“We’ve got to call you something,” Fred Stabley Jr., told Earvin Johnson, Jr. The 6 foot 9 inches 15-year old sophomore Earvin Johnson, Jr. sat at his locker surrounded by his teammates after a huge victory. He had just poured in 36 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, digs out 15 assists and snagged 10 steals. Stabley had just witnessed Johnson lead the Everett High School basketball team to a 86-50 victory over Jackson Parkside. “How about Magic?”
Still sitting at his locker after the congregation of fans had dispersed, Johnson nodded in agreement with a simple, “Well, that’s OK with me, Mr. Stabley.”
It was a magical performance indeed. A quadruple-double for a high school sophomore of that magnitude is damn near unheard of. Magic left most in awe with his performances; however, some were still unconvinced or and indifferent. Even Johnson said it himself, “I didn’t think the name would stick.” But it did because he was a magician on the hardwood. Magic, in the 1977 High School Championship, finished with 34 points to lead Lansing Everett to win the Michigan Class A State title. Most impressive is the interview at the end of the game. To be in high school, at a young age and have that type of knowledge of the game is magical in itself. Listen to how Magic breaks down his basketball philosophy and his thought process behind the last shot at the end of regulation. There are just some things that just can’t be taught.
He speaks about that game as if he invented it. And he did. He invented a new magical way to play. Magic is defined as “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.” So for those of you who were indifferent or unconvinced or don’t believe in magic, watch this video and if you catch yourself captured and wide-eyed, you’re experiencing magic. You’re under the supernatural and mysterious influence of Magic Johnson.