10 lesser-known facts about Magic Johnson
While he's widely known as "Magic," his real name is actually Earvin Johnson Jr.
Magic Johnson was known for his incredible versatility on the basketball court. Standing at 6'9" (206 cm), he played point guard, a position typically reserved for smaller players.
In his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1980), Magic Johnson had a standout performance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
In November 1991, Magic Johnson announced to the world that he had contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Despite his HIV diagnosis, Magic Johnson made a brief comeback to the NBA during the 1995-1996 season.
Magic Johnson is not only a basketball legend but also a successful entrepreneur.
Magic Johnson made an incredible 12 appearances in the NBA All-Star Game during his career.
Magic Johnson was a part of the "Dream Team," the U.S. men's basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Beyond basketball, Magic Johnson has made appearances in various films and television shows.
He has established the Magic Johnson Foundation, which focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness, educational programs, and community empowerment initiatives.
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