Magic Johnson La Lakers Legend signed basketball in case
- Item Number
- Estimated Value
- $1,000 USD
- Opening Bid
- $375 USD
The winner will receive a Magic Johnson La Lakers Legend signed basketball. Display case will be included.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association(NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. 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. 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. 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.
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. He led the league in regular-season assistsfour times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.
Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex. 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. He continues to advocate for those living with HIV.
In 2003, Johnson met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss federal assistance for those with AIDS. After announcing his infection in November 1991, Johnson created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV,although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals.
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