On Aug. 14, 1959, basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing.
Johnson developed an obsession with basketball. In high school a local sports writer dubbed him “Magic” for his skills on the court. In 1979, he led Michigan State University to a national championship.
Johnson moved on to the National Basketball Association where his 12 seasons with the Los Angles Lakers proved that he was one of basketball’s greatest players and earned the Lakers the name “Showtime”
Picture of Magic Johnson as Los Angeles Laker.
Johnson was also called out of retirement to be a member of the 1992 Dream Team, which dominated the competition to a historic degree during the first Olympic Games in which NBA players were allowed to compete for their countries. Winning every game by an average of 44 points, Coach Chuck Daly of the Detroit didn’t bother to call a single timeout to discuss strategy, an Olympics first. In the following picture, Magic Johnson is holding the American flag.