Magic Johnson Career Stats
Magic Johnson: A Champion On Every Level The Big Ten profiles MSU's former basketball great as part of the conference's Black History Month celebration.
Feb. 26, 2007
Rain was pouring in sheets on the sold-out crowd at Spartan Stadium before Michigan State's high-profile football clash with Notre Dame this past September, but throngs of fans and current student-athletes gravitated toward one man on the field - a man who didn't even play football.
From the moment he stepped onto the basketball court - in any arena in life he pursued - Earvin Johnson Jr. had a remarkable charisma that surpassed the limits of race, culture, age and sport.
It was Magic.
"He's a magnet. He wants to touch everyone around him because he just exudes energy and good will, " said Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo. "He's not just from Michigan State; he's a part of Michigan State. What's neat for us to this day - and it has been 30 years almost - is that he has still kept in incredible touch with our program, our team, our university and the Big Ten."
The man who revolutionized the game of basketball before moving on to fiercer battles against AIDS and poverty, Johnson has been a champion at every level of competition.
The future Michigan State and Los Angeles Lakers star grew up with nine brothers and sisters in Lansing, Mich., where his father worked in a General Motors plant and his mother was a school custodian. For Johnson, playing basketball was natural. Throughout his childhood, he dribbled around the streets of Lansing and was often on the courts by 7:30 a.m.
When he was 15, a local sportswriter noted Johnson's uncanny ability to see plays before they developed and dubbed him "Magic." The nickname stuck, and Johnson was destined for greatness.
As a high school senior, Johnson led Everett High School to a 27-1 record and the state title while averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds. The McDonald's All-American, who was an unprecedented 6-9 for a point guard, had impeccable court vision and could have gone just about anywhere for his collegiate career. But the Lansing born-and-bred Johnson knew all along he was meant to be a Spartan.
When he joined Jud Heathcote's team at Michigan State for the 1977-78 season, Johnson became an immediate superstar. After finishing a mediocre 12-15 overall and fifth in the Big Ten the season before, the no one was prepared for the turnaround the Spartans would make - except, of course, for those in the Green and White.
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What happened to magic johnsons career?
Unfortunately, Magic Johnson's career was ended abruptly once he reported that he had contracted HIV. However, even though he contracted HIV over 20 years ago, the disease has not claimed his life has it has others. Doctor's attribute it to his healthy lifestyle.
Where does magic johnson rank among career points leaders?
With 17707 career NBA points, Earven 'Magic' Johnson ranks 66th between ABA/NBA. He is 64th in NBA.