Happy 51st birthday to Magic!

Today marks the 51st birthday for Earvin “Magic” Johnson!

Magic, five-time NBA Champion and three-time MVP, first entered NBA in 1979 as a 19 year old kid, taken 1st overall from Michigan State by the Lakers and that was the day the NBA changed for the good (well good for the Lakers and the Laker fans, not so good for the other teams and their fans)

Magic (and the arrival of Captain Kareem) started the “Showtime” era, a Run ‘n Gun team where every play would finish as if it was a five on nothing fast break, with either a ridiculous pass from Magic or a ridiculous dunk. It was Magic’s court vision and uncanny ability to know where his teammates would be that made the “Showtime” Lakers a fun dynasty to remember.

It was easy for him to see the court and find open teammates when his eyes open up like his did but you’d love that moment cause thats when he sees a play coming and that signature smile of his would always put a smile on your face, cause it left the rest of the NBA frowning.

Magic will always be known as the best point-guard in the history of the NBA and no better franchise for him to have played for than the Lakers. Happy 51st birthday Magic!

  • kobefinalmvp2011

    happy B-DAY magic

  • http://youtube.com/lakersftw2010 RonRonGq

    time fly’s so fast, i remember when he turned 50

  • Robert.

    Happy B-day Magic.
    .
    Are you really going to purchase the Pistons? Does that mean you have to give up your share of the Lakers?
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    .
    The Pistons ????? OK, financial/business/family decision – so none of my business … but ………. The Pistons????

    • Joseph

      he did grow up in michigan… detroit was probably “the team” for him back in his day. so no surprise.

      and he’ll be able to comp tickets to his family in michigan all the time.

      likewise, maybe lebron will go buy out the cavs when he retires. or maybe not.

    • Robert.

      Ah yes, you’re right, Joseph. Apologies to Magic. It “does” make sense.
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      Congrats again, Magic!

  • Wilt

    This is truly a national holiday to laker fans everywhere and should be viewed as such cant wait to see him at opening night where we raise banner no. 16 just a couple feet away from his jersey on the wall of glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PEPE

    ITS MY BDAY TOO!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    Magic ran showtime,the mamamaba runs slow time.

    • 242LakerFan

      And you run on the Short Bus.

    • Showtime4eva

      Is his elbow starting to hurt yet?

    • http://Www.lakers.com jomlo

      Is Lebrinna’s behind swore from you kissing it yet?

  • 242LakerFan

    Happy belated birthday, Magic! Hope you had a great day!

  • Frelsi_(from Brazil)

    He is and I think he will always be my favorite player.

  • laker warrior

    I will never forget the night we went to the seventh veil in hollywood. Guess who walked in at 12 midnight.
    Earvin it was a wed night lakers had a home game the next day.
    He walked in sat down watched a few girls then walked over and told the manager to send up a few of the girls his way.
    The next night he got injured. What was the best player in the world at 7 veils at midnight before a home game doing there.
    Magic was the king thats why. Props to you Magic.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    nice aids story,,MAGIC is a legend on and off the court.

  • 12gage

    and your mom gave it to him

  • laker warrior

    I realize he was and is the greatest Laker,but now days what
    Tiger just went through is basically what Magic was doing,
    Did anyone know Worthy was caught in a call girl bust prior to a Houston game. Guess who was Worthys roomate.
    Magic did you realize that a man getting aids from a woman is a 1% chance in 100 . Magic was having Orgys and got freaky with a unknown carrier and the rest is history.
    I appreciate Magic as a player but let me tell you he s no angel.