Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson reacts after being introduced as part of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images


  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson recalls inviting Michael Jackson to watch a Lakers game live
  • Johnson shares the game has to be stopped because of Jackson's appearance at courtside
  • Both men were strongly bonded after Johnson joined the Jackson 5 on their tours

Often regarded as one of the greatest point guards to have ever graced the NBA hardwood, Earvin "Magic" Johnson remains one of the most admired and recognized players.

The top overall pick in the 1979 draft, Johnson helped carry the Los Angeles Lakers to relevancy in the 1980s after winning a total of five NBA championships while playing alongside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo as part of the "Showtime Lakers."

Johnson made basketball exciting to the casual viewer thanks to his wizardry with the ball which gave him his nickname, but it is quite easy to forget that he is also a showman off the floor.

In an interview with Variety, the flashy 6-foot-9 point guard fondly remembered his experience with The King of Pop" Michael Jackson when Johnson joined the Jackson 5 on three of their tours.

"Michael Jackson, he was such a perfectionist. You know, see him look in a mirror for two hours, working on his moves without his brothers," Johnson initially said.

Johnson then invited Jackson to come watch one of the Lakers games, then holding games at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and while the superstar recording artist had his hesitations about watching the game in peace, he still came–and was subsequently proven right.

"He (Jackson) sat down; people went crazy. They were running from upstairs, the sides. We had to stop the game to get him out," Johnson shared.

The crowd going insane for Jackson over Johnson and the Showtime Lakers–who were at the peak of their powers–would have been a sight to see for today's social media-obsessed era.

If Jackson was still alive today, the mere thought of him coming to a Lakers game and watching the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook do their thing on the court would have been unimaginable.

The star power that Jackson exuded could have literally torn the Crypto.com Arena to the ground as fans in attendance would try to do their best to get a photo or video with the legend himself.

During Jackson's memorial service at the then-named Staples Center, Johnson recalled their dining experience when the pop megastar ate a bucket of KFC.

Both men's legacies in their respective fields continue to live on to this day, and based on Johnson's stories, the pair's bond was extremely strong.

Michael Jackson
Singer Michael Jackson pictured while receiving the Diamond Award on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court in London on Nov. 15, 2006. Getty Images