November 6, 2009 |
In the spring of 1979, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and his Michigan State team faced off against Larry Bird and his undefeated Indiana State squad to decide the collegiate basketball championship. Johnson and the Spartans prevailed in a game that introduced much of the nation to two sublime players and, not so incidentally, paved the way for the multibillion-dollar television contract that March Madness now commands. Such is the influence of the Johnson-Bird rivalry, a nexus that continued after they entered the NBA together and rekindled a dormant, bicoastal feud.
September 28, 1992 |
Basketball star Earvin (Magic) Johnson has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton and implored blacks to vote in November's election. "We have to make sure that we understand that we can't take four more years of the Bush Administration," Johnson said on NBC's "Sunday Today." Johnson resigned Friday from the National Commission on AIDS and accused the Administration of ignoring the panel's work.
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October 27, 1994
Willowbrook Park in South Los Angeles will be renamed for former Lakers basketball star Earvin (Magic) Johnson today, Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke announced. Johnson is expected to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony at 905 E. El Segundo Blvd., which is an unincorporated area of the county. Along with Burke, Lakers General Manager Jerry West, recording artist Howard Hewitt and Bishop Charles E. Blake of the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ are expected to be at the ceremony.
March 12, 2014 |
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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June 13, 1998
The Community Redevelopment Agency and developers for Earvin "Magic" Johnson continued negotiating Friday on a deal to revamp the aging Santa Barbara Plaza, but failed to reach agreement. Both sides have an added incentive to complete negotiations: the Crenshaw Community Advisory Council voted Thursday evening advising the CRA to conclude talks with the Johnson Development Corp. by July 1.
November 11, 2006 |
Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and two developers announced a $1-billion development in Atlanta's Midtown area. The project at Peachtree and 12th streets will have 1.2 million square feet of office space, more than 500 hotel rooms and more than 600 condominiums. It also will have 150,000 square feet of retail space, according to a statement issued by Johnson and partners Daniel Corp. and Selig Enterprises Inc.
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January 12, 1992 |
Earvin (Magic) Johnson won a special award and singer Natalie Cole won three awards at the 24th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night at the Wiltern Theatre. Television talk-show host Arsenio Hall was presented the Key of Life Award by singer Paula Abdul for his efforts to help the homeless and needy. Johnson, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in November after contracting the virus that causes AIDS, was presented the Jackie Robinson Sports Award.
October 25, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2013 |
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)