Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr., born on August 14, 1959, in Michigan, is a retired professional basketball player. As a kid, he had a passion for basketball and would start practicing as early as 7:30 a.m. He earned his world famous nickname ‘Magic’ at Everett High School after a sportswriter witnessed him compile 16 assists, 16 rebounds, and 36 points in a single game. He excelled during his freshman year in Michigan State University, helping his team clinch the Big Ten Conference title. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. He also won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award for his efforts in leading the Lakers to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. In November 1991, he announced his retirement from the Lakers after revealing that he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. EliteColumn brings you a handful of quotes by this amazing persona to motivate you.

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