Since his debut, the press and crowds loved him. Over three decades ago today, Magic struck the NBA rocking Converse.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson debuted as a rookie on the Los Angeles Lakers. Fresh from Michigan State University, his opening night game was against the then San Diego Clippers and it was tit-for-tat until the buzzer beater sky hook from Kareem got the Lakers the win, 103-102. World B. Free scored an amazing 46 points, had five assists, and four steals in that game. Magic Johnson scored 26 points but celebrated at the end of the game like it was a Championship, jumping on and hugging Kareem who scored 29 points. Here’s the recap of Magic’s opening night.
In his thirteen years in the NBA as a player, Magic Johnson would go on to become one of the best the NBA had ever seen. He scored 17,707 points in his career, averaging 19.5 ppg, grabbed 6,559 rebounds (7.2 rpg), and had 10,141 assists (11.2 apg). Magic’s career highlights and awards are lengthy:
Earvin Johnson was undoubtedly one of the best to ever grace the hardwood and he has helped the world with his fame. Here’s to you Magic.