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Encyclopedia > Magic Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Position(s):
Point guard
Jersey #(s):
32
Height:
6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight:
255 lb (116 kg)
Born: August 14, 1959 (1959-08-14) (age 48)
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Career information
Year(s): 1979–1996
NBA Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College: Michigan State
Professional teams
Career stats
Points     17,707
Rebounds     6,559
Assists     10,141
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before being selected as the first pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, the 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) point guard enjoyed success in NCAA college basketball, winning the national championship in 1979 with Michigan State University.[1] With the Lakers, Johnson won five NBA championships, played in nine NBA Finals series, and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award three times each. Johnson also played in 12 All-Star games, was voted into 10 All-NBA First and Second Teams, and led the league in regular season assists four times. Throughout his career, his friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird were well documented, with the Lakers and Celtics winning eight NBA championships between them in the 1980s. Johnson was also a member of the "Dream Team" U.S. basketball team which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. Ervin Johnson (born December 21, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an NBA basketball player, currently a free agent, most recently played for, and captained, the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The five tactical basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... In team sports, the squad number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players outfit. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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For his basketball achievements — including introducing his brand of up-tempo "Showtime" basketball to the NBA — he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.[2] With a career average of 11.2 assists per game, he remains the NBA's all-time leader in that statistical category,[3] and in 2007, ESPN rated him as the greatest NBA point guard of all time,[4] The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Johnson is also well-known for having HIV, which he made public in 1991, causing him to retire temporarily. After winning the support of his colleagues, he became the first openly HIV-positive player to play in the NBA. Since then, he has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as a philanthropist.[5] Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... Safe sex (also called safer sex or protected sex) is a set of practices that are designed to reduce the risk of infection during sexual intercourse to avoid developing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). ...

Contents

Professional biography

Early years

Earvin Johnson Jr. was the sixth of ten children born to Earvin Sr., a General Motors assembly worker, and Christine, a school custodian.[6] Johnson grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and came to love basketball as a youngster. "I practiced all day," he later said in an interview. "I dribbled to the store with my right hand and back with my left. Then I slept with my basketball."[5] General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds largest and most dominant automaker since 1931 till the second half of 2007, surpassed by Toyota; as well as the global industry sales leader for 77 years. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ...


Johnson was first nicknamed "Magic" as a 15-year-old sophomore playing for Lansing's Everett High School, when he had a game with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists. After Johnson's triple-double, Fred Stabley Jr., a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal, nicknamed him "Magic"[7], despite Johnson's Christian mother, thinking it was sacriligeous.[5] In the summer before his senior year, tragedy struck his team when his friend Reggie Chastaine was killed in a car accident. The team pledged to win the state title in Chastain's honor.[8] During his final high school season, Johnson led Lansing Everett to a 27–1 win-loss record while averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds per game,[5] and the team fulfilled their promise by winning the title game in overtime.[8] Everett High School is a high school in Lansing, Michigan. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... A triple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates double-digit totals (i. ... The Lansing State Journal is a daily newspaper published in Lansing, Michigan owned by Gannett. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ...


Michigan State University

Wanting to play close to home, Johnson decided to attend Division I Michigan State University in East Lansing, where coach Jud Heathcote was starting his second season. Initially, Johnson had no strong desire to become a professional basketball star, focusing instead on communication studies because he wanted to become a television commentator.[9] Playing with future NBA players Greg Kelser and Jay Vincent, Johnson averaged 17.0 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.[2] The Spartans made it to the last eight, but they lost narrowly to eventual national champion Kentucky.[10] Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... George Melvin Jud Heathcote is a former college basketball coach. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gregory (Greg) Kelser (born September 17, 1957, in Panama City, Florida) is an African-American broadcaster for the National Basketball Associations Detroit Pistons. ... Jay Fletcher Vincent (born June 10, 1959 in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... “Freshman” redirects here. ... The Michigan State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Michigan State University. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... The 1978 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The playoff term Elite Eight has been popularized to refer to the final eight teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ... NCAA Tournament Champions 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998 NCAA Tournament Final Four 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 Conference Tournament Champions 1933, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997...


