Magic

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you; ask what you can do for your teammates.”
Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson won Championships in High School, College and the NBA.

Johnson led Michigan State to the NCAA Championship in 1979 and then was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

“Magic” led the Lakers to five Championships; he won three Most Valuable Player Awards and played in 12 All-Star games. His NBA statistics are amazing. He averaged better than 19 points, more than 7 rebounds and better than 11 assists per game.

In the fall of 1991, when test revealed that Earvin Johnson was HIV positive, he retired from the NBA. Johnson made a couple of short-lived comebacks and briefly coached the Lakers.

These days Johnson is a very successful entrepreneur.

The quote above from Johnson is a spin-off of President John Kennedy saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, as much as any other player, did so much for his teammates. Johnson made them all better because he was such an unselfish player. His average of  11.2 assists per game is the best in NBA History. Johnson’s rivalry with Larry Bird was a thing of beauty.

Johnson always seem to be having  fun when he was playing and his 138 triple doubles rank second to Oscar Robertson.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Magic several times over the years. He always was very pleasant. His smile was genuine, his enthusiasm was infectious and because of how talented and team oriented he was, I would rank him among the top five players in NBA History.

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