The Almanac

The UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 16, 2004.
By United Press International

Magic J to play in All-Star Shooting Stars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Hall of Famer Magic Johnson will participate in the Shooting Stars competition Feb. 14 in Los Angeles as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2003 with 54 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2003 with 59 to follow.
By United Press International

Magic Johnson statue planned at alma mater

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Michigan State announced Thursday the school will dedicate a statue of Magic Johnson, who led the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA title.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2003 with 93 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2003 with 97 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Thomas gets blindsided

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- I have never been a fan of Isiah Thomas (it's personal), but his firing as head coach of the NBA's Indiana Pacers is beneath disgusting.
RON COLBERT, UPI Sports Managing Editor

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2003 with 139 to follow.
By United Press International

Lincoln Mercury signs Magic Johnson

DEARBORN, Mich., July 15 (UPI) -- Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson said Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich., he agreed to a multiyear endorsement deal with Ford's Lincoln Mercury division.

Commentary: Is Jason Kidd(ing)?

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd is in the headlines again, but not for a good reason.

Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T

Washington Agenda-General

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Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Magic Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball) greets the media at the 2007 Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis 22nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner held in New York on September 17, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. 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 from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 37, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

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. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in assists per game, with an average of 11.2. Johnson was a member of the "Dream Team", the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007. His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, were well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

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