Our Magic Johnson quotes portray a man who played at the top of his field. He revolutionized the position of a point guard but was so much more. He made his teammates better players.
There’s been no other player exactly like Magic Johnson. He was a big man who thrived on assists and who made Showtime work like no other offense. The Laker great was a one-of-a-kind player, and his success has carried over to his off-court ventures.
The Best Magic Johnson Sayings
- Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
- You’re the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.
- All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.
Magic Johnson Quotes on HIV
I tell you, it’s funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.
You can’t get AIDS from a hug or a handshake or a meal with a friend.
My having HIV has no bearing on my business.
When I first found out I had HIV, I had to find somebody who was living with it, who could help me understand my journey and what I was going to have to deal with day-to-day. I found out that a person named Elizabeth Frazier was living with AIDS at the time, and so I called her up, and she took a meeting with me.
I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.
Good Magic Johnson Quotes
I never think that there’s something I can’t do, whether it’s beating my opponent one on one or practicing another hour because something about my game is just not right.
They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
Magic is who I am on the basketball court. Earvin is who I am.
I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers’ duel.
Standing on that platform, I said a silent prayer. I thanked God for giving me the strength and the opportunity to come back, to play basketball again, and to be part of that whole magnificent Olympic experience. It’s a memory I will always cherish.
Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could’ve had.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you. You don’t stop. You always look over your shoulder.
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Magic Johnson on Leadership
Young people want you to be real with them.
You don’t have to be Magic to be special. You’re already special, you’re you.
Everybody on a championship team doesn’t get publicity, but everyone can say he’s a champion.
Coach’s Tip: Use these Magic Johnson quotes in team communications like emails and programs.
Quotations About Magic
The first thing I would do every morning was looking at the box scores to see what Magic did. I didn’t care about anything else.
He would be another Dwight Clark. He doesn’t have lightning speed, but he’d find the open spot because he’s Magic. And he could make all the catches.
Ronnie Lott, on if Magic played football
I don’t think there will ever be another 6’9” point guard who smiles while he humiliates you.
James Worthy, describing Lakers teammate Magic Johnson
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Mike has authored three basketball books, served as a basketball coach for 15 years, and is editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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