Johnson was first called “Magic” when he was a star at Everett High School. He was given the nickname by a sports writer who had just seen the 15-year-old prepster notch 36 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists.
Jonson once said in an interview, “I practiced all day. I dribbled to the store with my right hand and back with my left. Then I slept with my basketball.”
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 is CEO of Magic Jonson Enterprises which owns radio stations, movie theaters, magazines, real estate, a cable network, a bank, a minor league and a major league baseball team, partnerships with restaurants, Sony, Aetna, Best Buy and more.
Ebony Magazine named him as one of America’s most influential black businessmen in 2009