Born on August 14, 1959, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is a former NBA player and the former president of basketball operations for the LA Lakers. He played with the team for 13 seasons and was honored as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. He also won a championship and NBA Finals MVP in his rookie season. He won four more championships with the Lakers in the 1980s. Johnson retired in 1991 very abruptly after announcing that he had contracted HIV. He returned to play the 1992 All-Star Game and won the All-Star MVP award. He retired again for four years and returned in 1996 to play 32 games for the Lakers before he finally retired for the last time. Johnson was part of the 1992 'Dream Team' for the United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the gold medal. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 for his individual career and in 2012 as part of the Dream Team. When he retired in 1992, he formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that traveled worldwide and played various exhibition games.
After his retirements, 'Magic' Johnson has taken on several roles. He has been a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex. He also was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and broadcaster. He was also one of the most influential black businessmen in 2009. He was also part-owner of the Lakers for many years. Johnson is also part of the investors who bought the LA Dodgers in 2012 and the LA Sparks in 2014.
How many rings does Magic Johnson have?
Magic Johnson has won five rings, all with the Los Angeles Lakers.
What years did Magic Johnson win his championship rings?
Magic Johnson has won his championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988.
1980 - Midway through Game 5, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suffered from a severely sprained ankle and was out for Game 6. Magic Johnson took over for him in the game. Johnson, who was playing in his rookie season, played what has been termed the 'greatest game of his career against the Philadelphia 76ers. Scoring 42 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, the highest in a game and handing out seven assists, it was Johnson, who eventually led the Lakers to their ultimate goal.
1982 - The Lakers finished with a 57-25 regular-season record, which was the best in the Western Conference. Magic Johnson was named the MVP of the series with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists.
1985 - With the combined effort of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 4-2 for the first time in Lakers history in the NBA. Johnson has a game-high 14 assists. He also scored around 18 points and six rebounds per game.
1987 - The Lakers defeated defending champions Boston Celtics 4-2. Magic Johnson's baby sky hook in Game 4 was the highlight of the series. He recovered from a cold first half and scored 16 points, grabbed 19 assists, and eight rebounds.
1988 - This year marked the LA Lakers' first Game 7 finals. However, Johnson landed on the bench with foul trouble during the second half.
How many years did it take for Magic Johnson to win his first championship?
Magic Johnson won his first championship in his rookie season. His exemplary performance in Game 6 earned him the NBA Finals MVP award in the 1980 championship. What made the performance remarkable was the fact that he was a 20-year-old rookie.
Did Magic Johnson win back-to-back rings?
Yes. Magic Johnson won back-to-back rings in the 1987 and 1988 seasons.
How many rings did Magic Johnson and Kareem win together?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson are known to be some of the most iconic duos in the NBA. They have won 5 championship rings together as part of the Los Angeles Lakers.