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Magic Johnson: Always Showtime (DVD)

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Genre: Sports - Basketball / DVD released 2006-05-16 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC

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      04.02.2009 05:46
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      This review is about Magic Johnson: Always Showtime (DVD)

      About Magic Johnson

      -Full name is Earvin Johnson Jr.
      -Height is 6'9".
      -Weight is 255 lbs
      -Born August 14, 1959 in Lansing Michigan.
      -Selected 1st pick overall in the 1979 NBA Draft.
      -Is currently a philanthropist and an advocate for AIDS prevention.
      Accomplishments

      -Named as one of the fifty greatest players in NBA history in 1996.
      -Enshrined in the Basketball Hall of fame in 2002.
      -5 Time NBA World Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).
      -3 Time NBA Regular Season MVP (1997, 1989, 1990).
      -12 Time All star.
      -9 Time NBA First Team selection.
      -1 Time All NBA Second Team selection.
      -2 Time All star MVP selection (1990, 1992).
      -3 Time Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987).
      -Led Everett High School to the state championship.
      -Led Michigan State University to the NCAA championship.
      About the Documentary

      The documentary highlighted much about Magic Johnson's career and very little about his personal life. The first part was about Magic's early days as a kid practicing shooting in their house. The next part highlighted Magic Johnson's success in school in terms of basketball. Fred Stabley Jr. was so impressed by Magic Johnson's unique ability that he christened him "magic." Johnson was so successful that he was able to capture the state championship, the NCAA championship and the NBA championship in a mere four year span. The NCAA matched showcased a glimpse of the future rivalry of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

      Upon arriving in the NBA, Magic Johnson quickly made a name for himself and ran roughshod on the NBA. How do you stop a 6'9" point guard who could pass, shoot, rebound and block shots? That was the same question for Dr. Julius Erving's 76'ers. They simply could not stop Magic's onslaught and he marched his way to Finals MVP honors in his first year.

      The next part of the documentary highlighted the classic battles of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The rivalry more often than not got physical. I remember the time Kurt Rambis was clothes lined by Kevin McHale.
      After that the film shifts into Magic Johnson's AIDS story. He then comes back in the All Star game and shows the fans "vintage" Magic Johnson. He comes back to give the fans a night to remember.

      The end part shows Magic Johnson's comeback in 1996. It is only about ten minutes long. If you have another version of this material and want to buy this edition, I recommend you save your money. The comeback of Magic Johnson is the only thing new in this installation and I do not even consider that as an extra.

      The Verdict

      I appreciated the documentary because it showed Magic Johnson in the proper light. He was always this smiling, talented basketball player who could do amazing things with the ball. The documentary also highlighted his versatility as a player. He had the ability to play all five positions. He was tall and strong enough to play center, power forward and small forward. He also had the ball handling skills and shooting range to play point guard and shooting guard. He is one of the most unique talents to ever grace the basketball court. The closest I see in this generation is Lebron James.

      The quality of the film is not very high as the footage is really old. We are talking about 1980's and early 1990's here people. This however, gives the documentary a nice vintage look.
      This piece is very inspiring as well, it shows a lot about leadership. Magic was always a leader whose enthusiasm spread to his teammates and who made them better players. This is in contrast to the NBA we see today. There are so many players who ruin teams instead of making them (i.e. Stephon Marbury, Darius Miles, Jamaal Tinsley). He is also an example of a person who genuinely loves the game. He even made a comeback effort in 1995. They may have lost to the Houston Rockets in the playoffs but Magic was still brilliant.

      I recommend this documentary to anyone and everyone. It is a good piece on leadership and achievement.

      -Previously Published in Ciao

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