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November 9, 1991 | JULIE CART and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The prominent NBA player met a beautiful young woman after a road game at a restaurant near the arena and, after a few drinks, asked if he could go home with her. She agreed, with one condition. In return for her companionship, he had to give her a pair of autographed sneakers. When they arrived at her bedroom, he fulfilled his part of the agreement, producing the shoes from his shoulder bag and signing them.
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In late January, Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, deciding to halt his public criticism of the team. Johnson has been critical of owner/executive Jim Buss, and the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni to coach the team over Phil Jackson. On Wednesday, Johnson couldn't hold his tongue. I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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October 2, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
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October 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Much has been said about the Clippers' decision to cover up the Lakers banners and retired jerseys in the rafters at Staples Center. Whether it's something that should have been done a long time ago or a disrespect to the Lakers, ultimately the Clippers stand by their oversized images of players like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes obscuring the Lakers' mementos of historic success. On Thursday, Lakers Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, whose jersey and championship banners are among the hidden, tweeted his support of the Clippers' move.
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February 5, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides has joined forces with ex-basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and a Beverly Hills investment firm to buy and improve more than $2 billion worth of urban apartment complexes across the country. Angelides said Monday that he was chairman of the newly created Canyon-Johnson Urban Communities Fund, which will focus on acquiring and upgrading apartments in inner-city neighborhoods to create more "workforce" housing.
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October 19, 1994 | DEBBIE KONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 400 cheering parents and students packed the bleachers in the Laguna Beach High School gymnasium to hear former basketball star Earvin (Magic) Johnson speak about the importance of education, his career with the Lakers and how he is coping with HIV. "I talk about HIV to help you to understand that it's out there and it's here to stay, to make you think before doing things," said Johnson, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. "Talk to your teachers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Lakers legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson made "The Announcement," an ESPN documentary about his life with a frightening diagnosis, to remind people that HIV and AIDS are still both fatal — and preventable. "I am not cured," he says at the film's end. Director Nelson George's moving and informative film does that and more. It highlights, among other things, the wonder that was Magic Johnson as a basketball player, the après-moi madness of L.A. in 1979, the horror of the AIDS crisis, the value and valor of frankness and, perhaps most important, why, despite all the heartbreak they cause, we still need sports heroes.
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November 12, 1994
Willowbrook Park has been renamed the Earvin (Magic) Johnson Community Regional Park after the onetime Los Angeles Lakers coach and five-time NBA champion. Johnson, who has become an international advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and education efforts since announcing three years ago that he is HIV-positive, promised to visit the 96-acre recreation area regularly.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Earvin “Magic” Johnson's purchase of part ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the latest step in one of the most successful post-game careers of any professional athlete. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard has carved out a role as a liaison between big-money investors and the residents of urban neighborhoods who might become their customers in a variety of businesses including theaters, restaurants, stores and apartments. “He is an extraordinary businessman who has done a great job of executing his strategies,” said Ken Lombard, former president of the Johnson Development Corp.
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November 20, 1991
Hailing Earvin (Magic) Johnson as a "national hero," the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved renaming the Willowbrook Recreation Area in honor of the retired Los Angeles Lakers star. Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who proposed the change, praised Johnson as a "hero in the field of basketball" and "a great role model" for young people. Johnson announced on Nov. 7 that he was retiring from the Lakers after testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.
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August 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Video: LeBron James picks his top 3 NBA players of all-time On Wednesday, LeBron James gave Fox Sports his top-three NBA players of all time: Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and Larry Bird. Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson was notably absent from the list, earning a response on Twitter .       LeBron is entitled to his opinion, but I still think that he and I have a similar game and that's why I LOVE to watch him play! - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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July 1, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash was about to board a plane from New York to Los Angeles. But first he hammered out a quick salvo to Dwight Howard on Twitter. Flying from NYC to LA. @DwightHoward we're coming for you. You're going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs! - Steve Nash (@SteveNash) July 1, 2013 Nash will be part of the Lakers delegation that meets with Howard on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will also be there, along with Kobe Bryant and Coach Mike D'Antoni.
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June 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Earvin Johnson is coming to the Lakers -- but it's not in the form of Magic having another front-office position with the Lakers or somehow turning back the clock to the "Showtime" era and making his third comeback. This comes in the form of newly drafted guard Darius Johnson-Odom. The former Marquette guard doesn't just have Lamar Odom's surname, his middle name is Earvin -- inspired by the original Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "That's exactly what my mom named me after," said Johnson-Odom, whom the Lakers acquired out of the No. 55 pick from the Dallas Mavericks for $500,000, as reported by The Times' Mike Breshanan.
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March 30, 2012
Brilliant move making Magic Johnson the face of the new Dodgers. He is the one man who can wash away the bad feelings left by the McCourts. Just remember, Magic — when you wear a No. 32 Dodgers jersey, the name on the back had better be "Koufax. " Maurice Sanchez Coto de Caza :: I think it's safe to say that no other athlete has had the lasting impact on a city like the one Earvin "Magic" Johnson has had on Los Angeles since the day he arrived here in 1979.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Earvin “Magic” Johnson's purchase of part ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the latest step in one of the most successful post-game careers of any professional athlete. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard has carved out a role as a liaison between big-money investors and the residents of urban neighborhoods who might become their customers in a variety of businesses including theaters, restaurants, stores and apartments. “He is an extraordinary businessman who has done a great job of executing his strategies,” said Ken Lombard, former president of the Johnson Development Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Lakers legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson made "The Announcement," an ESPN documentary about his life with a frightening diagnosis, to remind people that HIV and AIDS are still both fatal — and preventable. "I am not cured," he says at the film's end. Director Nelson George's moving and informative film does that and more. It highlights, among other things, the wonder that was Magic Johnson as a basketball player, the après-moi madness of L.A. in 1979, the horror of the AIDS crisis, the value and valor of frankness and, perhaps most important, why, despite all the heartbreak they cause, we still need sports heroes.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nestle Drops Magic as Endorser: After months of denying that it would drop Earvin (Magic) Johnson as a product endorser, a Nestle Chocolate & Confection Co. spokeswoman confirmed that the Purchase, N.Y., firm "has no plans" to use Magic Johnson to promote products in future commercials. At the same time, Johnson has signed a two-year contract to become spokesman for Skybox International Trading Cards--his first endorsement deal since disclosing that he has contracted the HIV virus.
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December 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Magic Johnson Theaters was a blockbuster business story in the mid-1990s, the feel-good saga of a plucky underdog's climb to the top of the heap. Since Johnson and his partner sold their ownership stake in 2004, time and circumstances have been less than kind to the cineplex at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. But new owners for the mall and new operators for the theaters have big plans to rejuvenate the venture. The undisputed success ? considered improbable by many at the time ?
SPORTS
June 21, 2010
OK everyone, time to daydream a little. Ready to daydream? You there, reading this on the Metrolink: Ready to daydream? Now imagine you are at Staples Center. It's Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The lights go dim as Lawrence Tanter introduces the lineup for the Lakers: At one forward, 6-9 in his fifth year out of North Carolina, James Worthy The other forward, 6-5 in his seventh year out of Seattle University, Elgin Baylor At center, 7-2 in his 11th year out of UCLA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar At one guard, 6-6 in his sixth year out of Lower Merion High School, Ko-beeeeeee Bryant The other guard, 6-8 in his ninth year out of Michigan State, Earvin "Magic" Johnson The head coach, in his 18th year, Hall of Famer Phil Jackson Now, come back to reality.
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