Little known, Amazing & Interesting Facts About Magic Johnson
For many of us the phrase that sky is the limit is just a phrase but for some like Earvin Johnson Jr. it is something that they practically apply. He was born on August 14, in the year 1959 at Michigan. When he was playing you couldn’t dare to miss a basket ball game because the way he dominated the court as one of America’s best basketball players for 12 years was purely charismatic. When he retired due to AIDS he began to build up a business empire, which now includes movie theaters, real estate holdings and several Starbucks franchises. As if this wasn’t enough he also became an author. Well here are a few more interesting facts about Magic Johnson you might not be aware of-
Interesting Facts About Magic Johnson
#1: The tall and handsome hunk
When it comes to men, height is always a major concern but it was never a worry for Johnson as he was 6’9″ tall while the average height for an NBA player required in the 1980s was 6’7″.
#2: Rivalry turned into friendship
On the road to success you become rivals with many but there are very few rivalry’s that turn into such good friendships. Johnson’s rivalry with Larry Bird was a journey that began in college but transformed into a friendship while shooting a Converse shoe commercial in the year 1984.
#3: The Most Valuable
Considering the amount of contribution Johnson did to the game he was named as NBA’s Most Valuable Player three times, i.e., in the year 1987, followed by the year 1989 and then in 1990.
#4: Cause of Trouble
Sex is enjoyable and craved for many but learning from the example of Johnson who explained that the way he contracted HIV was through sexual encounters with multiple female partners in the year 1980, one must take precaution.
#5: Business Empire
Discovery of AIDS never let Johnson down, rather he worked so hard that now he is the CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. For the ones who don’t know it is the same company that owns a minor league and a major league baseball team, movie theaters, magazines, Aetna, real estate, a cable network, , partnerships with restaurants, radio stations, Sony, Best Buy, a bank and more.
#6: The Human Cause
As if that wasn’t enough, Johnson is also the chairman and CEO of the Magic Johnson Foundation, i.e., the foundation which was created to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, education and prevention.
#7: Dream Team
Johnson has also won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 as a member of the “Dream Team”.
#8: Hall of Fame
He has been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 2002.
#9: Greatest Guard
Johnson has been rated as the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in the year 2007.
#10: One of the greatest players
Johnson has been honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in the NBA History in the year 1996.