“I grew up poor but I didn’t have poor dreams” – Magic Johnson
Every year we hear about another group of athletes filing for bankruptcy or announcing that they are “broke” after making tens of millions during their playing days. Magic Johnson on the other hand, made less than $20 million (before taxes) playing pro basketball but now has net worth of over half a billion and his Magic Johnson Enterprises is worth over a billion. The Entrepreneur and current co-owner of the Dodgers has been able to flip some great investments including selling his $10 million investment of the Lakers for $60 million and his Starbucks chains for $75 million.
With a business portfolio almost impressive as his on-the-court accomplishments, you would think Magic would own a home that would make MTV reboot MTV Cribz just to show it. Well, that’s not happening but Oprah and her underrated and no longer bleeding money network, OWN, did stop by Magic’s crib for a great personal interview with him and his wife Cookie after she visited his ridiculously awesome “man cave.”
The highlight of most NBA player’s man caves and/or cribs is their sneaker collection but honestly most of those shoes are given to them for free and the rest could be bought with the salary of 1-3 games. For others, it’s the cars in their garage that make a trip to their homes so special but again those are materialistic items that can be bought. What makes Magic’s man cave so special is all of the bling and items on display represent accomplishments in the NBA. He has a ball for every NBA and Laker record and he had Tiffany recreate the 5 NBA championships to be displayed near his 5 rings.
As for the interview, I highly recommend you watch the full special if you have the OWN network. It was interesting to hear him speak so candidly about his wife, his gay son, his lifestyle in the 80’s and cheating on Cookie. They also talked a lot about Magic the entrepreneur and didn’t waste much time on his relationship with Larry Bird.
Wouldn’t you like to have a ball representing each of these?
- Won a state title with Everett High School.
- Led Michigan State to a National title in 1979.
- Named to NBA All-Rookie Team in 1979-80.
- Twelve-time NBA All-Star: 1979-80 and 1981-92.
- Two-time All-Star Game MVP: 1989-90 and 1991-92.
- Five-time NBA champion: 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988.
- Three-time Finals MVP: 1980, 1982, and 1987.
- Three-time NBA MVP: 1986-87, 1988-89, and 1989-90.
- Nine-time All-NBA First Team: 1983-91.
- Led NBA in assists per game four times: 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, and 1986-1987.
- Led NBA in steals per game two times: 1980-81 and 1981-82.
- Ranks third all-time in NBA history with 10,141 career assists.
- Ranks first all-time in NBA history with a career 11.2 assists per game average.
- Ranks first all-time in NBA playoff history with 2,346 career assists.
- Ranks second all-time in NBA history with 138 career triple-doubles.
- Won a gold medal with the U.S. Men’s basketball team, the “Dream Team,” at the 1992 Olympic Games.
- Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
- Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.