In his sophomore season, Johnson played point guard, but was often switched to forward to make use of his size and rebounding skill. Johnson again led Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament, and he took the team to the championship game. There, the Spartans played Indiana State University, which was headed by senior Larry Bird. In what is still the highest-rated college basketball game ever,[11] Johnson's squad prevailed 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.[8] He finished his career at Michigan State with averages of 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game.[1] Sophomore is used (especially in the USA) for describing a student in the second year of study (generally referring to high school or university study). ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... The 1979 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 40 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... Indiana State University (ISU) is a public university that is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... At the conclusion of the NCAA mens and womens Division I basketball championships (the Final Four tournaments), the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ...


Rookie season in the NBA (1979–80)

Johnson decided to leave college two years early and declared himself eligible for the 1979 NBA Draft. The New Orleans Jazz originally had the first draft pick, but they had traded the pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for NBA star Gail Goodrich. As a result, the Lakers drafted Johnson with the first overall pick,[2] and signed him for US$600,000 a year.[9] In Johnson's rookie season, the Lakers featured a new coach in Jack McKinney, a new owner in Dr. Jerry Buss, and several new players. However, Johnson was most excited about the prospect of playing alongside his personal idol, the 7-2 center and leading scorer in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[9] Despite Abdul-Jabbar's dominance, he had failed to win a championship with the Lakers since joining them in 1975. Johnson was expected to help out the Lakers on both ends of the court, but it was his enthusiasm that the team fed off the most.[12] In the first game of his career, the rookie had an energetic celebration after Abdul-Jabbar hit a last-second free throw line hook shot to defeat the San Diego Clippers.[12] As the season progressed, Johnson learned to share the ball better and complemented his team mates.[12] His averages of 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for the season ensured that he was named both an All-Rookie and NBA All-Star starter, although the NBA Rookie of the Year Award went to his rival Larry Bird, who had been drafted by the Boston Celtics.[1] The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. ... USD redirects here. ... Jack McKinney is a former college and professional basketball coach. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... It has been suggested that Three point play be merged into this article or section. ... Kent Benson attempting a hook shot for the Indiana Hoosiers, 1977 Richard Mason Rocca making a hook shot for Eldo Napoli, 2006 For the cricket maneuver, see Batting (cricket). ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is a set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


The Lakers compiled a 60–22 record, and with Paul Westhead replacing coach McKinney after a serious bicycle crash, the Lakers reached the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, who were headed by future Hall-of-Famer Julius "Doctor J" Erving. The Lakers took a 3–2 lead, but Abdul-Jabbar went down with a sprained ankle suffered in Game 5.[12] Westhead decided to put point guard Johnson at center, and in Game 6 at Philadelphia, the latter recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, lifting the Lakers to a 123–107 win and became the first rookie ever to win the NBA Finals MVP award.[12] Johnson's clutch performance in that game is still regarded as one of the finest ever in the NBA.[4][13][14] He also became one of only four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years, and the only rookie to ever win the Finals MVP award.[15] Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... In American sports terminology, clutch means performing well under extreme pressure. ...


Ups and downs (1980–83)

Johnson was sidelined for most of the 1980-81 NBA season with a serious knee injury, playing only 37 games in the regular season.[1] Nevertheless, by meeting the NBA's 125 steals qualification minimum, he won the regular season steals title with a 3.43 average per game.[16] Johnson returned before the start of 1981 NBA Playoffs, where the Lakers faced the Houston Rockets in the first round. In Game 1 of that series, Johnson made a halfcourt buzzer beater to force the game into overtime, but the Rockets won the game and closed out the series 2–1, with the road team winning each game by 6 points or less.[17] In the off-season, Johnson signed a record 25-year $25-million contract, courtesy of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who was impressed with Johnson's spectacular "Showtime" play.[9] The 1980-81 NBA Season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1981 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament follow National Basketball Associations 1980-1981 season. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Buzzer Beater ) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. ...


