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Sports Speaker Magic Johnson is a former NBA star point guard. During his thirteen year career, Johnson won five NBA titles and three NBA MVP awards. He is also the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, with 11.2. Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007.

In Johnson’s rookie year with the Los Angeles Lakers, he helped lead the Lakers to an NBA championship. Johnson had an incredible performance in Game 6, posting 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. After the championship win, Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, becoming the only rookie to win this award. In the 1981-1982 season, Johnson joined Walt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to record at least 700 points, 700 rebounds, and 700 assists in the same season. The Lakers won the 1982 NBA Finals that year with support from Johnson’s series-closing triple-double performance, and Johnson earned his second NBA Finals MVP award. In the 1983-1984 season, Johnson averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.1 assists, along with 7.3 rebounds per game.  He continued to perform at a very high level in future seasons, and the Lakers would win championships with him in 1985, 1987, and 1988. By the end of his career, Johnson had won five NBA titles, three regular-season NBA MVP awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, and was selected to the All-NBA First team 9 times.

After retiring, Sports Speaker Johnson began a campaign to raise AIDS awareness, and he received the league’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. In 1991, Johnson started the Magic Johnson Foundation, which develops programs that address the educational, health, and social needs of ethnically diverse urban communities. He has also written books entitled “32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business,” “My Life,” and “What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS.” Johnson formerly worked as an NBA commentator for TNT and a studio analyst for ESPN’s NBA Countdown. He currently runs Magic Johnson Enterprises, which consists of Magic Johnson Productions, a promotional company; Magic Johnson Theatres, a chain of movie theaters; and Magic Johnson Entertainment, a movie studio.