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As a player

NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 3× NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP (1980, 1982, 1987) 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990) 12× NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
(1980, 1982–1992) 2× NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game MVP (1990, 1992) 9× All-NBA First Team
All-NBA First Team
(1983–1991) All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Second Team
(1982) NBA All-Rookie First Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
(1980) 4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987) 2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982) J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
(1992) NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team No. 32 retired by Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers NCAA champion (1979) NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979) Consensus first-team All-American (1979) Second-team All-American – NABC (1978) Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1978) No. 33 retired by Michigan State

Career statistics

Points 17,707 (19.5 ppg)

Rebounds 6,559 (7.2 rpg)

Assists 10,141 (11.2 apg)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame as player

College Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Inducted in 2006

Medals

Men's basketball

Representing  United States

Olympic Games

1992 Barcelona Team competition

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals
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 contracted 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, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time. Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA
All-NBA
First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.[1] Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"), which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games.[2] Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team".[3] He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN
ESPN
in 2007.[4] His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex,[3] as well as an entrepreneur,[5] philanthropist,[6] broadcaster and motivational speaker.[7] His public announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 helped dispel the stereotype, still widely held at the time, that HIV
HIV
was a "gay disease" that heterosexuals need not worry about; his bravery in making this announcement was widely commended.[8] Named by Ebony magazine as one of America's most influential black businessmen in 2009,[9] Johnson has numerous business interests, and was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years. Johnson also is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.[10]

Contents

1 Early years 2 College career 3 Professional career

3.1 Rookie season in the NBA (1979–1980) 3.2 Ups and downs (1980–1983) 3.3 Battles against the Celtics (1983–1987) 3.4 Repeat and falling short (1987–1991) 3.5 HIV
HIV
announcement and Olympics (1991–1992) 3.6 Post-Olympics and later life

3.6.1 Return to the Lakers as coach and player (1994, 1996) 3.6.2 Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
All-Stars 3.6.3 Brief period in Scandinavia

4 Executive career 5 Off the court

5.1 Personal life 5.2 Media figure and business interests 5.3 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers 5.4 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Sparks 5.5 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Football Club 5.6 Politics 5.7 HIV
HIV
activism

6 Career achievements

6.1 Rivalry with Larry Bird

7 Relationship with Jerry Buss 8 NBA career statistics

8.1 Regular season 8.2 Playoffs

9 Head coaching record 10 Books

10.1 Biographies 10.2 Instructional

11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Early years Earvin Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Earvin Sr., a General Motors
General Motors
assembly worker, and Christine, a school custodian.[11] Johnson, who had six siblings,[12][13][14] was influenced by his parents' strong work ethic. Johnson's mother spent many hours after work each night cleaning their home and preparing the next day's meals, while his father did janitorial work at a used car lot and collected garbage, all while never missing a day at General Motors. Earvin Jr. would often help his father on the garbage route, and he was teased by neighborhood children who called him "Garbage Man."[15] Johnson grew up in Lansing, and came to love basketball as a youngster. His favorite basketball player was Bill Russell, whom he admired more for his many championships than his athletic ability.[16] He also idolized players such as Earl Monroe
Earl Monroe
and Marques Haynes,[17] and practiced "all day."[3] Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
came from an athletic family. His father played high school basketball in his home state of Mississippi,[18] and Johnson learned the finer points about the game from him. Johnson's mother, originally from North Carolina,[18] had also played basketball as a child, and she grew up watching her brothers play the game.[16] By the time he had reached the eighth grade, Johnson had begun to think about a future in basketball. He had become a dominant junior high player, once scoring 48 points in a game.[13] Johnson looked forward to playing at Sexton High School, a school with a very successful basketball team and a great tradition that also happened to be only five blocks from his home. His plans underwent a dramatic change when he learned that he would be bused to predominately white Everett High School[16][19] instead of going to Sexton, which was predominately black.[13][20] Johnson's sister Pearl and his brother Larry had bused to Everett the previous year and did not have a pleasant experience. There were incidents of racism, with rocks being thrown at buses carrying black students, and white parents refusing to send their children to school. Larry was kicked off the basketball team after a confrontation during practice, prompting him to beg Earvin not to play. Johnson did join the basketball team but became angry after several days when his new teammates ignored him during practice, not even passing the ball. He nearly got into a fight with another player before head coach George Fox intervened. Eventually Johnson accepted his situation, and the small group of black students looked to him as their leader.[13] When recalling the events in his autobiography, My Life, he talked about how his time at Everett had changed him:

As I look back on it today, I see the whole picture very differently. It's true that I hated missing out on Sexton. And the first few months, I was miserable at Everett. But being bused to Everett turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. It got me out of my own little world and taught me how to understand white people, how to communicate and deal with them.[13]

Johnson was first dubbed "Magic" as a 15-year-old sophomore playing for Everett High School, when he recorded a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists.[3] After the game, Fred Stabley Jr., a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal, gave him the moniker[21] despite the belief of Johnson's mother, a Christian, that the name was sacrilegious.[3] In 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,[3] and took his team to an overtime victory in the state championship game.[22] Johnson dedicated the championship victory to his best friend Reggie Chastine, who was killed in a car accident the previous summer.[23] He gave Chastine much of the credit for his development as a basketball player and as a person,[24] saying years later, "I doubted myself back then."[25] Johnson and Chastine were almost always together, playing basketball or riding around in Chastine's car.[15] Upon learning of Chastine's death, Magic ran from his home, crying uncontrollably.[25] Johnson, who finished his high school career with two All-State selections, was considered at the time to be the best high school player ever to come out of Michigan[23] and was also named to the 1977 McDonald's All-American team.[26] College career Although Johnson was recruited by several top-ranked colleges such as Indiana and UCLA, he decided to play close to home.[27] His college decision came down to Michigan and Michigan State in East Lansing. He ultimately decided to attend Michigan State when coach Jud Heathcote told him he could play the point guard position. The talent already on Michigan State's roster also drew him to the program.[28] Johnson did not initially aspire to play professionally, focusing instead on his communication studies major and on his desire to become a television commentator.[29] Playing with future NBA draftees Greg Kelser, Jay Vincent and Mike Brkovich, 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.[3] The Spartans reached the Elite Eight, but lost narrowly to eventual national champion Kentucky.[30] During the 1978–79 season, Michigan State again qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the championship game and faced Indiana State, which was led by senior Larry Bird. In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever,[31] Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.[22] He was selected to the 1978–79 All-American team for his performance that season.[32] After two years in college, during which he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, Johnson entered the 1979 NBA draft.[33] Jud Heathcote stepped down as coach of the Spartans after the 1994–95 season, and on June 8, 1995, Johnson returned to the Breslin Center
Breslin Center
to play in the Jud Heathcote All-Star Tribute Game. He led all scorers with 39 points.[34] Professional career Rookie season in the NBA (1979–1980) Johnson was drafted first overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers. Johnson said that what was "most amazing" about joining the Lakers was the chance to play alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,[35] the team's 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) center who became the leading scorer in NBA history.[36] Despite Abdul-Jabbar's dominance, he had failed to win a championship with the Lakers, and Johnson was expected to help them achieve that goal.[37] Johnson averaged 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game for the season, was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team, and was named an NBA All-Star Game starter.[38] The Lakers compiled a 60–22 record in the regular season and reached the 1980 NBA Finals,[39] in which they faced the Philadelphia 76ers, who were led by forward Julius Erving. The Lakers took a 3–2 lead in the series, but Abdul-Jabbar, who averaged 33 points a game in the series,[40] sprained his ankle in Game 5 and could not play in Game 6.[37] Paul Westhead decided to start Johnson at center in Game 6; Johnson recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals in a 123–107 win, while playing guard, forward, and center at different times during the game.[37] Johnson became the only rookie to win the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP award,[37] and his clutch performance is still regarded as one of the finest in NBA history.[4][41][42] He also became one of four players to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.[43] Ups and downs (1980–1983) Early in the 1980–81 season, Johnson was sidelined after he suffered torn cartilage in his left knee. He missed 45 games,[33] and said that his rehabilitation was the "most down" he had ever felt.[44] Johnson returned before the start of the 1981 playoffs, but the Lakers' then-assistant and future head coach Pat Riley
Pat Riley
later said Johnson's much-anticipated return made the Lakers a "divided team".[45] The 54-win Lakers faced the 40–42 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the first round of playoffs,[46][47] where Houston upset the Lakers 2–1 after Johnson airballed a last-second shot in Game 3.[48] In 1981, after the 1980–81 season, Johnson signed a 25-year, $25-million contract with the Lakers, which was the highest-paying contract in sports history up to that point.[49] Early in the 1981–82 season, Johnson had a heated dispute with Westhead, who Johnson said made the Lakers "slow" and "predictable".[50] After Johnson demanded to be traded, Lakers owner Jerry Buss
Jerry Buss
fired Westhead and replaced him with Riley. Although Johnson denied responsibility for Westhead's firing,[51] he was booed across the league, even by Laker fans.[3] However, Buss was also unhappy with the Lakers offense and had intended on firing Westhead days before the Westhead–Johnson altercation, but assistant GM Jerry West
Jerry West
and GM Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
had convinced Buss to delay his decision.[52] Despite his off-court troubles, Johnson averaged 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and a league-high 2.7 steals per game, and was voted a member of the All-NBA
All-NBA
Second Team.[33] He also joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson
as the only NBA players to tally at least 700 points, 700 rebounds, and 700 assists in the same season.[22] The Lakers advanced through the 1982 playoffs and faced Philadelphia for the second time in three years 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
NBA Finals
MVP award.[53] During the championship series against the Sixers, Johnson averaged 16.2 points on .533 shooting, 10.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.[54] Johnson later said that his third season was when the Lakers first became a great team,[55] and he credited their success to Riley.[56] During the 1982–83 NBA season, Johnson averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game and earned his first All-NBA First Team
All-NBA First Team
nomination.[33] The Lakers again reached the Finals, and for a third time faced the Sixers, who featured center Moses Malone
Moses Malone
as well as Erving.[57] With Johnson's teammates Norm Nixon, James Worthy, and Bob McAdoo
Bob McAdoo
all hobbled by injuries, the Lakers were swept by the Sixers, and Malone was crowned the Finals MVP.[57] In a losing effort against Philadelphia, Johnson averaged 19.0 points on .403 shooting, 12.5 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game.[58] Battles against the Celtics (1983–1987) Prior to Johnson's fifth season, West—who had become the Lakers general manager—traded Nixon to free Johnson from sharing the ball-handling responsibilities.[59] Johnson that season averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.1 assists, as well as 7.3 rebounds per game.[33] The Lakers reached the Finals for the third year in a row, where Johnson's Lakers and Bird's Celtics met for the first time in the post-season.[60] The Lakers won the first game, and led by two points in Game 2 with 18 seconds to go, but after a layup by Gerald Henderson, Johnson failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded, and the Lakers lost 124–121 in overtime.[60] In Game 3, Johnson responded with 21 assists in a 137–104 win, but in Game 4, he again made several crucial errors late in the contest. In the final minute of the game, Johnson had the ball stolen by Celtics center Robert Parish, and then missed two free throws that could have won the game. The Celtics won Game 4 in overtime, and the teams split the next two games. In the decisive Game 7 in Boston, as the Lakers trailed by three points in the final minute, opposing point guard Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson
stole the ball from Johnson, a play that effectively ended the series.[60] Friends Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre
Mark Aguirre
consoled him that night, talking until the morning in his Boston hotel room amidst fan celebrations on the street.[61][62] During the Finals, Johnson averaged 18.0 points on .560 shooting, 13.6 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game.[63] Johnson later described the series as "the one championship we should have had but didn't get".[64]

