Pop! Basketball - NBA Los Angeles Lakers - Magic Johnson - #78

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Funko Pop #78 Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American businessperson and former professional basketball player.  Often regarded as the greatest point guard of all time, Johnson spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  After winning a national championship with Michigan State in 1979, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers, leading the team to five NBA championships during their "Showtime" era.  Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award.  After protests against his return from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, 12 All-Star games, and nine All-NBA First Team selections.  He led the league in regular season assists four times.  Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"), which won the Olympic gold medal in Barcelona.  After leaving the NBA in 1991, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that traveled around the world playing exhibition games.

Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex,  as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, broadcaster and motivational speaker.  Johnson is a former part-owner of the Lakers and was the team's president of basketball operations in the late 2010s.  He is a founding member of Guggenheim Baseball Management, managing entity of the MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, and also partly owns the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, the MLS' Los Angeles FC, and the NFL's Washington Commanders.  Johnson has won 14 total championships during his career, one in college, five as an NBA player and eight as an owner.