Earvin "Magic"Johnson August 14, 1949-

(Earvin "June Bug" Johnson jr.) Born August 14, 1949 the fourth out of nine kids to the parents Earvin Johnson Sr, and Christine Johnson. Johnson was always an active child his father, and brothers helped him practice and gain his love for basketball. As a child Johnson's favorite player was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the first time Johnson met Kareem at age of 11 he was to shy so one of his buddies went up to Kareem and asked for Johnson to get an autograph. That day Kareem quickly signed the paper and shared no real words with Johnson it was one of Johnsons most cherished days.
Kareem Abdul- Jabbar

Throughout middle school Earvin was known as June Bug but during his freshman year playing basketball at Lansing Everett High school, in one game (36 points, 18 rebounds) his nicknamed changed from June Bug to Magic.

At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Magic Johnson attended Michigan State University and played as a Spartan as point guard. In the top left photo you can see Johnson posing with a basketball, well during his freshman year he helped his team win NCAA conference semi finals.
The next year Johnson helped lead his team to the NCAA Finals, there they went against the Indiana State Sycamores. This game became one of the most famous match-ups in college basketball history, here Magic went against Indiana's star forward, Larry Bird. This game was the beginning of a adversary between Johnson and Bird once the Spartans proved to be victorious.
After playing 2 years of being a Michigan Spartan, Magic was drafted as the #1 pick in 1979 by the LA Lakers. He became the first rookie to start in an NBA All-Star game.
In September 1991, Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly in a small wedding in Lansing Michigan

Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a Ceremony Honoring Los Angeles Lakers Owner Jerry Buss with the 2,323rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after going against the Mavericks in 1982

After getting a physical before the 92' NBA season Johnson found out he had contracted the HIV virus. During this time Johnson didn't show any immediate symptoms but the following day November 7th, 1991 Magic makes an announcement that he has HIV, and that he would be retiring to dedicate his life to try and defeat the virus.

Feb 16, 1992 Magic Johnson's #32 was retired by the Lakers.
Cookie, Magic's wife revealed their unborn child and her had not contracted the virus. The picture above is Cookie Johnson and Magic's son Earvin Johnson III.

Johnson and his wife had their son in 1993 and adopted a daughter in 1995. Johnson also had a son from another relationship who spent the summers with him.

1998 Magic had his own tv show called The Magic Hour which didn't air long due to not having enough celebrity African American support. In September 2002, due to eating healthy, and excersing Johnson's doctors said he is free of AIDS symptoms.

September 8th, 2002 Magic Johnson enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame
In 2009 Larry Bird and Magic Johnson got together again, to write a book titled " When The Game Was Ours". The book talked about their experiences as basketball players, what it was like going against each other and why the loved basketball.
In 2013 Magic Johnson appeared on Ellen Degeneres ready to support his son EJ after learning he had shared his sexual orientation. "I think it's all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to become. It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do," he told DeGeneres. "When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. We love him. EJ is amazing," he continued.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. speaks to sixth graders at Lansing's Pattengill Middle School in 2014. To Lansing Johnson will always be a hometown hero his wife and him gave $3 million toward a $24.5 million renovation of Spartan Stadium and then $800,000 in donations he rounded up for Promise scholarships.
February 21, 2017 Magic Johnson was named the Lakers’ president for basketball operations as Mitch Kupchak, the G.M., was fired.


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