Magic Johnson honored at Carousel of Hope Ball


magic-johnsonNBA legend Magic Johnson visited the biannual black-tie gala Carousel of Hope Ball, which raises funds for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Johnson arrived at the event along with this family, according to LA Times. The event was hosted by famous American philanthropist Barbara Davis.

Johnson’s long-time teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was also present, and he delivered a speech, recognizing Magic’s humanitarian efforts.

Abdul-Jabbar described his ex-teammate as an extraordinary athlete, extraordinary human being and a proven leader.

“You know that smile, the one that can light up a room, brighten an arena and illuminate the world,” he said.

Johnson, in turn, recounted his first experience with the Davis family, many years ago when he cold-called the event chair’s late husband. He hoped, he said, to get business tips from Marvin Davis, the former owner of 20th Century Fox.

“I said, ‘Marvin, can I take you to lunch?’ and he said, ‘No, but I’ll take you to lunch,’ ” Johnson recalled, before going on to praise Barbara Davis for raising millions of dollars to help people lead long, healthy lives.

The gala attracted nearly 1,000 guests, among which were famous musicians (Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, songwriter Diane Warren and Motown founder Berry Gordy), and actors (Jon Lovitz, Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Joan Collins).

Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.

Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.

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