In the 1981-82 NBA season, Johnson had a serious dispute with Westhead, who preferred a deliberate half-court offense as opposed to the quick fastbreak style favored by Johnson. After Johnson demanded to be traded, Buss fired Westhead, causing Johnson to be booed across the league, even by the Lakers fans.[5] Westhead was replaced by assistant coach and former broadcaster Pat Riley, who was recommended by influential announcer Chick Hearn. Despite his off-court troubles, Johnson had a strong season; he averaged 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, a league-high 2.7 steals per game, and was voted a member of the All-NBA Second Team.[1] He also joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to score at least 700 points, 700 rebounds and 700 assists in the same season.[8] The Lakers advanced through the playoffs and faced Philadelphia again in the 1982 NBA Finals. After a triple-double from Johnson in Game 6, the Lakers defeated the Sixers 4–2, as Johnson won his second NBA Finals MVP award.[18] The 1981-82 NBA Season was the 36th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Fastbreak is an offensive strategy in which a team attempts to move the ball up court and into scoring position as quickly as possible so that the defense is outnumbered and does not have time to set up. ... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... Francis Dayle Chick Hearn (November 27, 1916 - August 5, 2002) was an American sportscaster. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The 1982 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1981-1982 season. ... The 1982 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1981-1982 NBA season How They Got Here After being upset in the 1981 NBA Playoffs by the surprising Houston Rockets in a 3-game mini-series, the Lakers were back in championship form. ...


In the 1982-83 NBA season, Johnson had another outstanding season, averaging 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game and earning his first All-NBA First Team nomination.[1] The Lakers again reached the Finals, and faced the Sixers in the finals for the third time in four years. Having acquired perennial All-Star Moses Malone that season, the Sixers were desperate to snatch a championship from the Lakers,[19] and with injuries suffered by Johnson's teammates Norm Nixon, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo leading up to and during the playoffs, the Lakers were swept by the Sixers, and Malone was crowned the Finals MVP.[19] The 1982-83 NBA Season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Norm Nixon Norman Ellard Nixon (born October 11, 1955 in Macon, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association, who spent ten seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ...


Rivalry with Larry Bird and the Celtics (1983–87)

While Johnson was making a name for himself, an old foe was doing the same: Boston Celtics forward and Johnson's NCAA Finals rival Larry Bird, who won the 1980 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 1981 NBA title. The 1983-84 NBA season witnessed the start of one of the NBA's most notable individual rivalries; while Johnson, as German sports journalist Günter Bork put it, was a black, smiling and highly spectacular "Showtime" playmaker, Bird was a white, trash-talking blue-collar worker. In addition, the Lakers and the Celtics shared a long, historic rivalry, and each team represented two different styles — the Lakers relied on their "Showtime" fastbreak basketball, while the Celtics defined themselves with their deliberate half-court play.[2][20] Johnson had another all-round season of 17.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 13.1 assists per game,[1] and led by him and steady center Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers entered the 1984 NBA Finals against the Celtics, marking the first time that Johnson's Lakers and Bird's Celtics met in the post-season.[21] In Game 1, the Lakers won 115–109, and led by two points in Game 2 with only 18 seconds to go. When Celtics power forward Kevin McHale missed his shot, Johnson mistakenly called time-out, allowing Boston to re-establish their defense.[21] Johnson followed up with another two gaffes: first, he lost the ball to Celtic Gerald Henderson, who hit an open layup which tied the game, and then failed to get a shot off as the final buzzer sounded. The Lakers lost 124–121 in overtime.[21] In Game 3, the Lakers playmaker responded with 21 assists in a convincing 137–104 win for his team, but in Game 4, Johnson made a crucial error late in the game again. In the final minute of that game, Celtics center Robert Parish stole the ball from Johnson; this was followed by Johnson missing two free throws which could have won the game. The Celtics won Game 4 in overtime, and the next two games were split, so Game 7 in Boston was decisive. Trailing by three points in the final minute, opposing point guard Dennis Johnson stole the ball from Johnson and the series was over.[21] Bird was named Finals MVP.[21] The 1983-84 NBA Season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Lakers-Celtics Rivalry or Celtics-Lakers Rivalry was a rivalry between two of the most storied professional basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. ... The 1984 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1983-1984 NBA season. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... In sports, a time-out refers to a stoppage in the match for a short amount of time. ... Jerome McKinley Gerald Henderson (born January 16, 1956 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former shooting guard who had a 13 year career in the National Basketball Association from 1979 until 1992. ... Allen Iverson performing a high percentage layup. ... Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ...


