'MAGIC' JOHNSON FIGURE JOINS NBA LEGENDS 2
An All-Star Lineup of Legendary Players
Friday, May 19, 2006
McFarlane Toys is proud to announce a partnership with basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson. The Hall of Fame point guard will be added to our NBA Legends 2 lineup, coming to stores this September. The scintillating lineup features six Hall of Fame members and six former NBA Champions.
EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON became a household name after leading his Michigan State team to the NCAA Championship in 1979. As an NBA rookie, he paid immediate dividends to the Lakers, leading Los Angeles to the 1980 NBA Championship while being named the MVP of the NBA Finals. Johnson was the undisputed leader of the "Showtime" Lakers, bringing five championships to Los Angeles while winning a pair of MVP awards and being named to 12 NBA All-Star teams. "Magic" was one of the key contributors on the 1992 USA Basketball "Dream Team" that won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. Johnson's tremendous contributions as a player, coach, broadcaster and ambassador of the game led to his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
CLYDE "THE GLIDE" DREXLER's standout career started turning heads as a charter member of the "Phi Slamma Jamma" basketball fraternity at the University of Houston, where he led his team to consecutive Final Four appearances in 1983 and 1984. Drexler was drafted by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, and played 13 seasons in the Rose City, taking his squad to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. In the summer of 1992, Drexler played with USA Basketball's "Dream Team," that won the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. Following a trade to his hometown Houston Rockets in 1995, he partnered with college teammate Hakeem Olajuwon to help Houston repeat as NBA Champions. Drexler is one of only three players in NBA history to amass 20,000 points, 6,000 assists and 6,000 rebounds, and his career accomplishments landed him in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
OSCAR ROBERTSON put Cincinnati on the basketball map -- leading the Bearcats to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championship game, while leading the nation in scoring in 1958, 1959 and 1960. "The Big O" co-captained the gold medal-winning USA Basketball team in the 1960 Olympics. Robertson was drafted by Cincinnati, and spent his first eleven NBA seasons as a Royal -- winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1961, averaging a triple-double in 1962, and winning the NBA MVP award in 1964. Robertson moved on to Milwaukee in 1970, and teamed with Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to deliver their first championship in 1971. "The Big O" retired in 1974, and was honored as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.
After leading West Virginia to the NCAA Final Four and being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 1959, JERRY WEST joined the Los Angeles Lakers as the second overall selection in the 1960 NBA draft. West teamed with Elgin Baylor on the floor to give the Lakers a one-two punch most teams couldn't counter. He was named to the All-Star team 14 times, and overtime-forcing 60-foot shots (like the one in Game three of the 1970 NBA Finals) earned him the nickname "Mr. Clutch." West delivered Los Angeles' first title in 1972, and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.
ISIAH THOMAS led his Indiana Hoosiers team to the 1981 NCAA Championship, while earning Tournament MVP honors as well. "Zeke" was drafted by Detroit and would spend his entire 13-year pro career as a Piston. During his career, Thomas would win the Rookie of the Year award and be named to 12 All-Star teams (while winning two All-Star MVPs). Isiah was the floor general for the "Bad Boys" Pistons teams that won back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. Thomas was named one of the NBA's "50 Greatest Players" in 1996, and took his place in the Baseketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
After turning heads as a star at Southern Illinois University, WALT "CLYDE" FRAZIER stepped up to the biggest stage in professional sports, landing in The Big Apple as a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks. Frazier was a steady and sometimes phenomenal offensive force, but his true hallmarks were running New York's offense (he led the team in assists in each of his seasons as a Knick) while shutting down the opponent's offense (Frazier was selected to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team seven straight years). When an injured Willis Reed limped onto the court in the 1973 NBA Finals, it galvanized his team -- but it was Frazier's unbeleivable performance (36 points, 19 assists and 7 rebounds) that sealed the 102-93 victory and his second NBA Championship. Frazier wrapped up his career with three seasons in Cleveland, and was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Stay tuned to McFarlane.com in the coming weeks for the initial prototype photography for NBA Legends 2 and other upcoming Sports Picks lineups.