Johnson (right) battles Boston's Cedric Maxwell in 1985 NBA Finals

In the 1984–85 regular season, Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game and led the Lakers into the 1985 NBA Finals, where they faced the Celtics again. The series started poorly for the Lakers when they allowed an NBA Finals record 148 points to the Celtics in a 34-point loss in Game 1.[65] However, Abdul-Jabbar, who was now 38 years old, scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Game 2, and his 36 points in a Game 5 win were instrumental in establishing a 3–2 lead for Los Angeles.[65] After the Lakers defeated the Celtics in six games, Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson, who averaged 18.3 points on .494 shooting, 14.0 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game in the championship series,[66][67] said the Finals win was the highlight of their careers.[68] Johnson again averaged a double-double in the 1985–86 NBA season, with 18.8 points, 12.6 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game.[33] The Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals, but were unable to defeat the Houston Rockets, who advanced to the Finals in five games.[69] In the next season, Johnson averaged a career-high of 23.9 points, as well as 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game,[33] and earned his first regular season MVP award.[3][70] The Lakers met the Celtics for the third time in the NBA Finals, and in Game 4 Johnson hit a last-second hook shot over Celtics big men Parish and Kevin McHale to win the game 107–106.[71] The game-winning shot, which Johnson dubbed his "junior, junior, junior sky-hook",[71] helped Los Angeles
Los Angeles
defeat Boston in six games. Johnson was awarded his third Finals MVP title after averaging 26.2 points on .541 shooting, 13.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.33 steals per game.[71][72] Repeat and falling short (1987–1991)

Johnson with the Lakers, c. 1987

Before the 1987–88 NBA season, Lakers coach Pat Riley
Pat Riley
publicly promised that they would defend the NBA title, even though no team had won consecutive titles since the Celtics did so in the 1969 NBA Finals.[73] Johnson had another productive season with averages of 19.6 points, 11.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game despite missing 10 games with a groin injury.[33] In the 1988 playoffs, the Lakers swept the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
in 3 games, then survived two 4–3 series against the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
and the Dallas Mavericks to reach the Finals and face Thomas and the Detroit Pistons,[74] who with players such as Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Vinnie Johnson and Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman
were known as the "Bad Boys" for their physical style of play.[75] Johnson and Thomas greeted each other with a kiss on the cheek before the opening tip of Game 1, which they called a display of brotherly love.[62][76][77] After the teams split the first six games, Lakers forward and Finals MVP James Worthy had his first career triple-double of 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists, and led his team to a 108–105 win.[78] Despite not being named MVP, Johnson had a strong championship series, averaging 21.1 points on .550 shooting, 13.0 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.[79] It was the fifth and final NBA championship of his career.[80] In the 1988–89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game[33] earned him his second MVP award,[81] and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, in which they again faced the Pistons. However, after Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in Game 2, the Lakers were no match for the Pistons, who swept them 4–0.[82] Playing without Abdul-Jabbar for the first time, Johnson won his third MVP award[83] after a strong 1989–90 NBA season in which he averaged 22.3 points, 11.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.[33] However, the Lakers bowed out to the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in the Western Conference semifinals, which was the Lakers' earliest playoffs elimination in nine years.[84] Mike Dunleavy became the Lakers' head coach in 1990–91, when Johnson had grown to be the league's third-oldest point guard. He had become more powerful and stronger than in his earlier years, but was also slower and less nimble.[85] Under Dunleavy, the offense used more half-court sets, and the team had a renewed emphasis on defense.[86] Johnson performed well during the season, with averages of 19.4 points, 12.5 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game, and the Lakers reached the 1991 NBA Finals. There they faced the Chicago Bulls, led by shooting guard Michael Jordan, a five-time scoring champion regarded as the finest player of his era.[87][88] Although the series was portrayed as a matchup between Johnson and Jordan,[89] Bulls forward Scottie Pippen defended effectively against Johnson. Despite two triple-doubles from Johnson during the series, finals MVP Jordan led his team to a 4–1 win.[3] In the last championship series of his career, Johnson averaged 18.6 points on .431 shooting, 12.4 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game.[90] HIV
HIV
announcement and Olympics (1991–1992) After a physical before the 1991–92 NBA season, Johnson discovered that he had tested positive for HIV. In a press conference held on November 7, 1991, Johnson made a public announcement that he would retire immediately.[8] He stated that his wife Cookie and their unborn child did not have HIV, and that he would dedicate his life to "battle this deadly disease".[8] Johnson initially said that he did not know how he contracted the disease,[8] but later acknowledged that it was through having multiple sexual partners during his playing career.[91] At the time, only a small percentage of HIV-positive American men had contracted it from heterosexual sex,[77][92] and it was initially rumored that Johnson was gay or bisexual, although he denied both.[77] Johnson later accused Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
of spreading the rumors, a claim Thomas denied.[62][93] Johnson's HIV
HIV
announcement became a major news story in the United States,[92] and in 2004 was named as ESPN's seventh-most memorable moment of the past 25 years.[8] Many articles praised Johnson as a hero, and former U.S. President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
said, "For me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports."[92] Despite his retirement, Johnson was voted by fans as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game at Orlando Arena, although his former teammates Byron Scott
Byron Scott
and A. C. Green
A. C. Green
said that Johnson should not play,[94] and several NBA players, including Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
forward Karl Malone, argued that they would be at risk of contamination if Johnson suffered an open wound while on court.[95] Johnson led the West to a 153–113 win and was crowned All-Star MVP after recording 25 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds.[96] The game ended after he made a last-minute three-pointer, and players from both teams ran onto the court to congratulate Johnson.[97] Johnson was chosen to compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics
1992 Summer Olympics
for the US basketball team, dubbed the "Dream Team" because of the NBA stars on the roster.[98] The Dream Team, which along with Johnson included fellow Hall of Famers such as Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird, was considered unbeatable.[99] The Dream Team dominated the competition, winning the gold medal with an 8–0 record, beating their opponents by an average of 43.8 points per game. Johnson averaged 8.0 points per game during the Olympics, and his 5.5 assists per game was second on the team.[99][100] Johnson played infrequently because of knee problems,[101] but he received standing ovations from the crowd, and used the opportunity to inspire HIV-positive people.[29] Post-Olympics and later life Before the 1992–93 NBA season, Johnson announced his intention to stage an NBA comeback. After practicing and playing in several pre-season games, he returned to retirement before the start of the regular season, citing controversy over his return sparked by opposition from several active players.[22] In an August, 2011 interview Johnson said that in retrospect, he wished that he had never retired after being diagnosed with HIV, saying, "If I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have retired."[102] Johnson said that despite the physical, highly competitive practices and scrimmages leading up to the 1992 Olympics, some of those same teammates still expressed concerns about his return to the NBA. He said that he retired because he "didn't want to hurt the game."[102] During his retirement, Johnson has written a book on safe sex, run several businesses, worked for NBC
NBC
as a commentator, and toured Asia, Australia and New Zealand with a basketball team of former college and NBA players.[3] In 1985, Johnson created "A Midsummer Night's Magic", a yearly charity event which included a celebrity basketball game and a black tie dinner. The proceeds went to the United Negro College Fund, and Johnson held this event for twenty years, ending in 2005. "A Midsummer Night's Magic" eventually came under the umbrella of the Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Foundation, which he founded in 1991.[103] The 1992 event, which was the first one held after Johnson's appearance in the 1992 Olympics, raised over $1.3 million for UNCF. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
joined Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
and celebrity coach Spike Lee
Spike Lee
to lead the blue team to a 147–132 victory over the white team, which was coached by Arsenio Hall.[104][105] Return to the Lakers as coach and player (1994, 1996)