In the 1984-85 NBA season, Johnson returned to form, averaging 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 12.6 assists per game in the regular season[1] and leading the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals, where they again played against the Celtics. The series started poorly for the Lakers, as they were defeated 148–114 on Memorial Day in Game 1, which was later dubbed as the "Memorial Day Massacre".[5] However, in the following five games, the Lakers stormed back to win the NBA Finals 4–2, credited mainly to the efforts of the 38-year-old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar. The venerable center almost single-handedly won Game 2 by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds, and his 36 points in Game 5 win were instrumental in establishing a 3–2 lead for Los Angeles.[22] While Abdul-Jabbar was named Finals MVP, Johnson contributed with 15.2 assists per game in the finals.[1][23] The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1985 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1984-85 NBA season. ... This article is about the holiday in the United States. ...


The 1985-86 NBA season proved to be a disappointment for Johnson and his Lakers. Despite Johnson's strong regular season averages of 18.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 12.6 assists per game,[1] the Lakers were unable to progress past the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.[24] Unable to resist the Houston "Twin Towers" of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, the Lakers bowed out 4–1. However, in the 1986-87 NBA season, Johnson was at his best, as he averaged career-highs of 23.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 12.2 assists per game,[1] which earned him his first NBA MVP award, the only trophy that had eluded him since his rookie year.[2] The Lakers met the Celtics again in the 1987 NBA Finals, and in Game 4, Johnson hit a last-second hook shot over the outstretched arms of Celtics big men Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to win the game 107–106.[25] The shot, which Johnson dubbed his "junior, junior, junior sky-hook", put the Lakers up three games to one, and Los Angeles went on to win in six games. For his feats, Johnson was awarded his third Finals MVP title.[25] The 1985-86 NBA Season was the 40th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1986 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1985-86 season. ... Look up Twin Towers in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Ralph Lee Sampson (born July 7, 1960 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... The 1986-87 NBA Season was the 41st season of the National Basketball Association. ... National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award was first awarded after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1986-87 NBA season. ... Frontcourt is a term used in basketball referring to the small forward, power forward, and center positions as a cohesive unit. ...


Repeat and falling short (1987–91)

Prior to the 1987-88 NBA season, Lakers coach Pat Riley publicly promised the media that they would defend the NBA title, even though the last team to successfully repeat their title was the Boston Celtics, who had won the 1968 and 1969 NBA Finals.[26] Johnson had another productive season (19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.9 assists per game) which included a dramatic off-balance game winning 3-point shot at the Boston Garden in a regular season game against the Celtics.[1] In the 1988 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers survived two narrow 4–3 series against the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks to get to the Finals and face the Detroit Pistons,[27] who were nicknamed the "Bad Boys" because they were often accused of playing excessively rough basketball.[28] After splitting the first six games 3–3, Laker forward and Finals MVP James Worthy had a triple-double of 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, powering his team to a 108–105 win.[29] The 1987-88 NBA season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Series Summary Celtics win series 4-2 Categories: | ... The 1969 NBA Finals was one of the most spectacular Finals series ever. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 1988 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1987-1988 season. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1987-88 NBA season. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ...


In the 1988-89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game earned him his second MVP award,[1] and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, where they again faced the Pistons. But after Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in Game 2, the Lakers were no match for the "Bad Boy" Pistons, who swept them 4–0.[30] A similar fate awaited Johnson in the following 1989-90 NBA season, when he won his third MVP award after a strong regular season with averages of 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game.[1] But after the retirement of Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers bowed out in the second playoff round to the Phoenix Suns.[31] In the 1990-91 NBA season, Johnson had another strong season (averages of 19.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 12.5 assists per game) and the Lakers reached the 1991 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. In this matchup, Johnson was pitted against shooting guard Michael Jordan, a multiple scoring champion regarded as the finest player of his era. However, the series failed to live up to the media billing, as Bulls defensive stalwart Scottie Pippen defended well against Johnson and Finals MVP Jordan led his team to a 4–1 win.[5] The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988-1989 NBA season Categories: | ... The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1990 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1989-1990 season. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The 1990-91 NBA Season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1991 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1990-91 NBA season. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players...


