[57][58] Early in the 1981–82 season, Johnson had a heated dispute with Westhead, who Johnson said made the Lakers "slow" and "predictable". It's true that I hated missing out on Sexton. [215][216] Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony in 1992, and described Bird as a "friend forever";[106] during Johnson's Hall of Fame ceremony, Bird formally inducted his old rival. Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. Random House. She treats her 314,000 followers to super cool snaps on a regular basis. He also held the title of team vice president. Throughout the controversy, his wife Cookie stood by him through it all, and up until today, they remain together. Magic has been completely supportive of EJ and has been completely open and honest about being a parent of a gay child. [12] His public announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 helped dispel the stereotype, still widely held at the time, that HIV was a "gay disease" that heterosexuals need not worry about; his bravery in making this announcement was widely commended. Peter Guber, who is the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, owns a small stake in the Dodgers along with Johnson. [158] In addition to these business ventures, Johnson has also created the Magic Card, a pre-paid MasterCard aimed at helping low-income people save money and participate in electronic commerce. [116] Stating that it was never his dream to coach, he chose instead to purchase a 5% share of the team in June 1994. Magic Johnson may be a basketball legend who's been crowned NBA MVP three times and, as of August 2020, had a whopping $600 million net worth – but his kids … Magic became a father in 1981 when his then-girlfriend, Melissa Mitchell, gave birth to a baby boy. For the NBA center, see, Two moments of Johnson during his tour with the All-Stars to Argentina in January 1994: (left) greeting a local player; (right) hugging soccer superstar, HIV announcement and Olympics (1991–1992), Return to the Lakers as coach and player (1994, 1996). The youngest Johnson — now 23 — recently moved to the East Coast in hopes of jump-starting a career of her very own. Johnson's half court shot at the buzzer would have won the game, but it fell short. People simply couldn’t stop talking about Andre’s fit body. #familyiseverything, A post shared by Andre Johnson (@johnsonboywonder81) on Dec 25, 2019 at 9:52pm PST. Although they were facing the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, the Lakers had home court advantage in the five-game series. [100] At the time, only a small percentage of HIV-positive American men had contracted it from heterosexual sex,[86][101] and it was initially rumored that Johnson was gay or bisexual, although he denied both. [68] Johnson that season averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.1 assists, as well as 7.3 rebounds per game. [121] On February 14, Johnson recorded the final triple-double of his career, when he scored 15 points, along with 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a victory against the Atlanta Hawks. The label, initially called Magic 32 Records, was renamed Magic Johnson Music when Johnson signed a joint venture with MCA in 2000. His favorite basketball player was Bill Russell, whom he admired more for his many championships than his athletic ability. "A Midsummer Night's Magic" eventually came under the umbrella of the Magic Johnson Foundation, which he founded in 1991. [86] Johnson later accused Isiah Thomas of spreading the rumors, a claim Thomas denied. The proceeds went to the United Negro College Fund, and Johnson held this event for twenty years, ending in 2005. They welcomed their youngest daughter Elisa to their family in 1995. [105] The game ended after he made a last-minute three-pointer, and players from both teams ran onto the court to congratulate Johnson. After a triple-double from Johnson in Game 6, the Lakers defeated the Sixers 4–2, as Johnson won his second NBA Finals MVP award. In 2013, EJ came out. [27] He was selected to the 1978–79 All-American team for his performance that season. After appearing on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills with her brother, EJ, Elisa set her sights on something bigger. He ultimately decided to attend Michigan State when coach Jud Heathcote told him he could play the point guard position. [62] During the championship series against the Sixers, Johnson averaged 16.2 points on .533 shooting, 10.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. [13] He stated that his wife Cookie and their unborn child did not have HIV, and that he would dedicate his life to "battle this deadly disease". Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland. At the age of 42, Johnson played with the All-Stars against his alma mater, Michigan State. “Thank you to all my friends family and fans for all the beautiful birthday wishes. [38] The Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals, but were unable to defeat the Houston Rockets, who advanced to the Finals in five games.