Johnson and Mayor Richard Riordan
Richard Riordan
in 1995

Johnson returned to the NBA as coach of the Lakers near the end of the 1993–94 NBA season, replacing Randy Pfund, and Bill Bertka, who served as an interim coach for two games.[106][107] Johnson, who took the job at the urging of owner Jerry Buss, admitted "I've always had the desire (to coach) in the back of my mind." He insisted that his health was not an issue, while downplaying questions about returning as a player, saying, "I'm retired. Let's leave it at that."[108] Amid speculation from general manager Jerry West
Jerry West
that he may only coach until the end of the season,[108] Johnson took over a team that had a 28–38 record, and won his first game as head coach, a 110–101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.[109] He was coaching a team that had five of his former teammates on the roster: Vlade Divac, Elden Campbell, Tony Smith, Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, and Michael Cooper, who was brought in as an assistant coach.[108][110] Johnson, who still had a guaranteed player contract that would pay him $14.6 million during the 1994–95 NBA season, signed a separate contract to coach the team that had no compensation.[108] The Lakers played well initially, winning five of their first six games under Johnson, but after losing the next five games, Johnson announced that he was resigning as coach after the season. The Lakers finished the season on a ten-game losing streak, and Johnson's final record as a head coach was 5–11.[107] Stating that it was never his dream to coach, he chose instead to purchase a 5% share of the team in June 1994.[3] At the age of 36, Johnson attempted another comeback as a player when he re-joined the Lakers during the 1995–96 NBA season. During his retirement, Johnson began intense workouts to help his fight against HIV, raising his bench press from 135 to 300 pounds, and increasing his weight to 255 pounds.[25] He officially returned to the team on January 29, 1996,[111] and played his first game the following day against the Golden State Warriors. Coming off the bench, Johnson had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists to help the Lakers to a 128–118 victory.[112] On February 14, Johnson recorded the final triple-double of his career, when he scored 15 points, along with 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a victory against the Atlanta Hawks.[112] Playing power forward, he averaged 14.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game in 32 games, and finished tied for 12th place with Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
in voting for the MVP Award.[33][113] The Lakers had a record of 22–10 in the games Johnson played, and he considered his final comeback "a success."[111] While Johnson played well in 1996, there were struggles both on and off the court. Cedric Ceballos, upset over a reduction in his playing time after Johnson's arrival, left the team for several days.[114][115] He missed two games and was stripped of his title as team captain.[116] Nick Van Exel received a seven-game suspension for bumping referee Ron Garretson during a game on April 9. Johnson was publicly critical of Van Exel, saying his actions were "inexcusable."[117] Ironically Johnson was himself suspended five days later, when he bumped referee Scott Foster, missing three games. He also missed several games due to a calf injury.[111] Despite these difficulties, the Lakers finished with a record of 53–29 and fourth seed in the NBA Playoffs. Although they were facing the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, the Lakers had home court advantage in the five-game series. The Lakers played poorly in a Game 1 loss, prompting Johnson to express frustration with his role in coach Del Harris' offense.[118] Johnson led the way to a Game 2 victory with 26 points, but averaged only 7.5 points per game for the remainder of the series, which the Rockets won three games to one.[119] After the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the first round of the playoffs,[120] Johnson initially expressed a desire to return to the team for the 1996–97 NBA season, but he also talked about joining another team as a free agent, hoping to see more playing time at point guard instead of power forward.[111] A few days later Johnson changed his mind and retired permanently, saying, "I am going out on my terms, something I couldn't say when I aborted a comeback in 1992."[22][111] Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
All-Stars Determined to play competitive basketball despite being out of the NBA, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
All-Stars, a barnstorming team composed of former NBA and college players. In 1994 Johnson joined with former pros Mark Aguirre, Reggie Theus, John Long, Earl Cureton, Jim Farmer, and Lester Conner, as his team played games in Australia, Israel, South America, Europe, New Zealand, and Japan. They also toured the United States, playing five games against teams from the CBA. In the final game of the CBA series, Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
had 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists, leading the All-Stars to a 126–121 victory over the Oklahoma City Cavalry.[121] By the time he returned to the Lakers in 1996, the Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
All-Stars had amassed a record of 55–0, and Johnson was earning as much as $365,000 per game.[25] Johnson played with the team frequently over the next several years, with possibly the most memorable game occurring in November, 2001. Magic, at the age of 42, played with the All-Stars against his alma mater, Michigan State. Although he played in a celebrity game to honor coach Jud Heathcoate in 1995,[34] this was Johnson's first meaningful game played in his hometown of Lansing in 22 years. Playing in front of a sold out arena, Johnson had a triple-double and played the entire game, but his all-star team lost to the Spartans by two points. Johnson's half court shot at the buzzer would have won the game, but it fell short.[122][123] On November 1, 2002 Johnson returned to play a second exhibition game against Michigan State. Playing with the Canberra Cannons
Canberra Cannons
of Australia's National Basketball
Basketball
League instead of his usual group of players, Johnson's team defeated the Spartans 104–85, as he scored 12 points, with 10 assists and 10 rebounds.[124] Brief period in Scandinavia In 1999, Johnson joined the Swedish squad M7 Borås (now known as 'Borås Basket'), and was undefeated in five games with the team.[125][126] Johnson also became a co-owner of the club;[127] however, the project failed after one season and the club was forced into reconstruction.[127] He later joined the Danish team The Great Danes.[127] Executive career On February 21, 2017, Johnson replaced Jim Buss
Jim Buss
as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers.[128] Off the court Personal life

Johnson with his wife, Cookie, in 2014

Johnson first fathered a son in 1981, when Andre Johnson was born to Melissa Mitchell. Although Andre was raised by his mother, he visited Johnson each summer, and later worked for Magic Johnson Enterprises as a marketing director.[5] In 1991, Johnson married Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly in a small wedding in Lansing which included guests Thomas, Aguirre, and Herb Williams.[129] Johnson and Cookie have one son, Earvin III (EJ), who is openly gay and a star on the reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.[5][130] The couple adopted a daughter, Elisa, in 1995.[131] Johnson resides in Dana Point, California.[132] Johnson is a Christian[133] and has said his faith is "the most important thing" in his life.[134] In 2010, Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
and current and former NBA players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bill Russell, as well as Maya Moore from the WNBA, played a basketball game with President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
as an exhibition for a group of military troops who had been injured in action. The game was played at a gym inside Fort McNair, and reporters covering the President were not allowed to enter. The basketball game was part of festivities organized to celebrate Obama's 49th birthday.[135] Media figure and business interests

Johnson giving a speech at the George R. Brown Convention Center
George R. Brown Convention Center
in Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
on April 25, 2013.

In 1998, Johnson hosted a late night talk show on the Fox network called The Magic Hour, but the show was canceled after two months because of low ratings.[136] Shortly after the cancellation of his talk show, Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
started a record label. The label, initially called Magic 32 Records, was renamed Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Music when Johnson signed a joint venture with MCA in 2000. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Music signed R&B artist Avant as its first act.[137][138] Johnson also co-promoted Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope Tour through his company Magicworks.[139] He has also worked as a motivational speaker,[7] and was an NBA commentator for Turner Network Television
Turner Network Television
for seven years,[140] before becoming a studio analyst for ESPN's NBA Countdown in 2008.[141] Johnson runs Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Enterprises, a conglomerate company that has a net worth of $700 million;[5] its subsidiaries include Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Productions, a promotional company; Magic Johnson Theaters, a nationwide chain of movie theaters; and Magic Johnson Entertainment, a film studio.[142] In addition to these business ventures, Johnson has also created the Magic Card, a pre-paid MasterCard
MasterCard
aimed at helping low-income people save money and participate in electronic commerce.[143] In 2006, Johnson created a contract food service with Sodexo
Sodexo
USA called Sodexo-Magic.[144][145] In 2004, Johnson and his partner Ken Lombard, sold Magic Johnson Theaters to Loews Cineplex Entertainment
Loews Cineplex Entertainment
in 2004. The first Magic Johnson Theater located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, closed in 2010 and re-opened in 2011 as Rave Cinema 15.[146] Johnson began thinking of life after basketball while still playing with the Lakers. He wondered why so many athletes had failed at business, and sought advice. During his seventh season in the NBA, he had a meeting with Michael Ovitz, CEO of Creative Artists Agency. Ovitz encouraged him to start reading business magazines and to use every connection available to him. Johnson learned everything he could about business, often meeting with corporate executives during road trips.[9] Johnson's first foray into business, a high-end sporting goods store named Magic 32,[9] failed after only one year, costing him $200,000.[147] The experience taught him to listen to his customers and find out what products they wanted. Johnson has become a leading voice on how to invest in urban communities, creating redevelopment opportunities in underserved areas, most notably through his movie theaters and his partnership with Starbucks. He went to Starbucks
Starbucks
CEO Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz
with the idea that he could successfully open the coffee shops in urban areas. After showing Schultz the tremendous buying power of minorities, Johnson was able to purchase 125 Starbucks stores, which reported higher than average per capita sales.[147] The partnership, called Urban Coffee Opportunities, placed Starbucks
Starbucks
in locations such as Detroit, Washington, D.C., Harlem, and the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Johnson sold his remaining interest in the stores back to the company in 2010, ending a successful twelve-year partnership.[148][149] Johnson has also invested in urban California real estate and financial service companies catering to America's underserved markets via his Canyon-Johnson and Yucaipa-Johnson funds.[150][151][152][153] Another major project is with Chicago-based Aon Corp., an insurance services company is designed to promote minority businesses.[154] In 2005–2007, Johnson was part of a syndicate that bought the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, then the tallest building in Brooklyn, for $71 million and converted the 512-foot high landmark structure from an office building into luxury condominiums.[155][156]