HIV announcement and Olympics (1991–92)

During a physical before the 1991-92 NBA season, it was discovered that Johnson had tested positive for HIV. Johnson made a public statement on November 7, 1991, and announced that he would retire immediately.[32] Johnson stated that both his wife Cookie and their unborn child did not have HIV, and that he was going to dedicate his life to "battle this deadly disease".[32] Johnson initially said that he did not know how he contracted the disease,[32] but later admitted that it was through having multiple sexual partners during his playing career, although he denied that he was homosexual.[33] U.S. President George H. W. Bush said: "For me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports." In medicine, the physical examination or clinical examination is the process by which the physician investigates the body of a patient for signs of disease. ... The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


Nonetheless, Johnson was still voted into the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, although his former teammates Byron Scott and A.C. Green said that Johnson should not play,[34] and several NBA players, including Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone argued that they would be at risk of contamination if Johnson suffered a bleeding wound while on court.[35] However, Johnson led the West to a 153–113 win and was crowned All-Star MVP after recording 25 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds.[36] The game ended after he made a last-minute three-pointer and his teammates ran onto the court, hugging him and exchanging high-fives.[37] The 1992 NBA All-Star Game was played February 9, 1992 in Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida. ... Byron Scott may refer to: Byron Scott, an American television reporter. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or, simply, three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ...

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Despite being HIV-positive, Johnson was chosen in the 1992 Olympic Games for the US basketball team, which was dubbed the Dream Team because of the numerous superstars on the roster.[38] During the tournament, Johnson struggled with knee problems and played for only a few of the games, but Johnson's presence alone was enough to provoke standing ovations from the crowd. He used the spotlight to attempt to inspire HIV positive people in several interviews.[9] Basketball has been played consistently at the Summer Olympic Games since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Final results for the Basketball competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. ... (Redirected from 1992 Olympic Games) There were two Olympic Games in the year 1992: 1992 Summer Olympics 1992 Winter Olympics This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... Dream Team or The Dream Team may refer to: Dream Team: the unofficial nickname of several United States mens basketball teams. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ...


Post-Olympics and later life

Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.
Johnson's number 32 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1992.

Johnson announced that he would attempt comeback to the Lakers for the 1992-93 NBA season. However, after he practiced and played in several pre-season games, he decided to return to retirement before the start of the regular season, citing controversy over his return from several NBA players.[8] After his retirement, Johnson engaged himself in many activities, including, among other things, writing a book on safer sex, running several businesses, working for NBC as a commentator, building up movie theaters in minority areas of Los Angeles and touring Asia and Australia with a basketball team comprising former college and NBA players.[2] The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the television network. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ...


Late in the 1993-94 NBA season, Johnson returned to the NBA when he replaced Randy Pfund as head coach of the Lakers. Johnson won his first five games, but after he lost the next six, he announced he would not continue coaching. Instead, in June 1994, Johnson purchased a share of his Lakers and became a part-time owner.[5] In the 1995-96 NBA season, Johnson made a short-lived second comeback as a player from January 1996 to May 1996. During his retirement, he had gone from 235 lb in 1992 to 255 lb, and he played power forward instead of his normal point guard position. At age 36, Johnson played the last 32 games of the season, and averaged 14.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.[1] The Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs,[39] and Johnson retired permanently, saying: "I am going out on my terms, something I couldn't say when I aborted a comeback in 1992."[8] The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Randy Pfund is a former NBA head coach and a current NBA executive. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The 1996 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1995-1996 season. ...


Personal life

Magic Johnson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Magic Johnson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

After his second retirement, Johnson hosted a late night talk show on Fox called The Magic Hour in 1998, but the show was cancelled after two months.[40] Today, he runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, a company that has a net worth of 700 million dollars,[41] and owns several subsidiaries, including Magic Johnson Productions, a promotional company, Magic Johnson Theaters, a nationwide chain of movie theaters, and Magic Johnson Entertainment, a movie studio.[42] He also is an NBA analyst for Turner Network Television,[43] and he is a major supporter of the Democratic Party, and has endorsed Phil Angelides for Governor of California,[44] and Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.[45] Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... FOX redirects here. ... The Magic Hour was a talk show hosted by basketball legend Earvin Magic Johnson that debuted on June 8, 1998 on syndicated television. ... Magic Johnson Enterprises is a company owned by former basketball superstar Magic Johnson. ... Magic Johnson Theaters is a chain of movie theaters which is a partnership between AMC Theaters and Johnson Development Corporation, the business holding corporation headed by basketball player Magic Johnson. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... California State Treasurer Phil Angelides Philip Nicholas Phil Angelides (IPA: æn. ... Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Governor Gray Davis (right) with President George W. Bush in 2003 The Governor of California is the highest executive authority in the state government, whose responsibilities include making yearly State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that... REDIRECT Hillary Rodham Clinton   This is a redirect from a title with another method of capitalisation. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...


