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Did you know that Magic Johnson comes from a very large family? Do you know how tall this famous American basketball player is? Do you know which position he played for the Los Angeles Lakers? Check out our fun facts for kids below for the answers to these interesting questions.

Fun Fact 1 Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan in the United States of America. He was born on August 14th, 1959 and his zodiac sign is Leo.

Fun Fact 2 Magic Johnson is the son of Earvin Johnson Sr., a General Motors assembly worker. His mother is called Christine and she was a school custodian. Magic comes from a big family; he has nine siblings in total!

Fun Fact 3: Magic Johnson attended Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan. He continued his studies after leaving high school at Michigan state college; he was there from 1977 to 1979.

Fun Fact 4: Magic is very tall which is ideal as he is a famous American basketball player. He measures 6ft 9 inches tall! During the NBA draft, he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played point guard and wore a number 32 jersey.

Fun Fact 5: Earvin Magic Johnson played for the Los Angeles Lakers between 1979 and 1991. He retired from basketball at this point but returned again in 1994 to coach the Los Angeles Lakers and from 1996 he decided to play once again!

Fun Fact 6: Magic Johnson won the title of named NBA champion in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.

Fun Fact 7: Magic Johnson played as part of the men's USA basketball team in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games which were held in Barcelona, the team won gold.

Fun Fact 8: Magic Johnson first received the nickname 'Magic' when he was 15 years old. The name was given to him by his basketball coach at Everett High School to reflect his excellent performance and ability. The basketball coach said he had super powers.

Fun Fact 9: Magic Johnson is a devoted Christian, as were his parents, he was once heard saying, 'it is the most important thing in my life'.

Fun Fact 10: In November 1991, Earvin Magic Johnson accounted his retirement from basketball after contracting the HIV virus. His wife and son were given a clean bill of health as fortunately they had not contracted the disease from him.

Fun Fact 11: In 1981, Magic Johnson and Melissa Mitchell welcomed the birth of their first son whom they named Andre Johnson. In 1991, Magic Johnson married Earlitha Kelly and they have one son together called Earvin Johnson III, and a daughter called Elisa whom they adopted in 1995.

Fun Fact 12: Earvin Magic Johnson became the 2,180th person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Samuel L Jackson and Johnny Depp attended the presentation to witness this famous basketball player receiving his star.

Fun Fact 13: In 1996, Magic Johnson was named one of the greatest NBA players in the history of NBA. He turned from basketball to become an NBA sports broadcaster from 1992 to 1994.

Fun Fact 14: Earvin Magic Johnson has branched out from the NBA, he now owns Magic Johnson Theatres, several Starbucks franchises and some real estate holdings.

Fun Fact 15: Magic Johnson has released three books about his personal life and career, the book titles are: My Life, Magic and Magic's Touch.

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