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Magic Johnson Loves Watching Himself Play in ‘They Call Me Magic’ Series


  • A 4-part documentary on Magic Johnson’s life, called “They Call Me Magic,” will debut on AppleTV+ April 22.
  • Johnson met with the media to talk about the upcoming series.
  • Magic says his favorite part of the series is watching the amazing things he did with the basketball.

The life of legendary NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be featured in an upcoming Apple TV+ docuseries, “They Call Me Magic.”

The series will debut on April 22 and will have four episodes. The chapters will touch on his childhood in Lansing, Michigan, his first championship in 1980 and his soaring popularity, his HIV diagnosis, and his NBA comeback and life in business, after basketball.

On Tuesday, Magic met with the media to talk about the upcoming project, and it turns out he is just like all his fans — he loves watching Magic Johnson play basketball.

“I’m going to tell you, really, a secret,” Magic said. “I love watching the doc-series because I get to see myself play. But don’t tell nobody!”

Magic Johnson makes a no-look pass.

Magic Johnson makes a no-look pass during his time with the Showtime Lakers.

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What made Magic so fun to watch with the “Showtime Lakers” was the speed, style, and passing he brought to the game. Like most things in Magic’s life, he was able to do that because he was part business person and part entertainer.

“I always wanted to make my teammates better,” Johnson said. “I cared about passing the ball more than I cared about scoring myself. And what I wanted to do was entertain the crowd all at the same time. I just had to perfect the no-look pass and set my teammates up for an easy shot … And I loved hearing the crowd go ‘AHHHH!’ And when my teammate scored, they went ‘wow!’ And then they went to the office talking about that pass. ‘Can you believe what Magic did last night? He did a no-look pass, and we went crazy!’ I loved hearing that.”

You can see the trailer for the series here:

YouTube video

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