Johnson first fathered a son in 1981, when Andre Johnson was born to Melissa Mitchell.[41] In 1991, Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly, with whom he had one son, Earvin III;[41] Johnson has also adopted a daughter, Elisa.[46]


HIV activism

In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDs.
In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDs.

After his public announcement of his infection, Johnson teamed up with his treating physician (Dr. Lynn Montana) to help educate the world's youth about the risks associated with HIV.[9] Johnson also set up the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV,[47] although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals.[48] In 1992, he joined the National Commission on AIDS, but left after only eight months, saying that the commission was not doing enough to combat the disease.[47] He was also the main speaker for the United Nations (UN) World AIDS Day Conference in 1999,[48] and he has served as a United Nations Messengers of Peace.[49] Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. ... UN redirects here. ... The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. ...


Johnson stated that abstinence is the safest way to avoid contracting HIV via sexual contact, and he used his status as a basketball player to help to reduce the prevalence of several popular prejudices about HIV.[9] Previously, HIV had been associated with drug addicts and homosexuals,[47] but Johnson's admission and subsequent campaigns publicized a risk of infection that included everyone. 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."[48] However, his appearances were not without controversy, as some felt his message of safer sex was risky and that he was an irresponsible role model.[9] In recent years, he has also been criticized by the AIDS community for his decreasing involvement in halting and publicizing the spread of the disease.[47][48]


Legacy

Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills.

—Introductory line of Johnson's biography, NBA Encyclopedia: Playoff Edition[2]

A statue of Magic Johnson outside of Staples Center
A statue of Magic Johnson outside of Staples Center

Johnson played the point guard position and is considered as one of the most successful and unique players in the history of the game. He was a five-time NBA champion and a 12-time All-Star, earned a place on ten All-NBA teams, and was thrice named MVP of the regular season and the Finals. In 905 NBA games, he scored 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.[1] Johnson shares the single game playoff record for assists with 24,[16] holds the Finals record for assists in a game with 21,[16] and has the most playoff assists with 2,346.[50] He holds the All-Star Game single game record for assists with 22, and the All-Star Game record for career assists with 127.[16] Johnson also remains the NBA's all-time leader in assists per game.[3] Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ...


Johnson is regarded as one of the most spectacular and controversial players ever. He introduced an up-tempo style of basketball that became known as "Showtime", described as a mix of "no-look passes off the fastbreak, pin-point alley-oops from halfcourt, spinning feeds and overhand bullets under the basket through triple teams."[5] Fellow Lakers guard Michael Cooper even stated that: "There have been times when he [Johnson] has thrown passes and I wasn't sure where he was going. Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must've thrown it through somebody."[5][8] He was also a unique player because he played point guard despite being 6-9, a size reserved normally for frontcourt players.[5] Johnson combined the size of a power forward, the one-on-one skills of a swingman and the ball handling talent of a guard, making him one of the most dangerous triple-double threats of all time: his 138 triple-double-games are second only to Oscar Robertson's 181.[51] This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently the head coach of the Womens National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Sparks. ... Swingman is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions; and, in essence, swing between the shooting guard and small forward positions. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ...


For his feats, Johnson was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time by the NBA in 1996,[52] and he was introduced into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.[53] In 2006, ESPN.com rated Johnson the greatest point guard of all time, and stated: "It could be argued that he's the one player in NBA history who was better than Michael Jordan."[4] Several of his achievements in individual games have also been named one of the top moments in the NBA.[14][54][55] The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Rivalry with Larry Bird

Ever since the 1979 NCAA Finals, in which Johnson's Michigan State squad defeated Larry Bird's Indiana State team, Johnson and Bird were linked as rivals. From 1980 to 1988, their respective Lakers and Celtics teams won eight of nine NBA titles. The rivalry reached its climax in the mid-'80s, when their teams met in three NBA Finals (1984, 1985, 1987). Several journalists hypothesised that the Johnson-Bird rivalry was so appealing because it represented many other rivalries, such as the clash between Lakers and Celtics, between Hollywood flash ("Showtime") and Boston/Indiana blue collar grit ("Celtics Pride"), and between blacks and whites.[20][56] Johnson appreciated the rivalry greatly, asserting that for him, the 82 game regular season was composed of 80 normal games and "the two", i.e. the Lakers-Celtics games. Similarly, Bird admitted that Johnson's box score was the first thing he looked at after every game day, stating everything else was unimportant.[37] In competitive sports, games or matches are often summarized in a box score. ...


