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Magic Johnson Biography (Earvin Effay Johnson Jr.) : Basketball Player
Famous for : Being a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team. Magic retired for the first time in 1991 after contracting the HIV virus, but came out of retirement twoce before finally retiring from basketball in 1996. Johnson is a successful businessman and founder of Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Johnson details : Born - 14th of August, 1959 Lansing, Michigan, USA / Lives United States of America

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Magic Johnson is best known for his athletic career as a basketball player with the LA Lakers until his retirement in 1991 after announcing he was HIV positive. After ending his basketball career, Magic Johnson went on to become a very successful businessman and entrepreneur, creating the Johnson Development Corporation through which he has helped large chain stores and entertainment complexes take root in minority neighborhoods.

Magic Johnson was born Earvin Effay Johnson Jr. on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. Even in his early years, Johnson loved basketball and engaged in the sport at every opportunity. When Johnson joined his first basketball team at the age of 15, his incredible talent and athleticism won him the nickname "Magic". He worked hard at basketball and eventually graduated high school as a local star, having led the team to the state finals that year.

Johnson settled on attending Michigan State University close to home where he prepared for a major in communication studies. Although his original intent was to go into television, a local basketball team reconnected him with his love of the sport. Magic Johnson's talent eventually helped lead the Spartans to the Big Ten Conference title and took Michigan State to the NCAA finals in 1979. It was at this final game that Johnson first played face to face with his soon-to-be professional rival, Larry Bird.

With two years of college and multiple basketball wins under his belt, Johnson left Michigan State and was listed as the number one draft pick of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Johnson and he quickly became a favorite with both his teammates and fans. His enthusiasm for basketball was always present and his skills with the ball won him the NBA Finals MVP award. By the time he was twenty, Johnson had won almost every award at the high school, college, and professional level.

Magic Johnson's basketball career lasted from 1979 to 1991 and followed the common ups and downs of most professional athletic careers. His time on the court ended with shock to his fans, however, when he announced his infection with HIV in November of 1991. The announcement came with his decision to immediately retire. Although he returned to the game for brief stints to take part in the 1992 All-Star Game and the 1992 Olympics, Johnson was already beginning to work on business ventures.

In 1991 Johnson partnered with Earl G. Graves to purchase a Pepsi-Cola distribution plant in Maryland. Not long after his investment with Graves, Johnson started the Johnson Development Corporation with the original intention of bringing movie theaters to minority communities. Although his ideas were met with some skepticism, the large revenues of his theaters brought him welcomed attention. Johnson partnered with Loews Cineplex Entertainment to continue building theaters in Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and Cleveland.

As a result of his success with theaters, Magic Johnson began branching out into other avenues of entertainment and food. His idea remained the same: bring quality chain restaurants and stores to minority neighborhoods. Johnson's business ideas eventually led to partnerships with Starbucks, Fatburger, and the popular restaurant T.G.I Friday's.

Johnson continued to grow his retail relationships through the Johnson Development Corporation, but he also began working within the television and film industries. Besides opening up a series of sports and exercise clubs, Johnson began producing films and television shows, some of which were scheduled for distribution through Black Entertainment Television. He continues to work in entertainment while simultaneously bringing greater opportunities to disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Magic Johnson is married to Earlitha Kelly and has one child.

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