Withthe first pick in the 1979 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Lakers select Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.
Magic Johnson was born on August 14th, 1959. He was named after his Father as Earvin Johnson Jr. He was born in Lansing Michigan.
He was so passionate about the game of basketball, that his practice started as early as 7:30 in the morning. During a long and great high school game Earvin was given the nickname “Magic” by a commentator that saw him drop 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 16 assists.
After being nicknamed “Magic” he decided to take a step forward and go into the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Entering Michigan State he was 6 foot 9 inches tall and played the point guard position. His primary position should be a small forward, but he was a point guard. In college he met his lifelong rival, and his best friend, Larry Bird. The two were rivals in college, NBA, and as General Managers of successful franchises. In college Larry Bird and Magic were butting heads throughout the whole season, but in the end the better man won, when Magic beat Bird in the NCAA finals during March Madness.
After this long season the two entered the NBA draft. The rivalry did not end, and the Two prospects were going back and forth for the top pick in the NBA draft. Once again, the better man won, and Magic was the top pick in the draft by the L.A Lakers, with Bird going sixth to the Celtics. Throughout their NBA career they have battled, in the season for MVP and the NBA finals.Their rivalry is also a coincidence because because the Lakers and Celtics have been rivals since the beginning of the NBA.
It unfortunately had to come to an end, when Magic Johnson had to retire after only 12 years pro due to an HIV diagnosis. HIV was spreading around America in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and Magic Johnson was one of many, who was unfortunate enough to get the illness. He decided to open an HIV foundation to help others.
Magic does no only own and run the Magic Johnson foundation, but he also partially owns the LA Lakers, and he is also their General Manager. Magic also owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Sparks. Magic also partially runs the Los Angeles Football Club.