Apart from the on-court differences, the rivalry proved significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Prior to Johnson and Bird, the league had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings.[57] With the two Hall-of-Famers, the league won a whole generation of new fans,[58] drawing both traditionalist adherents of Bird's dirt court Indiana game and those appreciative of Johnson's public park flair. Sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN even went as far as to assert that Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy.[8]


As fierce as their on-court feud was, Johnson and Bird became very good friends in private life, ironically during the filming of a joint 1984 Converse shoe ad which was meant to depict them as enemies. However, some had observed a mutual respect, noted in separate cartoons in Sports Illustrated which showed Johnson and Bird looking admiringly at statues of each other. When Bird retired in 1992, Johnson appeared at his retirement ceremony and emotionally described Bird as a "friend forever".[37] During Johnson's induction into the Hall of Fame, Bird formally inducted Johnson during the ceremony.[58] For other uses, see Converse (disambiguation). ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Books

Biographies

Johnson's autobiography is Johnson, Earvin (1992). Magic Johnson: My Life. Random House. ISBN 0449222543.  Other biographies include: Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...

  • Haskins, James (1981). Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson. ISBN 0-89490-044-7. 
  • Morgan, Bill (1991). The Magic: Earvin Johnson. ISBN 0-606-01895-6. 
  • Gutman, Bill (1991). Magic: More Than a Legend. ISBN 0-06-100542-8. 
  • Gutman, Bill (1992). Magic Johnson: Hero On and Off the Court. ISBN 1-56294-287-5. 
  • Johnson, Rick L. (1992). Magic Johnson: Basketball's Smiling Superstar. ISBN 0-87518-553-3. 
  • Schwabacher, Martin (1993). Magic Johnson (Junior World Biographies). ISBN 0-7910-2038-X. 
  • Rozakis, Laurie (1993). Magic Johnson: Basketball Immortal. ISBN 0-86592-025-7. 
  • Frank, Steven (1994). Magic Johnson (Basketball Legends). ISBN 0-7910-2430-X. 
  • Blatt, Howard (1996). Magic! Against The Odds. ISBN 0-671-00301-1. 
  • Gottfried, Ted (2001). Earvin Magic Johnson: Champion and Crusader. ISBN 0-531-11675-1. 

Instructional

  • Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1992). Magic's Touch: From Fundamentals to Fast Break With One of Basketball's All-Time Greats. ISBN 0-201-63222-5. 
  • Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1996). What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS. ISBN 0-8129-2844-X. 
    • Updated version of Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1992). Unsafe Sex in the Age of AIDS. ISBN 0-8129-2063-5. 

