Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. is an American former basketball player. Known for his ability to make the players around him better, he won championships at every level of competition: high school, collegiate, professional, and international. Statues of him have been erected in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
His professional career consisted of 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won five NBA championships, was named to the NBA All-Star team 12 times, was league MVP three times, and NBA Finals MVP three times. He was in the NBA Finals 9 times and was a participant in the most-watched regular season NBA game ever and the most-watched NBA All-Star Game ever. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, and was voted to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
Johnson’s post-basketball business ventures include Magic Johnson Theaters, a nationwide chain of movie theaters whose complexes are primarily in urban locations. He’s also developed several Starbucks franchises in urban locations. He has since gotten back in front of the camera, working as an NBA studio analyst for TNT. His name graces numerous TGI Friday’s franchises as well as 24 Hour Fitness Magic Johnson Sport franchises. Additionally, he has started a private lending bank that specializes in giving micro loans to urban start-ups.