There are some stars that are so great and so popular that regular birth names just aren’t good enough. Roland Bailey’s mother had the foresight to nickname him “Champ” when he was young because she may have know he was going to be one of the greatest NFL cornerbacks ever. But Earvin Johnson? What’s an Earvin? That certainly doesn’t sound like a basketball player. A backup basketball announcer, maybe, but definitely not a ball player. But Magic Johnson? You can’t have that nickname and not be something special.
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