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Magic Johnson

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. Magic Johnson is courageous because when he came out in the NBA & told everyone he had the HIV virus no one wanted him to play because they were scared they would get the virus. He still continued to play for a while and became a very successful man. Early Years Magic's full name is Earvin Johnson, Jr. He was born
on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. As he grew up, he always had a passion for basketball. At Everett High School, his passing and ball handling earned himself his nickname "Magic." After high school, he attended Michigan State University. In his sophomore year, Michigan State won the national college basketball championship by defeating Indiana State University. He made 24 pts, and was chosen MVP. In 1979, he was drafted to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a 6 feet 9 inch point guard, and his number was 32. The Lakers went to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA championship. Accomplishments 1974-76: Michigan Class A All-State Team
1976: Michigan Class A Championship Team
1979: NCAA Championship Team
1980: NBA All-Rookie Team
1980, 1982-92: NBA All-Star Team
1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88: NBA Championship Team 1980, 1982, 1987: MVP NBA Championship
1982: All-NBA second team
1982: Citizenship Award
1983-91: All-NBA first team
1984: Schick Pivotal Player award
1984: IBM All-Around Contributions to Team Success Award
1987: Player of the Year, Sporting News
1987, 1989-90: League MVP
1990, 1992: MVP NBA All-Star Game
1992: U.S. Olympic Gold Medal
2002: ROBIE Humanitarianism Award (Jackie Robinson Foundation)
2002: Named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame How is he a moral leader? I think Magic Johnson demonstrates moral leadership because when he came out and told everyone he had the HIV virus, he showed how much protection is important and encouraged everyone that they should use it. He is a good demonstration to everyone because he also shows if you work hard enough, good things can come. Even though he had the HIV, he overcame the obstacles with having that virus and is successful. The character traits I think Magic Johnson possesses are that he is passionate and determined. I think this because even though it was hard to be in the NBA with the HIV virus he still tried his hardest, never gave up, and became a successful basketball player. What he's doing now.. What traits does he posses? "Bio. True Story." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 96-13. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/>."Encyclopedia of World Biography." Encyclopedia of World Biography. N.p., 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. <http://www.notablebiographies.com/>."ESPN NBA." RSS. ESPN, 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. <http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/index>."NBA.com, Official Site of the National Basketball Association." NBA.com. NBA, 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. <http://www.nba.com/>. Bibliography Magic continues to live with the HIV virus. Magic Johnson also created the Magic Johnson Foundation which works to make programs and help community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities. In November of 1991, Magic Johnson learned that he has HIV, and he then went into retirement from basketball. In January of 1992, he came out of retirement to play for the All-Star games. He also played in the summer olympics and was apart of the Dream Team. He later went into retirement again because he wanted to stay healthy for his family. In 1996, he came out of retirement again, but later went in retirement in May, this time was for good. In September 1991, before Johnson learned he had HIV, he married Earletha "Cookie" Kelly. They had a son in 1993 and adopted a daughter in 1995. Magic also had a son from another relationship. Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
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