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In Honor of Black History Month: Magic Johnson

February 13, 2014Comments231 Views

post by Ashli Prescott

In Honor of Black History Month: Magic Johnson

 

Magic Johnson (Born Earvin Johnson Jr.) 1959-Present

Professional Basketball Star, Los Angeles Lakers

 

As one of the Los Angeles Lakers most notable members, Magic Johnson dominated the game for 13 great seasons. He became a champion in his rookie season (1979 first over-all draft pick) and was named the NBA finals MVP. His long career was full of triumph-as well as hardship. He announced his (first) retirement in 1991 after learning he was inflicted with HIV.  That certainly wasn't the end for Johnson as he victoriously returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, as it would not have been complete without him. This victory, however, did not last long as some of his own peers protested his stay and felt he was forced to retire for a second time. His defeat did not last as he came back once again In 1996 to play 32 final games with his Fellow Lakers and it was in this year that he was awarded a spot on the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History" roster.  His accomplishments included 3 NBA MVP awards, 12 All-Star Games, and a 9-time NBA Finals participation. He knew that his position in life put him in the spotlight to be a role model to kids (and really people of all ages) and he worked hard to achieve just that. Johnson proved to be a hero on and off the court with his vigorous enthusiasm to stay in the game and overcome huge personal obstacles.

"All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them." - Magic Johnson

Which professional athlete do you see as a role model?

Post his or her picture on Instagram and follow us #jimmyjazzstores. Use Hashtag #BHMJJ

February 13, 2014Comments231 Views