Johnson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 1994, Johnson became a minority owner of the Lakers, having reportedly paid more than $10 million for part ownership. He also held the title of team vice president.[157] Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Lakers in October 2010 to Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles surgeon and professor at UCLA,[158] but continued as an unpaid vice president for the team.[159] In February 2017, Johnson returned to the Lakers as an advisor to Jeanie Buss.[160] In the wake of the Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling
controversy, limited media reports indicated that Johnson had expressed an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers franchise.[161] In 2015, Johnson completed his planned acquisition for a "majority, controlling interest" in EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, which manages $14.5 billion in annuities, life insurance and other financial products.[162] He is an investor for aXiomatic eSports, the ownership company of Team Liquid.[163] Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers In January 2012, Johnson joined with Guggenheim Partners
Guggenheim Partners
and Stan Kasten in a bid for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
baseball team.[164] In March 2012, Johnson's ownership group was announced as the winner of the proceedings to buy the Dodgers.[165] The Johnson-led group, which also includes movie executive Peter Guber, paid $2 billion for the Dodgers, the largest amount paid for a professional sports team. While Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
is considered the leader of the ownership group, the controlling owner is Mark Walter, chief executive officer for Guggenheim Partners. Peter Guber, who is co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, owns a small stake in the Dodgers along with Johnson. Johnson and Guber were also partners in the Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team that has sold out 844 consecutive games, a record for professional sports.[166][167] Johnson and Guber sold their stake in the team in 2014.[168] Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Sparks Together with Guggenheim, Johnson was also involved in the February 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks
Los Angeles Sparks
team in the WNBA.[10] As such, in 2014, Johnson was named one of ESPNW's Impact 25.[169] He won the WNBA championship as the owner in 2016.[170] Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Football Club Johnson announced his co-ownership of a future Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
on October 30, 2014.[171] The temporary name is Los Angeles Football Club
Los Angeles Football Club
while the ownership group explores a permanent name.[172] Politics Johnson is a supporter of the Democratic Party. In 2006, he publicly endorsed Phil Angelides
Phil Angelides
for governor of California,[173] in 2007 he supported Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
in her presidential campaign,[174] and in 2010 he endorsed Barbara Boxer
Barbara Boxer
in her race for re-election to the US Senate.[175] In 2012, he endorsed Barack Obama
Barack Obama
for President.[176] He endorsed and appeared in campaign ads for unsuccessful Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel
Wendy Greuel
in 2013.[177] In 2015, he once again endorsed Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
in her second presidential campaign.[178] He hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on August 22, 2016.[179] HIV
HIV
activism

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

After announcing his infection in November 1991, Johnson created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV,[180] although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals.[181] In 1992, he joined the National Commission on AIDS, a committee appointed by members of Congress and the Bush Administration. Johnson left after eight months, saying that the White House
White House
had "utterly ignored" the work of the panel, and had opposed the commission's recommendations, which included universal healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid
Medicaid
to cover all low-income people with AIDS.[180][182] He was also the main speaker for the United Nations
United Nations
(UN) World AIDS
AIDS
Day Conference in 1999,[181] and has served as a United Nations
United Nations
Messenger of Peace.[183] HIV
HIV
had been associated with drug addicts and homosexuals,[180] but Johnson's campaigns sought to show that the risk of infection was not limited to those groups. 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
HIV
and AIDS".[181] Johnson was later criticized by the AIDS
AIDS
community for his decreased involvement in publicizing the spread of the disease.[180][181] To prevent his HIV
HIV
infection from progressing to AIDS, Johnson takes a daily combination of drugs.[184] He has advertised GlaxoSmithKline's drugs,[185] and partnered with Abbott Laboratories
Abbott Laboratories
to publicize the fight against AIDS
AIDS
in African American communities.[184] Career achievements

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

See also: List of career achievements by Magic Johnson In 905 NBA games, Johnson tallied 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, the highest assists per game average in NBA history.[33] Johnson shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24),[186] holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21),[186] and has the most playoff assists (2,346).[187] He is the only player to average 12 assists in an NBA Finals
NBA Finals
series, achieving it six times.[188] He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127).[186] Johnson introduced a fast-paced style of basketball called "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."[3] Fellow Lakers guard Michael Cooper said, "There have been times when [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."[3][22] Johnson could dominate a game without scoring, running the offense and distributing the ball with flair.[188] In the 1982 NBA Finals, he was named the Finals MVP averaging just 16.2 points, the lowest average of any Finals MVP award recipient in the three-point shot era.[188] Johnson was exceptional because he played point guard despite being 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), a size reserved normally for frontcourt players.[3] He 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.[189] Johnson is the only player in NBA Finals
NBA Finals
history to have triple-doubles in multiple series-clinching games.[188] For his feats, Johnson was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time by the NBA in 1996,[190] and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 2002.[191] ESPN's SportsCentury ranked Johnson #17 in their "50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century"[192] In 2006, ESPN.com rated Johnson the greatest point guard of all time, stating, "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 among the top moments in the NBA.[42][193][194] Rivalry with Larry Bird See also: Lakers–Celtics rivalry Johnson and Larry Bird
Larry Bird
were first linked as rivals after Johnson's Michigan State squad defeated Bird's Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA finals. The rivalry continued in the NBA, and reached its climax when Boston and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
met in three out of four NBA Finals
NBA Finals
from 1984 to 1987. Johnson asserted that for him, the 82-game regular season was composed of 80 normal games, and two Lakers–Celtics games. Similarly, Bird admitted that Johnson's daily box score was the first thing he checked in the morning.[97] Several journalists hypothesized that the Johnson–Bird rivalry was so appealing because it represented many other contrasts, such as the clash between the Lakers and Celtics, between Hollywood flashiness ("Showtime") and Boston/Indiana blue collar grit ("Celtic Pride"), and between blacks and whites.[195][196] The rivalry was also significant because it drew national attention to the faltering NBA. Prior to Johnson and Bird's arrival, the NBA had gone through a decade of declining interest and low TV ratings.[197] With the two future Hall of Famers, the league won a whole generation of new fans,[198] drawing both traditionalist adherents of Bird's dirt court Indiana game and those appreciative of Johnson's public park flair. According to sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN, Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy.[22] Despite their on-court rivalry, Johnson and Bird became close friends during the filming of a 1984 Converse shoe advertisement that depicted them as enemies.[199][200] Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony in 1992, and described Bird as a "friend forever";[97] during Johnson's Hall of Fame ceremony, Bird formally inducted his old rival.[198] In 2009, Johnson and Bird collaborated with journalist Jackie MacMullan on a non-fiction book titled When the Game Was Ours. The book detailed their on-court rivalry and friendship with one another.[201] Relationship with Jerry Buss Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
had an extremely close relationship with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, whom he saw as a mentor and a father figure.[202] Calling Buss his "second father" and "one of [his] best friends", Johnson spent five hours visiting Buss at the hospital just a few months before his death from cancer. Speaking to media just hours after Buss had died, Johnson was emotional, saying, "Without Dr. Jerry Buss, there is no Magic."[203] Buss acquired the team from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979, shortly before he drafted Johnson with the #1 pick in the 1979 NBA draft. In addition to playing 13 seasons for the Lakers and coaching the team briefly in 1994, Johnson also had an ownership stake in the team for nearly twenty years. Buss took a special interest in Johnson, introducing him to important Los Angeles
Los Angeles
business contacts and showing him how the Lakers organization was run, before eventually selling Johnson a stake in the team in 1994.[203] Johnson credits Buss with giving him the business knowledge that enabled him to become part owner of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers.[203][204] Buss supported Johnson as he revealed his diagnosis of HIV
HIV
in 1991, and he never hesitated to keep Johnson close to the organization, bringing him in as part-owner, and even as a coach. Johnson had never seriously considered coaching, but he agreed take the head coaching position with the Lakers in 1994 at Buss' request. In 1992, Buss had given Johnson a contract that paid him $14 million a year, as payback for all the years he was not the league's highest paid player. Although Johnson's retirement prior to the 1992–93 NBA season
1992–93 NBA season
voided this contract, Buss insisted that he still be paid.[203] It was this arrangement that allowed Johnson to coach the team without receiving any additional salary.[108][202] After Johnson ended his coaching stint, Buss sold him a 4% stake in the Lakers for $10 million, and Johnson served as a team executive.[203] NBA career statistics