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External links

  • Magic Johnson Player Info at NBA.com
  • Magic Johnson Statistics at Basketball-Reference.com
  • Magic Johnson Bio, NBA Encyclopedia, Playoff Edition
  • Basketball Hall of Fame biography
Preceded by
Jack Givens
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1979
Succeeded by
Darrell Griffith
Preceded by
Mychal Thompson
NBA first overall draft pick
1979 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Joe Barry Carroll
Preceded by
Larry Bird
Michael Jordan
NBA Most Valuable Player
1986-87
1989-90 and 1990-91
Succeeded by
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
Preceded by
Karl Malone
Charles Barkley
NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
1990
1992
Succeeded by
Charles Barkley
Karl Malone & John Stockton
Preceded by
Randy Pfund
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
1994
Succeeded by
Del Harris
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Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky[1]) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Dirk Werner Nowitzki (pronounced ) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Ed Macualey (born March 22, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri), is a former professional basketball player. ... Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed Pitchin Paul, was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1950 to 1962. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Adrian Howard Smith (born October 5, 1936 in Farmington, Kentucky) is an American former NBA player. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Randolph Randy Smith (born December 12, 1948 in Bellport, New York) is a former professional basketball player who set the NBA record for consecutive games played. ... David ONeil Thompson (born July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina) is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as the Seattle SuperSonics. ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... This article is about the NBA Player. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Ralph Lee Sampson (born July 7, 1960 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Some people with the name Tom Chambers include the following: Tom Chambers, the former professional NBA basketball player from Utah Tom R. Chambers, a portraiture and visual artist Tom Chambers, a Virginia-based photographer Tom Chambers, a San Diego journalist Tom Chambers, an English actor Tom Chambers, a Washington State... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Mitchell James (Mitch) Richmond (born June 30, 1965 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... Donald Earl Slick Watts (born July 22, 1951 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi) is a New York City streetball legend, who also played in the NBA in the mid-1970s. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Calvin Murphy (born May 9, 1948, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBAs Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ... Austin George Carr (born March 10, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is a former professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association. ... Mike Theodore Stinger Glenn (born September 10, 1955 in Rome, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Benson taking a hook shot Michael Kent Benson (born December 27, 1954 in New Castle, Indiana) is a former collegiate and pro basketball player. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 and raised in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Frank Layden is a former coach and executive with the NBAs Utah Jazz, in addition to being a former coach and player with Niagara University. ... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently the head coach of the Womens National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Sparks. ... Rory Darnell Sparrow (born June 12, 1958 in Suffolk, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. He played collegiately at Villanova University. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Alex English (born January 5, 1954 in Columbia, South Carolina), is a former University of South Carolina and Denver Nuggets basketball forward. ... Thurl Lee Bailey (born July 7, 1961 in Washington, D.C.) is former professional basketball player in the NBA and the whose career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Glenn Anton Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player from Marquette University who played point guard in the National Basketball Association notably for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. ... For other uses, see Kevin Johnson (disambiguation). ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... For the keyboardist for Underoath, see Christopher Dudley Christen Guilford Dudley (born February 22, 1965) is a former NBA basketball player, who spent sixteen years playing for different teams. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. ... Steven (Steve) Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association player. ... Brian Wade Grant (born March 5, 1972, in Columbus, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player. ... Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced ) (born February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, Serbia) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the United States NBA. At 71 he played at center and was known for his deft passing skills. ... Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, more commonly known as Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966), is a basketball player in the NBA, playing at the position of center for the Houston Rockets. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965, in Riverside, California) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Eric Snow (born April 24, 1973 in Canton, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Snow began his basketball career at Canton McKinley High School, where he played with classmate and former NBA player Michael Hawkins. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a long and storied history, predating the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA franchise. ... This is a list of seasons completed by the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2007-08 Los Angeles Lakers season will be their 62nd season in the NBA and their 48th in Los Angeles. ... Minneapolis Auditorium was an indoor arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is an indoor arena in Los Angeles, California. ... The Forum, known for a time as the Great Western Forum, is an indoor arena in Inglewood, California owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church, which uses it for its Sunday morning service. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... John Albert Kundla (born July 3, 1916 in Star Junction, Pennsylvania) is a former professional and college basketball coach. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... 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Jack McKinney is a former college and professional basketball coach. ... Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... Mike Dunleavy Sr. ... Randy Pfund is a former NBA head coach and a current NBA executive. ... Del Harris Delmer W. Harris (June 18, 1937, Plainfield (or Orleans), Indiana) is a former NBA head coach and current assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks under head coach Avery Johnson. ... Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958 in Cupertino, California) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This article is about the basketball coach. ... Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ... 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Hawkins dazzled crowds from playgrounds to arenas with his highflying acrobatic moves. ... Francis Dayle Chick Hearn (November 27, 1916 - August 5, 2002) was an American sportscaster. ... Clyde Lovellette (born September 7, 1929 in Petersburg, Indiana) is a former professional basketbal player, the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA, Olympics and NBA championship squad. ... Slater Nelson Dugie Martin, Jr. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Arild Verner Agerskov Vern Mikkelsen (born October 21, 1928 in Fresno, California) is a former pro basketball player. ... Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward (also plays both forward spots and is a point-forward) for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Lakers. ... 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