Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. His father was an assembler for General Motors and his mother Catherine worked as a school janitor. Johnson, one of six children was influenced at an early age by his parents’ strong work ethic.
Later that year, Magic was selected the first pick in the National Basketball Association. He won a championship at the professional level in 1980 and was named rookie of the year. In 1981, Johnson fathered a son named Andre with Melissa Mitchell. In 1991, he contracted the HIV virus and had to retire from basketball after 12 all-star years.