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Denotes seasons in which Johnson won an NBA championship

* Led the league

NBA record

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1979–80 L.A. Lakers 77 72 36.3 .530 .226 .810 7.7 7.3 2.4 0.5 18.0

1980–81 L.A. Lakers 37 35 37.1 .532 .176 .760 8.6 8.6 3.4* 0.7 21.6

1981–82 L.A. Lakers 78 77 38.3 .537 .207 .760 9.6 9.5 2.7* 0.4 18.6

1982–83 L.A. Lakers 79 79 36.8 .548 .000 .800 8.6 10.5* 2.2 0.6 16.8

1983–84 L.A. Lakers 67 66 38.3 .565 .207 .810 7.3 13.1* 2.2 0.7 17.6

1984–85 L.A. Lakers 77 77 36.1 .561 .189 .843 6.2 12.6 1.5 0.3 18.3

1985–86 L.A. Lakers 72 70 35.8 .526 .233 .871 5.9 12.6* 1.6 0.2 18.8

1986–87 L.A. Lakers 80 80 36.3 .522 .205 .848 6.3 12.2* 1.7 0.4 23.9

1987–88 L.A. Lakers 72 70 36.6 .492 .196 .853 6.2 11.9 1.6 0.2 19.6

1988–89 L.A. Lakers 77 77 37.5 .509 .314 .911* 7.9 12.8 1.8 0.3 22.5

1989–90 L.A. Lakers 79 79 37.2 .480 .384 .890 6.6 11.5 1.7 0.4 22.3

1990–91 L.A. Lakers 79 79 37.1 .477 .320 .906 7.0 12.5 1.3 0.2 19.4

1995–96 L.A. Lakers 32 9 29.9 .466 .379 .856 5.7 6.9 0.8 0.4 14.6

Career 906 870 36.7 .520 .303 .848 7.2 11.2 1.9 0.4 19.5

All-Star 11 10 30.1 .489 .476 .905 5.2 11.5 1.9 0.6 16.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1980 L.A. Lakers 16 16 41.1 .518 .250 .802 10.5 9.4 3.1 0.4 18.3

1981 L.A. Lakers 3 3 42.3 .388 .000 .650 13.7 7.0 2.7 1.0 17.0

1982 L.A. Lakers 14 14 40.1 .529 .000 .828 11.3 9.3 2.9 0.2 17.4

1983 L.A. Lakers 15 15 42.9 .485 .000 .840 8.5 12.8 2.3 0.8 17.9

1984 L.A. Lakers 21 21 39.9 .551 .000 .800 6.6 13.5 2.0 1.0 18.2

1985 L.A. Lakers 19 19 36.2 .513 .143 .847 7.1 15.2 1.7 0.2 17.5

1986 L.A. Lakers 14 14 38.6 .537 .000 .766 7.1 15.1 1.9 0.1 21.6

1987 L.A. Lakers 18 18 37.0 .539 .200 .831 7.7 12.2 1.7 0.4 21.8

1988 L.A. Lakers 24 24 40.2 .514 .500 .852 5.4 12.6 1.4 0.2 19.9

1989 L.A. Lakers 14 14 37.0 .489 .286 .907 5.9 11.8 1.9 0.2 18.4

1990 L.A. Lakers 9 9 41.8 .490 .200 .886 6.3 12.8 1.2 0.1 25.2

1991 L.A. Lakers 19 19 43.3 .440 .296 .882 8.1 12.6 1.2 0.0 21.8

1996 L.A. Lakers 4 0 33.8 .385 .333 .848 8.5 6.5 0.0 0.0 15.3

Career[33] 190 186 39.7 .506 .241 .838 7.7 12.3 1.9 0.3 19.5

Head coaching record

Legend

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

L.A. Lakers 1993–94 16 5 11 .313 (resigned) — — — – —

Career[205] 16 5 11 .313

0 0 0 –

Books Biographies Johnson's autobiography is Johnson, Earvin (1992). Magic Johnson: My Life. Random House. ISBN 0-449-22254-3.  Other biographies include:

Haskins, James (1981). Magic: A Biography of Earvin Johnson. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 0-89490-044-7.  Gutman, Bill (1991). Magic: More Than a Legend. New York: Harper Paperbacks. ISBN 0-06-100542-8.  Morgan, Bill (1991). The Magic: Earvin Johnson. ISBN 0-606-01895-6.  Gutman, Bill (1992). Magic Johnson: Hero On and Off the Court. Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press. ISBN 1-56294-287-5.  Johnson, Rick L. (1992). Magic Johnson: Basketball's Smiling Superstar. New York: Dillon Press. ISBN 0-87518-553-3.  Rozakis, Laurie (1993). Magic Johnson: Basketball
Basketball
Immortal. Vero Beach, Florida: Rourke Enterprises. ISBN 0-86592-025-7.  Schwabacher, Martin (1993). Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
(Junior World Biographies). New York: Chelsea Juniors. ISBN 0-7910-2038-X.  Bork, Günter (1994). Die großen Basketball
Basketball
Stars. Copress-Verl. ISBN 3-7679-0369-5.  (German) Frank, Steven (1994). Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
( Basketball
Basketball
Legends). New York: Chelsea House Publishers. ISBN 0-7910-2430-X.  Bork, Günter (1995). Basketball: Sternstunden. Copress-Verl. ISBN 3-7679-0456-X.  (German) Blatt, Howard (1996). Magic! Against The Odds. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00301-1.  Rosner, Mark (1999). Michael MacCambridge, ed. Earvin "Magic" Johnson: The Star of Showtime. New York: Hyperion ESPN
ESPN
Books. pp. 251–52.  (In ESPN
ESPN
SportsCentury) Gottfried, Ted (2001). Earvin Magic Johnson: Champion and Crusader. New York: F. Watts. 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. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. ISBN 0-201-63222-5.  Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1996). What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-2844-X. 

Updated version of Johnson, Earvin "Magic" (1992). Unsafe Sex in the Age of AIDS. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-2063-5. 

See also

National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
portal

List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career turnovers leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff rebounding leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff assists leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff steals leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff turnovers leaders List of National Basketball Association
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career playoff free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association
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players with most assists in a game List of National Basketball Association
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players with most steals in a game

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Current heads of basketball operations in the National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge
(Boston Celtics) Sean Marks
Sean Marks
( Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Nets) Scott Perry (New York Knicks) Bryan Colangelo
Bryan Colangelo
(Philadelphia 76ers) Masai Ujiri
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(Toronto Raptors)

Central

John Paxson (Chicago Bulls) Koby Altman (Cleveland Cavaliers) Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
( Detroit
Detroit
Pistons) Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard
(Indiana Pacers) Jon Horst (Milwaukee Bucks)

Southeast

Travis Schlenk (Atlanta Hawks) Buzz Peterson
Buzz Peterson
(interim) (Charlotte Hornets) Pat Riley
Pat Riley
(Miami Heat) John Hammond (Orlando Magic) Ernie Grunfeld
Ernie Grunfeld
(Washington Wizards)

Western Conference

Northwest

Tim Connelly & Artūras Karnišovas (Denver Nuggets) Tom Thibodeau
Tom Thibodeau
(Minnesota Timberwolves) Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder) Neil Olshey (Portland Trail Blazers) Dennis Lindsey (Utah Jazz)

Pacific

Bob Myers
Bob Myers
(Golden State Warriors) Michael Winger ( Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
& Rob Pelinka
Rob Pelinka
( Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers) Ryan McDonough (Phoenix Suns) Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
(Sacramento Kings)

Southwest

Donnie Nelson
Donnie Nelson
(Dallas Mavericks) Daryl Morey
Daryl Morey
(Houston Rockets) Chris Wallace (Memphis Grizzlies) Dell Demps (New Orleans Pelicans) R. C. Buford (San Antonio Spurs)

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Principal owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
franchise

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Atlantics/Grays/Bridegrooms/Grooms/ Superbas/Robins/Dodgers (1883–1957)

Abell & Byrne Abell, Byrne & Chauncey Abell & C. Ebbets Abell, C. Ebbets, Hanlon & Von der Horst Abell, C. Ebbets, Hanlon & Medicus C. Ebbets & Medicus C. Ebbets, E. McKeever & S. McKeever Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Trust Company, G. Ebbets, Gilleaudeau & Stephen McKeever Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Trust Company, G. Ebbets, Gilleaudeau, J. Mulvey & D. Mulvey J. Mulvey & D. Mulvey, W. O'Malley, Rickey & Smith W. O'Malley

Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
(1958–present)

