Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. (* 14. August 1959 in Lansing, Michigan) is an US-American Basketballer and beside Larry Bird the outstanding NBA player of the eighties. Although largely, Magic Johnson played scarcely 2.05 m mainly as POINT Guard, a position thosenormally smaller players is reserved.
Magic Johnson received its pointed name after a spectacular play for its High School of the local sport reporter franc Stabley. As outstanding new generation players of the country over frequently of offers it decided for a scholarship the Michigan State University. Already two yearslater, he celebrated 1979 with the university crew, save to, the profit of the college championship. In the final it defeated thereby Larry Bird with its Indiana State Sycamores and wrote thereby the first chapter of a duel for many years.
In the Draft of 1979 selected it the lotAngeles Lakers in the first place. Together with Larry Bird, which was gedraftet also in the same year by the bad clay/tone Celtics, it began its first NBA season. The Trophäe for the best Rookies of the NBA went at Bird, but Magic Johnson won with the Lakers thoseNBA championship. In the crucial sixth play of the final series of 1980 it accumulated for the hurt Kareem Abdul Jabbar as center and after an outstanding conception (42 points, 15 Rebounds, 7 Assists) to the MVP of the final series was selected. Until today it is the only Rookie,this feat succeeded.
The duel between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird determined the NBA in the entire Achtzigern. Between 1980 and 1989 there was no NBA final, in which not at least one of the two on the parquet. Three times (1984, 1985 and 1987) they met one another directly in the final plays, twice (1985 and 1987) won Johnsons Lakers. Besides this duel of the NBA help to new popularity. After the league had for a long time a shade existence periods, now plays live were country-wide transferred for the first time and.
Johnson was the head thatShowtime so mentioned Lakers. Characteristically of this kind basketball was the fast, play aligned to nearly BREAK, which was initiated and stated mostly by Johnson. Fellow players, who could profit from Magic's style, were for example James Worthy or Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Its outstanding play intelligenceJohnson let become one of the best passport givers of NBA history. It is considered as a master of the so-called “NO-Look” - passport, with which the player looks in another direction, than he plays the ball.
To 7. November 1991 stepped Magic Johnson due to one HEAVES - infection back. The basketball fansnevertheless into the starting list of the 92er universe star Games selected it. It became Johnsons parting play and one of the great moments of NBA history. Accompanied by standing Ovations, demanded Magic briefly before end of the play for example Michael Jordan to the 1 against 1, while the remaining players for this duelthe playing field vacated. Afterwards Johnson tried only as TV-commentator, then as a coach. Finally he tried to 29. January 1996 a less successful comeback, around then to 14. To explain May 1996 its final resignation.
To the honors, which collect Magic Johnson during its careercould, belong five Meistertitel (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), three MVP titles (1987, 1989, 1990), three MVP titles in the final series (1980, 1982, 1987) and two MVP titles with the all star Game (1990, 1992). With that US Dream team it won 1992 olympic gold in Barcelona. 1996 becameit into the selection of the 50 best NBA players of all times selected and to 27. September 2002 in resound to OF Fame of the basketball.
Johnson took part participation after its career end among other things in the following projects:
- Magic Johnson Theatres (meanwhile of Loews Theatresbought up)
- Fatburger (until 2003)
- various star bending branches
- T.G.I. Fridays restaurant
- Magic Johnson and William Novak: My would run, New York 1993. ISBN 0449222543
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|ALTERNATIVE NAME||Magic Johnson|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||of US-American basketball players|
|DATE OF BIRTH||14. August 1959|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lansing, Michigan, the USA|