October 24, 2009 |
Magic Johnson's relationship with Larry Bird, like so much else about Johnson, was one of the best things the NBA ever saw. They started out hating each other as rivals in the 1979 Michigan State-Indiana State NCAA final, the highest-rated basketball game of all time; re-floated the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, then, in an unexpected inspiring turn, became lifelong friends, showing themselves and everyone else how much of themselves an urban African...
August 14, 2009 |
Happy 50th birthday to Magic Johnson . . . . Eighteen years ago, when Johnson made his bombshell announcement that he was HIV positive, few expected the Lakers star would see his 33rd birthday, much less his 50th. . . . "His impact on increasing awareness that you can live with the disease has been phenomenal," says Cynthia Davis , director of HIV education and outreach at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. "Even today, 30 years into the epidemic, there are people who aren't educated and feel that it's a death sentence."
December 19, 2012 |
On Dec. 14, Magic Johnson decided he had seen enough from the struggling Lakers, swearing a vow of silence on Twitter . "This will be my last tweet about the @Lakers until they win three in a row!" read Johnson's entry. At the time of his post, the Lakers were struggling against the Washington Wizards on the road, following a four-game losing streak. The Lakers would ultimately win in Washington, 102-96, and then in Philadelphia two days later over the Sixers, 111-98. Pau Gasol's return helped spark a tight, tight victory in Los Angeles against the Charlotte Bobcats (101-100)
March 28, 2012 |
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.
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Of all the questions related to the ownership change the Dodgers were asked Wednesday morning, they had particular trouble answering one. Who was better: Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan? Matt Kemp burst out laughing. From a couple of lockers away, Jerry Hairston Jr. shouted at Kemp: “Tell the truth! Tell the truth!” Kemp continued smiling. “Both of them were great athletes, so I'll keep it at that,” Kemp said. When Dee Gordon was asked the question, he responded: “You can't do that to me, man. I can't go there.