W. O'Malley P. O'Malley Fox Entertainment Group McCourt Guggenheim Baseball Management (Walter, Johnson, Guber, Kasten, Patton and Boehly)

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Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
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1978–79 NCAA champions

11 Terry Donnelly 12 Mike Brkovich 15 Ron Charles 21 Don Brkovich 31 Jay Vincent 32 Greg Kelser 33 Earvin Johnson (MOP) 35 Rob Gonzalez

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NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Tournament Most Outstanding Player

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1979 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Larry Bird Mike Gminski David Greenwood Earvin Johnson Sidney Moncrief

Second Team

Bill Cartwright Calvin Natt Mike O'Koren Jim Paxson Jim Spanarkel Kelly Tripucka Sly Williams

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1979 NBA Draft

First round

Earvin Johnson David Greenwood Bill Cartwright Greg Kelser Sidney Moncrief James Bailey Vinnie Johnson Calvin Natt Larry Demic Roy Hamilton Cliff Robinson Jim Paxson Dudley Bradley Brad Holland Phil Hubbard Jim Spanarkel Lee Johnson Reggie King Wiley Peck Larry Knight Sly Williams Kyle Macy

Second round

Tico Brown Johnny High Oliver Mack Bruce Flowers Reggie Carter Danny Salisbury Tony Price Gary Garland Edgar Jones Tony Zeno Lawrence Butler Kim Goetz James Bradley Clint Richardson Bernard Toone Larry Wilson Victor King Andrew Fields Mark Young Paul Mokeski Johnny Moore Joe DeSantis

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NBA first overall draft picks

1947: McNeely 1948: Tonkovich 1949: Shannon 1950: Share 1951: Melchiorre 1952: Workman 1953: Felix 1954: Selvy 1955: Ricketts 1956: Green 1957: Hundley 1958: Baylor 1959: Boozer 1960: Robertson 1961: Bellamy 1962: McGill 1963: Heyman 1964: Barnes 1965: Hetzel 1966: Russell 1967: Walker 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Lanier 1971: Carr 1972: L. Martin 1973: Collins 1974: Walton 1975: D. Thompson 1976: Lucas 1977: Benson 1978: M. Thompson 1979: E. Johnson 1980: Carroll 1981: Aguirre 1982: Worthy 1983: Sampson 1984: Olajuwon 1985: Ewing 1986: Daugherty 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Manning 1989: Ellison 1990: Coleman 1991: L. Johnson 1992: O'Neal 1993: Webber 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Iverson 1997: Duncan 1998: Olowokandi 1999: Brand 2000: K. Martin 2001: Brown 2002: Yao 2003: James 2004: Howard 2005: Bogut 2006: Bargnani 2007: Oden 2008: Rose 2009: Griffin 2010: Wall 2011: Irving 2012: Davis 2013: Bennett 2014: Wiggins 2015: Towns 2016: Simmons 2017: Fultz

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
1979–80 NBA champions

7 Byrnes 9 Chones 10 Nixon 14 Holland 15 Lee 21 Cooper 31 Haywood 32 Johnson (Finals MVP) 33 Abdul-Jabbar 52 Wilkes 54 Landsberger

Head coach Westhead

Assistant coaches Thibault Riley

Regular season Playoffs

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
1981–82 NBA champions

5 Jordan 8 Brewer 10 Nixon 11 McAdoo 21 Cooper 31 Rambis 32 M. Johnson (Finals MVP) 33 Abdul-Jabbar 34 C. Johnson 40 McGee 52 Wilkes 54 Landsberger

Head coach Riley

Assistant coaches Bertka Thibault

Regular season Playoffs

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
1984–85 NBA champions

4 Scott 11 McAdoo 12 Lester 21 Cooper 25 Kupchak 31 Rambis 32 Johnson 33 Abdul-Jabbar (Finals MVP) 35 Spriggs 40 McGee 42 Worthy 43 Nevitt

Head coach Riley

Assistant coaches Bertka Wohl

Regular season Playoffs

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
1986–87 NBA champions

1 Matthews 4 Scott 21 Cooper 24 Branch 31 Rambis 32 Johnson (Finals MVP) 33 Abdul-Jabbar 42 Worthy 43 M. Thompson 45 Green 52 Smrek 55 B. Thompson

Head coach Riley

Assistant coaches Bertka Pfund

Regular season Playoffs

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
1987–88 NBA champions

1 Matthews 3 Lamp 4 Scott 19 Campbell 20 Wagner 21 Cooper 31 Rambis 32 Johnson 33 Abdul-Jabbar 42 Worthy (Finals MVP) 43 M. Thompson 45 Green 52 Smrek 55 B. Thompson

Head coach Riley

Assistant coaches Bertka Pfund

Regular season Playoffs

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United States squad – 1992 Tournament of the Americas
1992 Tournament of the Americas
– Gold medal

4 Laettner 5 Robinson 6 Ewing 7 Bird 8 Pippen 9 Jordan 10 Drexler 11 Malone 12 Stockton 13 Mullin 14 Barkley 15 Johnson Coach: Daly

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United States men's basketball squad – 1992 Summer Olympics
1992 Summer Olympics
– Gold medal

4 Laettner 5 Robinson 6 Ewing 7 Bird 8 Pippen 9 Jordan 10 Drexler 11 Malone 12 Stockton 13 Mullin 14 Barkley 15 Johnson Coach: Daly

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Bill Russell
Bill Russell
NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player Award

1969: West 1970: Reed 1971: Alcindor 1972: Chamberlain 1973: Reed 1974: Havlicek 1975: Barry 1976: White 1977: Walton 1978: Unseld 1979: D. Johnson 1980: E. Johnson 1981: Maxwell 1982: E. Johnson 1983: Malone 1984: Bird 1985: Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Bird 1987: E. Johnson 1988: Worthy 1989: Dumars 1990: Thomas 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Jordan 1994: Olajuwon 1995: Olajuwon 1996: Jordan 1997: Jordan 1998: Jordan 1999: Duncan 2000: O'Neal 2001: O'Neal 2002: O'Neal 2003: Duncan 2004: Billups 2005: Duncan 2006: Wade 2007: Parker 2008: Pierce 2009: Bryant 2010: Bryant 2011: Nowitzki 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Leonard 2015: Iguodala 2016: James 2017: Durant

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NBA Most Valuable Player Award

1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Russell 1959: Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Russell 1962: Russell 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Russell 1966: Chamberlain 1967: Chamberlain 1968: Chamberlain 1969: Unseld 1970: Reed 1971: Alcindor 1972: Abdul-Jabbar 1973: Cowens 1974: Abdul-Jabbar 1975: McAdoo 1976: Abdul-Jabbar 1977: Abdul-Jabbar 1978: Walton 1979: M. Malone 1980: Abdul-Jabbar 1981: Erving 1982: M. Malone 1983: M. Malone 1984: Bird 1985: Bird 1986: Bird 1987: Johnson 1988: Jordan 1989: Johnson 1990: Johnson 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Barkley 1994: Olajuwon 1995: Robinson 1996: Jordan 1997: K. Malone 1998: Jordan 1999: K. Malone 2000: O'Neal 2001: Iverson 2002: Duncan 2003: Duncan 2004: Garnett 2005: Nash 2006: Nash 2007: Nowitzki 2008: Bryant 2009: James 2010: James 2011: Rose 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Durant 2015: Curry 2016: Curry 2017: Westbrook

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NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game Most Valuable Player Award

1951: Macauley 1952: Arizin 1953: Mikan 1954: Cousy 1955: Sharman 1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Pettit 1959: Baylor & Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Pettit 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Lucas 1966: A. Smith 1967: Barry 1968: Greer 1969: Robertson 1970: Reed 1971: Wilkens 1972: West 1973: Cowens 1974: Lanier 1975: Frazier 1976: Bing 1977: Erving 1978: R. Smith 1979: Thompson 1980: Gervin 1981: Archibald 1982: Bird 1983: Erving 1984: Thomas 1985: Sampson 1986: Thomas 1987: Chambers 1988: Jordan 1989: Malone 1990: Johnson 1991: Barkley 1992: Johnson 1993: Stockton & Malone 1994: Pippen 1995: Richmond 1996: Jordan 1997: Rice 1998: Jordan 1999: No game played 2000: O'Neal & Duncan 2001: Iverson 2002: Bryant 2003: Garnett 2004: O'Neal 2005: Iverson 2006: James 2007: Bryant 2008: James 2009: Bryant & O'Neal 2010: Wade 2011: Bryant 2012: Durant 2013: Paul 2014: Irving 2015: Westbrook 2016: Westbrook 2017: Davis

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IBM Award

1984: Johnson 1985: Jordan 1986: Barkley 1987: Barkley 1988: Barkley 1989: Jordan 1990: Robinson 1991: Robinson 1992: Rodman 1993: Olajuwon 1994: Robinson 1995: Robinson 1996: Robinson 1997: Hill 1998: K. Malone 1999: Mutombo 2000: O'Neal 2001: O'Neal 2002: Duncan

