This is limited edition "#32 The Magic Is Back" 32/996 autographed photo on Walnut plaque signed by Earvin "Magic" Johnson. In 1995 Johnson got involved in another business venture, opening a chain of movie theaters in minority neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, an enterprise he later took to other cities.. He also continued to entertain fans around the world when he took his barnstorming basketball team (made up of former college and NBA players) to the Far East and Australia. But he wasn't through with the NBA. After sitting out 4 1/2 seasons he made a comeback late in the 1995-96 campaign, playing the final 32 games of the regular season for the Lakers. By then he had bulked up to 255 pounds, and did as much of his playing at power forward as he did at guard.
After the Lakers were ousted by Houston in the First Round of the 1996 playoffs, Johnson retired once again. In his 13 NBA seasons Johnson compiled 17,707 points (19.5 ppg), 6,559 rebounds (7.2 rpg) and 10,141 assists (11.2 apg) in addition to 1,724 steals, good for ninth place on the all-time list. He also holds the top marks for most All-Star Game assists (127) and three-point baskets (10). In 1996-97, Johnson was selected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and it's only a matter of time until he is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Was he the best player of his day? Another all-time great thinks so. "Magic is head-and-shoulders above everybody else," Larry Bird once observed in the Chicago Sun-Times. "I've never seen [anybody] as good as him."