A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but the main attraction at the event was none other than one of the greatest basketball players ever and successful business man, Earvin “Magic” Johnson giving the keynote address. Johnson who owns over 100 Starbucks and a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers has continued his amazing success from the basketball court into the business world which has surprised no one.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a Lansing, Michigan native who not only learned the game from his parents but also the hard work ethic he has displayed for most if not all of his life. Johnson was first given the nickname magic when he was a 15 year old sophomore playing at Everett High School when he recorded a gaudy triple double. In his senior season, Johnson helped lead Everett to a state championship while averaging 28 points and 18 rebounds a game during the season. Following high school, Johnson decided to stay home to play for Michigan State rather than leave for UCLA or Indiana who both recruited Johnson heavily. During his freshman season Johnson averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists a game, quite a stat line for a freshman. The following season Johnson lead the Spartans to the NCAA Championship game against Indiana State which marked the one of the first games Johnson and Larry “Legend” Bird played against each other.
After winning the championship against Bird and Indiana State, Johnson decided to leave East Lansing to enter the 1979 NBA Draft in which he was selected with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. That same year Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar helped lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship against the Philadelphia 76ers and Julius Erving along with taking home the NBA’s rookie of the year award and NBA Finals MVP award. The championship was the first for Johnson who would win four more during his 13 years in the NBA. Johnson would help the Lakers take home another championship in 1982 against the same 76ers and took home his second NBA Finals MVP as well. In 1984 Johnson once again met Larry Bird but this time in the NBA Finals but the outcome was different than the previous season when they lost the championship to the Boston Celtics. Johnson and Jabbar carried the Lakers to the win in the series and what was Johnson’s third NBA title. Two years later Johnson had what many believe is the best season of his career when he averaged 24 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds while taking home his first regular season MVP award and another championship which required some late game heroics against, once again, the Celtics. The following season the Lakers and Johnson repeated against the Detroit Pistons and longtime friend, Isaiah Thomas. After a long battle with HIV Johnson made a comeback to the basketball when he made the 1992 US Olympic team also called the Dream Team. The team steamrolled everyone on their way to a gold medal which made Johnson one of only four players ever to win a NCAA Championship, an NBA title, and a gold medal in the Olympics. Along with his many on court successes, Johnson has become a part owner in the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and helped facilitate the purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.
A few weeks back the American Rental Association held a show that had many ARA Hall of Fame inductees in attendance but it also featured one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the NBA court in Magic Johnson. The event had another amazing turnout and gave the attendees the opportunity to get advice from not only a successful athlete but also from a highly successful business man as well.
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