[36], 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. [38] 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. [40], Johnson was drafted first overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers.

She is very much passionate about fashion which is now praised by masses.
Of his critics, he said, "It's almost like they're attacking me for being me and so to that I can only say, 'Well, I can only be myself, so I don't know really what you want me to do. Magic Johnson may have retired from playing basketball, but his iconic moments on the court have forever cemented his place in NBA history. [184] He won the WNBA championship as the owner in 2016. He had become a dominant junior high player, once scoring 48 points in a game. News as a news personality and commentator, covering shows for New York Fashion Week as well as having a recurring commentary role on Fashion Police. Quote Of The Day | Top 100 Quotes, See the events in life of Magic Johnson in Chronological Order, Magic Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player, counted among the greatest basketball players of all time. [9] The Spartans reached the Elite Eight, but lost narrowly to eventual national champion Kentucky. The game was played at a gym inside Fort McNair, and reporters covering the president were not allowed to enter. EJ Johnson enjoyed his 28th birthday with his family, and his father, Magic Johson, has the perfect image to prove it. ", "Magic Johnson endorses Wendy Greuel for L.A. He won the Most Valuable Player Award three times (1987, 1989, 1990). [183], Together with Guggenheim, Johnson was also involved in the February 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks team in the WNBA.

According to sports journalist Larry Schwartz of ESPN, Johnson and Bird saved the NBA from bankruptcy.

Often regarded as the best point guard of all time,[3][4] Johnson is also considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. In 1979, he was named the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player. EJ Johnson is thinking about taking a stab at the fashion industry. We're very proud of him. [181] The Dodgers would win the 2020 World Series, giving Johnson a World Series title to his credit. at that point. You may request that your data not be shared with third parties here: See Striking Resemblance between Magic Johnson & His Firstborn Son Andre in New Photos Together, Magic Johnson's 3 Kids Pay Loving Father's Day Tribute to Him, Magic Johnson's Granddaughter Resembles the NBA Star in New Pic Showing Her Braces & Brown Eyes, Magic Johnson's Son Andre Celebrates Father's Day with Heartwarming Posts from Dad & Wife, How Magic Johnson's Grandson Avery Celebrated His Birthday with His Parents and Sister, Magic Johnson's Daughter Elisa Shows Her Stunning Smile Posing in a White Top & Dark Pants, Tommy Heinsohn Was Involved in Each of the Celtics' 17 Championships — Facts about the NBA Legend, Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark Got Married Amid the Pandemic — inside Their Love Story. Behind his low-key profile, Andre’s presence is big in the business world. He has an older brother, Andre, and a younger sister, Elisa. Happy Father’s Day to my incredible Father Earvin Johnson Sr.! After a triple-double from Johnson in Game 6, the Lakers defeated the Sixers 4–2, as Johnson won his second NBA Finals MVP award. In the picture, Magic, in a white printed shirt and light grey pants, was standing beside Andre who sported a pair of eyeglasses, a black shirt, and relaxed shorts. ", "1993–94 Los Angeles Lakers Roster and Stats. 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. [22] He also idolized players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes,[23] and practiced "all day". [149], Magic Johnson had an extremely close relationship with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, whom he saw as a mentor and a father figure. Magic never wanted to leave Lakers and was a part owner of Lakers for many years. [95] Under Dunleavy, the offense used more half-court sets, and the team had a renewed emphasis on defense. ", "Magic Johnson's Gala Midsummer Night Magic Gets $1.3 Mil for UNCF.". [28] He was selected to the 1978–79 All-American team for his performance that season. The children’s from the neighborhood who used to see Magic collecting garbage used to tease and bully him. [204], For his feats, Johnson was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time by the NBA in 1996,[206] and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. '", "Magic Johnson says Jerry Buss made him man he is today. [39] However, the Lakers bowed out to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals, which was the Lakers' earliest playoffs elimination in nine years. With the base of his performance, he was drafted to Lakers team in 1979 to play in NBA. Now it can be said that Magic has got Basketball blood from his parents. Magic Johnson grew up in a big family with several siblings and developed an early love for basketball.
He nearly got into a fight with another player before head coach George Fox intervened. He then went to study at the Michigan State University where he continued playing the sport. "But that doesn't mean you're done after that because you don't like what's hot. | Photo: Getty Images. But I don't feel incomplete in that way. Now, since everybody's talking about Caitlyn Jenner and being transgender, people are so quick to say, 'Oh, just because you're dressing like that means that you're going to transition to become a woman. [121] Despite these difficulties, the Lakers finished with a record of 53–29 and fourth seed in the NBA Playoffs. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. [19] Johnson looked forward to playing at Sexton High School, a school with a very successful basketball team and history that also happened to be only five blocks from his home. [63] 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. [2] In 2017 Johnson was a guest-host on The Real. [85] 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. [54] The 54-win Lakers faced the 40–42 Houston Rockets in the first round of playoffs,[55][56] where Houston upset the Lakers 2–1 after Johnson airballed a last-second shot in Game 3. Is this something that I would do?' The basketball game was part of festivities organized to celebrate Obama's 49th birthday. [12] He also appeared as a guest commentator on Hello Ross in 2014. One of the fans wrote that Magic and Andre were looking great together in the snap. On Instagram, 61-year-old Magic shared a picture of himself with Andre, his eldest son whom he shares with his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Mitchell. [132][133] On November 1, 2002, Johnson returned to play a second exhibition game against Michigan State. ", "Consensus All-America Teams (1969–70 to 1978–79)". "[151] Buss acquired the team from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979, shortly before he drafted Johnson with the #1 pick in the 1979 NBA draft. He was in a brief relationship with Melissa Mitchell which resulted in the birth of a son in 1981. [218] The following year, HBO developed a documentary about their rivalry titled Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, which was directed by Ezra Edelman.[219]. 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. His father, though not a professional basketball player, was an athletic man who had played the sport during his high school days. [29] He gave Chastine much of the credit for his development as a basketball player and as a person,[30] saying years later, "I doubted myself back then. ", EJ is aware that as a public figure who is a member of two minority groups, he has a responsibility to be a role model. Magic Johnson (father) Earlitha Kelly (mother) Early life. [216][217] Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony in 1992, and described Bird as a "friend forever";[107] during Johnson's Hall of Fame ceremony, Bird formally inducted his old rival. "I say dance around in your closet when no one is looking until the time is right," he told BET. Young Earvin also developed an early interest in the sport. Earvin "EJ" Johnson III (born June 4, 1992) is an American television personality and socialite. He also missed several games due to a calf injury.

Earvin "EJ" Johnson III turned a year older on June 4 and to celebrate the occasion he had a small party that included just the members of his family.

Senate. [3] Johnson came out as gay to his family at the age of 17 and came out publicly in 2013 after a report by TMZ published pictures of him holding hands with a male friend. In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever,[37] Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.