The game of basketball has produced some of the richest and most famous legends in the world, and Magic Johnson is not only a first-class player, but he was also a coach who suffered a setback at the height of his career that brought his career to an unexpected end.
Magic Johnson retired as a professional basketball player and is currently president of the NBA operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. During his basketball career, the skillful player won five NBA championships for the Los Angeles Lakers and was elected MVP of the championship.
The superstar had a wonderful career, which, by the way, was broken off after his HIV infection. You may ask what this has to do with his career. Scroll on to find out all about the superstar.
Magic Johnson’s Bio
The black American superstar was born on August 14, 1959, in Lansing, Michigan. His birth name was Earvin Johnson Junior, he was the fourth of seven children of Christine and Earvin Johnson.
Johnson’s parents were very hardworking and often did more than one job so that they could support their children. At some point, the young lad also did menial jobs to provide for his family.
Magic attended Everett High School, where he played for the basketball team. At a very young age Johnson developed a passion for basketball, he was a very skilled player who led his school team to win the state championship in 1977.
He was nicknamed “Magic” after his skillful and dramatic performance during the State Championship.
Johnson also attended Michigan State University, where he continued his basketball career. During his college years, Michigan State University’s basketball team was the leading champions; they won the college’s National Basketball Championship. Magic, however, won the MVP of the tournament.
After graduating from university, the outstanding young talent joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. After a remarkable performance in the first season, Magic signed a 25 million dollar contract with the Lakers.
Magic shot so high in his career and enjoyed massive success with the Lakers. He played alongside famous players like Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Johnson’s career at the Los Angeles Lakers was very successful, he was always in the starting lineup and played numerous games for the team.
With his great commitment, skills, and diligence, Magic played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1989. He won five NBA championships with his teammates and was voted MVP of the championship five times in a row.
What Caused Magic Johnson’s Sudden Retirement?
At the height of his career in 1991, the legend met with a shocking incident that led to the sudden end of his successful career. Magic was diagnosed with HIV, but this became his nightmare and it was hard for him to believe at the time.
Only a short time after the diagnosis Johnson also discovered that his wife Cookie was pregnant. Fortunately, his wife and son Earvin III tested negative.
However, the skillful player, who won the hearts of many fans, made a public announcement about his state of health and also decided to retire so that he would not be ridiculed or despised.
As they always say, a man’s demise is not the end of his life, Magic Johnson Junior retired from professional basketball, but his record remained unbeaten for so many years.
He was invited by the US basketball team to participate in the 1992 Olympic Games, and his team showed an outstanding performance that led to victory. The USA basketball team won the gold medal in the competition.
In addition, Magic was able to manage his case with the entire medical care, he was able to prevent the escalation from HIV to AIDS. He attributed his HIV infection to carelessness and unprotected sex. To enlighten those who share the same fate, the young champ wrote a book entitled What you can do to prevent AIDS.
Despite his condition, Johnson’s love of basketball continued to grow, he announced his comeback in 1992, and after playing a few games with the Lakers, he left the team due to health problems.
Magic Johnson was not only a player but also the coach of his club. First, he was appointed vice president of the team and towards the end of the ’92/’93 season he finally became a Lakers coach and in May 1996 he finally retired from professional basketball.
Magic Johnson Family: Wife, Kids, Son, and Daughter
Earvin Johnson was involved with Melissa Mitchell, their relationship did not lead to marriage, but they had a son named Andre Johnson. The child was raised by his mother Melissa, although Johnson has a very good relationship with Andre.
Magic eventually married Cookie in 1991, and they both had a son named Earvin Johnson III and a daughter named Elisa, who adopted them in 1995.
The superstar currently lives with his family in California.
Magic Johnson’s Son
The son of famous basketball legend Magic Johnson is a television personality known for his role in the reality TV show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.
Only recently, rumors spread that the star child is gay. The rumors were confirmed after the rich kid revealed his sexual orientation to the public and confirmed that he is gay. In response, his parents have shown support for their son, as being gay is acceptable in America. However, they encouraged him not to feel bad about his orientation and this helped the young man to fit into society.
Magic Johnson Net Worth
The basketball star has amassed a huge fortune through his career and business, he currently has net assets of $600 million in 2017, he has achieved great success as an entrepreneur, he has formed an all-star basketball team that travels around the world with other foreign colleagues and plays exhibition games with other foreign colleagues. He also founded Magic Johnson Enterprises, which works with as many major companies as AMC Theatres, Starbucks, T.G.I Fridays and others.
Magic has been a major investor in the real estate market through its companies and has also donated more than $1 million to NGOs whose goal is to work to educate and prevent HIV/AIDS.
Quick Facts about Magic Johnson: Height/Wiki
Birth name: Earvin Johnson Jr.
Date of Birth: August 4, 1959
Birth City: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Birth sign: Leo
Education: Michigan State University
Profession: Basketball player
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Spouse: Earlitha Kelly (m. 1991)
Children: 3 (Earvin III Johnson, Elisa Johnson, Andre Johnson)
Net Worth: $600 million