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Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He 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. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996 to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

Personal information

Date of birth

August 14, 1959 (1959-08-14) (age 51)

Place of birth

Lansing, Michigan

Listed height

6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

Listed weight

255 lb (116 kg)

Career information


Michigan State

NBA Draft

1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1

Pro career


Career History

Los Angeles Lakers (1979–1991, 1996)

Career highlights and awards

5× NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–1988)

3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989–1990

12× All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)

3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)

9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)


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