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NBA season assists leaders

1947: Calverley 1948: Dallmar 1949: Davies 1950: McGuire 1951: Phillip 1952: Phillip 1953: Cousy 1954: Cousy 1955: Cousy 1956: Cousy 1957: Cousy 1958: Cousy 1959: Cousy 1960: Cousy 1961: Robertson 1962: Robertson 1963: Rodgers 1964: Robertson 1965: Robertson 1966: Robertson 1967: Rodgers 1968: Chamberlain 1969: Robertson 1970: Wilkens 1971: Van Lier 1972: West 1973: Archibald 1974: DiGregorio 1975: Porter 1976: Watts 1977: Buse 1978: Porter 1979: Porter 1980: Richardson 1981: Porter 1982: Moore 1983: Johnson 1984: Johnson 1985: Thomas 1986: Johnson 1987: Johnson 1988: Stockton 1989: Stockton 1990: Stockton 1991: Stockton 1992: Stockton 1993: Stockton 1994: Stockton 1995: Stockton 1996: Stockton 1997: Jackson 1998: Strickland 1999: Kidd 2000: Kidd 2001: Kidd 2002: Miller 2003: Kidd 2004: Kidd 2005: Nash 2006: Nash 2007: Nash 2008: Paul 2009: Paul 2010: Nash 2011: Nash 2012: Rondo 2013: Rondo 2014: Paul 2015: Paul 2016: Rondo 2017: Harden

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NBA season steals leaders

1974: Steele 1975: Barry 1976: Watts 1977: Buse 1978: Lee 1979: Carr 1980: Richardson 1981: Johnson 1982: Johnson 1983: Richardson 1984: Green 1985: Richardson 1986: Robertson 1987: Robertson 1988: Jordan 1989: Stockton 1990: Jordan 1991: Robertson 1992: Stockton 1993: Jordan 1994: McMillan 1995: Pippen 1996: Payton 1997: Blaylock 1998: Blaylock 1999: Gill 2000: Jones 2001: Iverson 2002: Iverson 2003: Iverson 2004: Davis 2005: Hughes 2006: Wallace 2007: Davis 2008: Paul 2009: Paul 2010: Rondo 2011: Paul 2012: Paul 2013: Paul 2014: Paul 2015: Leonard 2016: Curry 2017: Green

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J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

1975: Unseld 1976: Watts 1977: Bing 1978: Lanier 1979: Murphy 1980: Carr 1981: Glenn 1982: Benson 1983: Erving 1984: Layden 1985: Issel 1986: Cooper & Sparrow 1987: Thomas 1988: English 1989: Bailey 1990: Rivers 1991: K. Johnson 1992: M. Johnson 1993: Porter 1994: Dumars 1995: O'Toole 1996: Dudley 1997: Brown 1998: Smith 1999: Grant 2000: Divac 2001: Mutombo 2002: Mourning 2003: Robinson 2004: Miller 2005: Snow 2006: Garnett 2007: Nash 2008: Billups 2009: Mutombo 2010: Dalembert 2011: Artest 2012: Gasol 2013: Faried 2014: Deng 2015: Noah 2016: Ellington 2017: James

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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

1959−1980

Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(1980)

1981−2000

Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS
AIDS
(1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography
Autobiography
of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(2000)

2001−present

Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography
Autobiography
(2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography
Autobiography
of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist
(2018)

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National Basketball
Basketball
Association's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Nate Archibald Paul Arizin Charles Barkley Rick Barry Elgin Baylor Dave Bing Larry Bird Wilt Chamberlain Bob Cousy Dave Cowens Billy Cunningham Dave DeBusschere Clyde Drexler Julius Erving Patrick Ewing Walt Frazier George Gervin Hal Greer John Havlicek Elvin Hayes Magic Johnson Sam Jones Michael Jordan Jerry Lucas Karl Malone Moses Malone Pete Maravich Kevin McHale George Mikan Earl Monroe Hakeem Olajuwon Shaquille O'Neal Robert Parish Bob Pettit Scottie Pippen Willis Reed Oscar Robertson David Robinson Bill Russell Dolph Schayes Bill Sharman John Stockton Isiah Thomas Nate Thurmond Wes Unseld Bill Walton Jerry West Lenny Wilkens James Worthy

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Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 2002

Players

Magic Johnson Dražen Petrović

Coach

Larry Brown Lute Olson Kay Yow

Teams

Harlem Globetrotters

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Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame

Players

Guards

R. Allen Archibald Beckman Belov Bing Blazejowski Borgmann Brennan Cervi Cheeks Clayton Cooper-Dyke Cousy Dampier Davies Drexler Dumars Edwards Frazier Friedman Galis Gervin Goodrich Greer Guerin Hanson Haynes Holman Hyatt Isaacs Iverson Jeannette D. Johnson E. Johnson K. Jones S. Jones Jordan Kidd Lieberman Maravich Marcari Marčiulionis Martin McDermott McGrady D. McGuire Meyers R. Miller Monroe C. Murphy Nash Page Payton Petrović Phillip Posey Richmond Robertson Rodgers Roosma J. Russell Schommer Scott Sedran Sharman K. Smith Staley Steinmetz Stockton Swoopes Thomas Thompson Vandivier Wanzer West J. White Wilkens Woodard Wooden

Forwards

Arizin Barkley Barry Baylor Bird Bradley R. Brown Cunningham Curry Dalipagić Dantley DeBusschere Dehnert Endacott English Erving Foster Fulks Gale Gates Gola Hagan Havlicek Hawkins Hayes Haywood Heinsohn Hill Howell G. Johnson King Lucas Luisetti K. Malone McClain B. McCracken J. McCracken McGinnis McHale Mikkelsen C. Miller Mullin Pettit Pippen Pollard Radja Ramsey Rodman Schayes E. Schmidt O. Schmidt Stokes C. Thompson T. Thompson Twyman Walker Washington N. White Wilkes Wilkins Worthy Yardley

Centers

Abdul-Jabbar Barlow Beaty Bellamy Chamberlain Ćosić Cowens Crawford Daniels DeBernardi Donovan Ewing Gallatin Gilmore Gruenig Harris-Stewart Houbregs Issel W. Johnson Johnston M. Krause Kurland Lanier Leslie Lovellette Lapchick Macauley M. Malone McAdoo Meneghin Mikan Mourning S. Murphy Mutombo Olajuwon O'Neal Parish Pereira Reed Risen Robinson B. Russell Sabonis Sampson Semjonova Thurmond Unseld Wachter Walton Yao

Coaches

Alexeeva P. Allen Anderson Auerbach Auriemma Barmore Barry Blood Boeheim L. Brown Calhoun Calipari Cann Carlson Carnesecca Carnevale Carril Case Chancellor Chaney Conradt Crum Daly Dean Díaz-Miguel Diddle Drake Driesell Ferrándiz Gaines Gamba Gardner Gaze Gill Gomelsky Gunter Hannum Harshman Haskins Hatchell Heinsohn Hickey Hobson Holzman Hughes Hurley Iba Izzo P. Jackson Julian Keaney Keogan Knight Krzyzewski Kundla Lambert Leonard Lewis Litwack Loeffler Lonborg Magee McCutchan McGraw A. McGuire F. McGuire McLendon Meanwell Meyer Miller Moore Nelson Nikolić Novosel Olson Pitino Ramsay Richardson Riley Rubini Rupp Rush Sachs Self Sharman Shelton Sloan D. Smith Stringer Summitt Tarkanian Taylor Teague J. Thompson VanDerveer Wade Watts Wilkens G. Williams R. Williams Wooden Woolpert Wootten Yow

Contributors

Abbott Barksdale Bee Biasone H. Brown W. Brown Bunn Buss Clifton Colangelo Cooper Davidson Douglas Duer Embry Fagan Fisher Fleisher Gavitt Gottlieb Granik Gulick Harrison Hearn Henderson Hepp Hickox Hinkle Irish M. Jackson Jernstedt Jones Kennedy Knight J. Krause Lemon Liston Lloyd McLendon Lobo Mokray Morgan Morgenweck Naismith Newell Newton J. O'Brien L. O'Brien Olsen Podoloff Porter Raveling Reid Reinsdorf Ripley Sanders Saperstein Schabinger St. John Stagg Stanković Steitz Stern Taylor Thorn Tower Trester Vitale Wells Welts Wilke Winter Zollner

Referees

Bavetta Enright Garretson Hepbron Hoyt Kennedy Leith Mihalik Nichols Nucatola Quigley Rudolph Shirley Strom Tobey Walsh

Teams

1960 United States Olympic Team 1992 United States Olympic Team All-American Red Heads Buffalo Germans The First Team Harlem Globetrotters Immaculata College New York Renaissance Original Celtics Texas Western

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Lakers

Founded in 1947 Played in Minneapolis (1947–1960) Based in Los Angeles, California

Franchise

Franchise Team history All-time roster Draft history Seasons Records Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Minneapolis Auditorium Minneapolis Armory Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Memorial Sports Arena The Forum Staples Center

G League affiliate

South Bay Lakers

Administration

Jeanie, Jim, and Johnny Buss (majority owners) Anschutz Entertainment Group
Anschutz Entertainment Group
(minority owner) Ed Roski Jr. (minority owner) Patrick Soon-Shiong (minority owner) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
(President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations) Rob Pelinka
Rob Pelinka
(General manager) Luke Walton
Luke Walton
(Head coach)

