Happy Birthday: Magic Johnson, Giorgio Chiellini, Darren Clarke

Sport360 staff 09:54 14/08/2016
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(L-R): "Magic" Johnson, Darren Clarke and Giorgio Chiellini.

They don’t call him Magic for nothing, as the former point guard was one of the most unique players to ever grace a basketball court.

Blessed with a rare combination of power forward height and a playmaker passing ability, Johnson, who turns 57 today, carved up the league with the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980s.

In 13 seasons in Hollywood, Johnson won five titles and was named Finals MVP on three occasions. He also earned the NBA’s MVP three times, was a 12-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA First Team player and was part of the Dream Team that won gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

He finished his glittering career with near triple-double averages of 19.5 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds. Johnson is an inductee in the Hall of Fame and has his No. 33 jersey retired by the Lakers.

More sports stars sharing the same birth date :

1968: Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland golfer who won his first and only major at the 2011 Open Championship. (48)

1984: Giorgio Chiellini, Italian footballer who plays for Juventus and the Italian national team. (32)

1987: Tim Tebow, American former NFL quarterback, first-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner. (29)

1989: Ander Herrera, Spanish footballer for Manchester United, playing as a midfielder. (27)

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