one or many girls. His whole life he has tried to find a cure for aids because sex can be very dangerous without protection. This is why he started his own foundation trying to find a cure for aids. People will always remember Magic Johnson trying to make the world a better place.

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