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Magic Johnson
  • Authored by: David Aretha
  • From the Series: Black Americans of Achievement: Legacy Edition
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604136847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-684-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 08/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 796
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 120

Summary

Born Earvin Johnson, "Magic" Johnson earned his nickname with his dynamic basketball skills and charismatic leadership. Considered by many to be the greatest point guard in NBA history, Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships. His spectacular play inspired additions to the basketball lexicon that soon became household words: "winning time," "triple-double," and "three-peat." After being diagnosed with HIV in 1991, Johnson has kept the disease in check while becoming a successful businessman. His efforts to develop impoverished communities and improve the lives of young people have only enhanced his universal appeal. Read about his remarkable life as an athlete, his contributions, his legacy, and his influence on later generations in Magic Johnson: Athlete.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Further reading and Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

David Aretha grew up in Michigan, where he watched Magic Johnson defeat his high school's basketball team at the 1977 state championship game. Aretha has written and edited dozens of sports books.

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