Most people in Los Angeles consider Earvin “Magic” Johnson as a part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ family. He averaged 19.5 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per game over his career in Los Angeles.
The Hall of Fame point guard is a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, nine-time All-NBA First Team member, 12-time All-Star, and Olympic gold medalist. He is regarded as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and has his number 32 Lakers’ jersey hanging from the rafters at Staples Center. Johnson even has his own statue outside the venue.
However, over the past few years Johnson has been part of another team in Los Angeles. In January of 2012, Johnson teamed up with Guggenheim Partners and Stan Kasten in a bid for the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In March of that year, Johnson and his partners won the bid to buy the team. Since then, Johnson has been part-owner of the Dodgers.
Johnson graduated Everett High School before attending Michigan St., where he won a NCAA National Championship and was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four during his sophomore season. Johnson was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers.
Since his illustrious basketball career ended, Johnson spent time as a talk show host, an NBA television analyst, and an HIV activist. He also owns a nationwide chain of movie theaters named Magic Johnson Theaters and over one hundred Starbucks across various urban areas. Not to mention, Johnson and the Guggenheim partners purchased the Los Angeles Sparks in February of this year.
It is safe to say that Johnson is one of the most influential athletes and businessmen in not just Los Angeles, but the world.
Dodgers Nation would like to with Earvin “Magic” Johnson a happy birthday!