Former Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will be at the heart of the documentary series They Call Me Magic, which will be available starting April 22 on the Apple TV+ streaming platform.
Divided into 4 episodes, it aims to trace the life and career of this sports legend whose story is not limited to his exploits on the courts of the NBA -the North American professional basketball championship- but also in the business and community world. On March 12, Apple TV + presented the trailer for the documentary series.
Viewers will discover the incredible rise of this basketball prodigy from the small town of Lansing, Michigan, who won the NBA title 5 times with the legendary Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. 1991, the whole world is in shock when announces that he has tested positive for the HIV virus, and that he is forced to retire. However, he will participate in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with the Dream Team, before quickly returning to the courts a few years later.
They Call Me Magic also focuses on what happened after his sports career, in particular through his real estate investments in deprived areas of Los Angeles that allowed him to both become rich and help communities out of the hellish spiral of poverty. violence.
An impressive guest list
In addition to archive footage and testimony from Earvin Johnson himself, viewers will discover an impressive list of personalities who have come to speak about the impact he has had on their lives. On the NBA side, fans will recognize Larry Bird, Magic Johnson’s famous rival who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1980s, Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal or even Jerry West. Journalist Michael Wilbon will recount how he has witnessed the player’s rise to prominence over the seasons.
Barack Obama is also on screen, to talk about how Earvin Johnson’s illness announcement shocked the United States. But also how she has become a source of hope for thousands of people affected by the AIDS virus.
Rappers LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg, as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson, talk about the positive influence of the former Lakers glory on the city of Los Angeles and how their investments have helped change the face of some neighborhoods.
Lastly, the floor is given to his wife, Cookie Johnson, who accompanied him throughout his life, from his adolescence in Lansing to the present day, and to EJ Johnson, who talks about his relationship with his father, and in particular the way in which the latter reacted to the discovery of his homosexuality, and the adjustments that this required between them.