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18 Facts About Magic Johnson

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.

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He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons.

The point guard, also called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game.

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After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers.

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He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s.

The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals.

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Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award.

The human immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus that causes HIV infection and over time acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

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Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

The All-NBA Team is an annual National Basketball Association honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season.

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He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.

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Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players.

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After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games.

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced.

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Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History were chosen in 1996 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association.

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Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team".

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007.

ESPN is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation.

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His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented.

Larry Joe Bird is an American professional basketball executive, former coach and former player, currently serving as president of the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association.

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Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, broadcaster and motivational speaker.

Entrepreneurship has traditionally been defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire, and the people who do so are called 'entrepreneurs'.

Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus.

Safe sex is sexual activity engaged in by people who have taken precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.

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His public announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 helped dispel the stereotype, still widely held at the time, that HIV was a "gay disease" that heterosexuals need not worry about; his bravery in making this announcement was widely commended.

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.

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Named by Ebony magazine as one of America's most influential black businessmen in 2009, Johnson has numerous business interests, and was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years.

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Johnson also is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.

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