Retired numbers

8 13 22 24 25 32 33 34 42 44 52 Chick Hearn
Chick Hearn
(Microphone)

Minneapolis Lakers Hall of Famers Mikan Mikkelsen Martin Lovellette Pollard Coach Kundla

NBA Championships (16)

1949 1950 1952 1953 1954 1972 1980 1982 1985 1987 1988 2000 2001 2002 2009 2010

Western Conference Championships (31)

1949 1950 1952 1953 1954 1959 1962 1963 1965 1966 1968 1969 1970 1972 1973 1980 1982 1983 1984 1985 1987 1988 1989 1991 2000 2001 2002 2004 2008 2009 2010

Rivalries

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Clippers San Antonio Spurs Boston Celtics Detroit
Detroit
Pistons

Culture and lore

Jack Kent Cooke Jerry Buss Showtime Chick Hearn Shaq–Kobe feud Lawrence Tanter Jack Nicholson "I Love L.A." Laker Girls Laker Band Dancing Barry Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies

Media

TV Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles) Radio 710 ESPN
ESPN
Radio 1330 ESPN
ESPN
Deportes Announcers Bill Macdonald Stu Lantz John Ireland Mychal Thompson

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Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
head coaches

John Kundla (1948–1958) George Mikan
George Mikan
(1958) John Kundla (1958–1959) John Castellani (1959–1960) Jim Pollard
Jim Pollard
(1960) Fred Schaus
Fred Schaus
(1960–1967) Butch van Breda Kolff (1967–1969) Joe Mullaney (1969–1971) Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
(1971–1976) Jerry West
Jerry West
(1976–1979) Jack McKinney (1979) Paul Westhead (1979–1981) Pat Riley
Pat Riley
(1981–1990) Mike Dunleavy (1990–1992) Randy Pfund (1992–1994) Bill Bertka # (1994) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
# (1994) Del Harris (1994–1999) Bill Bertka # (1999) Kurt Rambis
Kurt Rambis
# (1999) Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
(1999–2004) Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich
(2004–2005) Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen
# (2005) Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
(2005–2011) Mike Brown (2011–2012) Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
# (2012) Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni
(2012–2014) Byron Scott
Byron Scott
(2014–2016) Luke Walton
Luke Walton
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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NBA on NBC

Related programs

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Non-NBA programs

College Basketball
Basketball
on NBC Olympics on NBC

Related articles

Ratings (NBA Finals) NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC Like Mike 2002 FIBA World Championship

NBC
NBC
Sports Regional Networks Bay Area (Golden State Warriors) Boston (Boston Celtics) California (Sacramento Kings) Chicago (Chicago Bulls) Northwest (Portland Trail Blazers) Philadelphia (Philadelphia 76ers) Washington (Washington Wizards)

Commentators

All-Star Game NBA Finals WNBA Finals

Key figures

Marv Albert Mike Breen Bob Costas Don Criqui Jerry Doggett Dick Enberg Marty Glickman Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Greg Gumbel Tom Hammond Dan Hicks Jim Lampley Joel Meyers Bob Neal Lindsey Nelson Bill O'Donnell Bud Palmer Paul Sunderland Bob Wolff

Color commentators

Quinn Buckner P. J. Carlesimo Doug Collins Chuck Daly Mike Dunleavy Sr. Cotton Fitzsimmons Mike Fratello Matt Guokas Dan Issel Steve Jones Magic Johnson Joe Lapchick Ron Rothstein Isiah Thomas Bill Walton

Sideline reporters

Jim Gray Lewis Johnson Andrea Joyce Lisa Malosky Ahmad Rashād Hannah Storm

Studio analysts

Pat Croce Julius Erving Kevin Johnson Pat Riley John Salley Tom Tolbert Peter Vecsey Jayson Williams

NBA Finals

1955 (Games 2, 6) 1956 (Game 1) 1957 (Games 1, 7) 1958 (Game 1) 1959 (Games 1-2) 1960 (Games 1, 3-4, 7) 1961 (Games 1, 3-4) 1962 (Games 1-2) 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

WNBA Finals

1997 (Game 1) 1998 (Games 1-2) 1999 (Games 2-3) 2000 (Game 2) 2001 (Game 2) 2002 (Game 2)

All-Star Game

1959 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002

Music

"All Fired Up" "An American Symphony" "Cliffhanger Theme" "Crockett's Theme" "Desert Ride" "Fly Away" (1999 NBA Finals) "Gettysburg" (main theme) "How's It Going to Be" "I Believe I Can Fly" (1997 NBA Finals) "Return to Innocence" "Roundball Rock" " The Dream Is Still Alive
The Dream Is Still Alive
(1991 NBA Finals) "These Are Days" "Titan Spirit" "To the Flemish Cap" "Unbelievable" "Winning It All" (1992-1996)

Lore

Christmas Day O.J. Simpson's low-speed freeway chase The Clock Incident Clutch City Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals Memorial Day Miracle

Rivalries Bulls–Knicks Jazz–Rockets

Website: NBA - NBC
NBC
Sports

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NBA on ABC

Related programs

NBA Countdown NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad NBA Inside Stuff NBA Saturday Primetime NBA Sunday Showcase

NBA on ESPN

Radio NBA Wednesday NBA Friday WNBA on ESPN

NBA Drafts

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Non-NBA programs

ESPN
ESPN
College Basketball
Basketball
on ABC Olympics on ABC

Related articles

Ratings (NBA Finals) Game history

Key figures

All-Star Game ESPN NBA Finals WNBA Finals

Play-by-play

Mike Breen Jim Durham Bill Flemming Chet Forte Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Chuck Howard Keith Jackson Mark Jones Jim McKay Al Michaels Brent Musburger Brad Nessler Dave Pasch John Saunders Chris Schenkel

Color commentators

Greg Anthony Hubie Brown Bob Cousy Sean Elliott Len Elmore Tim Legler Mark Jackson Steve Jones Johnny Kerr Dan Majerle Jack Ramsay Doc Rivers Bill Russell Tom Tolbert Jack Twyman Jeff Van Gundy Bill Walton Jerry West

Sideline reporters

David Aldridge Doris Burke Howard Cosell Heather Cox Dave Diles Israel Gutierrez Mark Jones Sal Masekela Tom Rinaldi Craig Sager Lisa Salters Michele Tafoya Bob Wolff

Studio hosts

Michelle Beadle Dan Patrick Stuart Scott Sage Steele Hannah Storm Mike Tirico Michael Wilbon

Studio analysts

Jon Barry Chauncey Billups Chris Broussard Doug Collins Steve Javie Avery Johnson Magic Johnson George Karl Scottie Pippen Jalen Rose Byron Scott Bill Simmons

ABC Radio announcers

Marv Albert Dave Barnett Chick Hearn Rod Hundley Steve Jones Fred Manfra Earl Monroe Johnny Most Oscar Robertson Dick Vitale

NBA Finals

1965 (Games 1, 5) 1966 (Games 1, 5) 1967 (Games 2, 5) 1968 (Games 1, 4) 1969 (Games 3, 5-7) 1970 1971 1972 1973 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

WNBA Finals

2003 (Game 2 on ABC) 2004 2005 (Game 3 on ABC) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (Game 1 on ABC) 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Game 1 on ABC) 2015 (Game 1 on ABC) 2016 (Game 1 on ABC) 2017 (Game 1 on ABC)

All-Star Game

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

Music "I think we see Willis coming out!" "The Block" Christmas Day

Rivalries

Bryant–O'Neal Lakers–Pistons Celtics–Lakers Cavaliers–Warriors

ESPN
ESPN
lore

Pacers–Pistons brawl

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NBA on TNT

Related programs

Inside the NBA

Shaqtin' a Fool

NBA on TBS NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Weekend NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Championship

commentators

NBA Awards

Related articles

Ratings NBA TV NBA 07

Commentators

Play-by-play

Marv Albert Brian Anderson Gary Bender Tim Brando Mike Breen Kevin Calabro Skip Caray Matt Devlin Jim Durham Kevin Harlan Jim Huber Verne Lundquist Bob Neal Mel Proctor Dick Stockton Pete Van Wieren

Color commentators

Danny Ainge Brent Barry Rick Barry Hubie Brown P. J. Carlesimo Rex Chapman Doug Collins Chuck Daly Mike Dunleavy Sr. Mike Fratello Jack Givens Grant Hill Steve Kerr Kevin McHale Reggie Miller Doc Rivers Steve Smith John Thompson Jeff Van Gundy Dick Versace Chris Webber

Sideline reporters

David Aldridge Rosalyn Gold-Onwude Lewis Johnson Allie LaForce Kristen Ledlow Cheryl Miller Pam Oliver Craig Sager Marty Snider Tracy Wolfson

Studio hosts

Vince Cellini Marc Fein Ernie Johnson Jr. Bob Lorenz Casey Stern Matt Winer

Studio analysts

Charles Barkley Magic Johnson Lisa Leslie Kevin McHale Shaquille O'Neal Gary Payton Kenny Smith Reggie Theus Isiah Thomas

NBA Drafts

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

All-Star Game

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Lore

Music Christmas Day NBA outdoor games Disputed foul against Scottie Pippen

Authority control

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