In his very own words, Magic would state as a youngster, “I practiced all the time and I dripped to the store with my right hand and also back with my left-I also slept with my basketball. “He got his label as the star of Everett High School. A regional sportswriter, that had watch the outstanding 15-year-old play as well as racking up 36 factors, 16 rebounds, and 16 aids, really felt no other word would certainly explain Earvin other than “Magic!” After excelling at Everett High School, Magic intended to stay near house for college, so Michigan State was the apparent option. Also as a freshman, he went over with numbers like 17 points per video game and led his college teammates, The Spartans, to a 25. As a sophomore, Johnson and his teammates won the nationwide title in 1979 as well as vanquish Larry Birds’ Indiana State in what is considered one of the most enjoyed NCAA Champion Game-ever. Johnson was quickly prepared by the LA Lakers. LA followers aspired to see this well known college gamer wear the Lakers uniform as well as he really did not disappoint them. The Lakers were unstoppable the next period as well, with Johnson becoming the first rookie to start in an All Star video game because the late sixties. The 1980 NBA finals saw one more amazing performance from Johnson versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson racked up 42 points, 15 boards, 7 aids and also 3 steals in the collection. Magic became the initial newbie ever before to win the MVP award in the finals. ” However, the following year would certainly see Johnson sidelined for 45 video games because of torn cartilage in his knee. Johnson recouped from his injury and also the Lakers returned in a big way for the 1981-1982 season. The Lakers easily won their department title and once again took on the 76ers in the finals, with an additional win for the Lakers as well as another MVP award for Johnson. While Johnson took some warm for the remarks he made about Lakers train Paul Westhead (who was changed by the currently famous Pat Riley and left himself for the Chicago Bulls), he never let the criticism get to him and also his efficiency in the video game was never less than astounding. In the 1986-87 period, he racked up a remarkable 38 points against Houston and 46 points versus the Sacramento Kings-a profession high. However, he had actually discovered a new emphasis: outreach as well as enlightening the general public concerning HIV/AIDS. Johnson additionally played on the United States Olympic Basketball group in the 1992 Olympics, created a book on secure sex and also launched kind structures. As well as all of this was before he went back to the Lakers in 1996 where he played 32 more games prior to relinquishing the game for excellent – unless he chooses to make an additional comeback. In his 13 period NBA profession, Magic Johnson accomplished an astonishing 17,707 points (a 19. 5 factor per video game average), 6,559 rebounds and also 10,141 helps. Johnson was additionally welcomed to the NBA 50th Wedding anniversary All-Time team in 1997 and entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.