Magic Johnson Jacket

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Hand cut and sewn applique on Levi’s denim jacket

It was game 6 against of the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers and Kareem Abdul

Jabbar was injured and the Lakers looked doomed. “We get on the plane for Philadelphia,” Riley recalled,” and 1A is Kareem’s seat. Even when he was sick, nobody ever sat in 1A. He’d put a sign there: Don’t sit in my seat. I’m Kareem. But Magic sat in his seat and said, ‘Hey, I’m Kareem. I’m here.’”

In Philadelphia, Magic, who was point guard, played Kareem’s position at center the whole practice. “In game six,” Riley said, “the greatest game ever played by a rookie in the NBA was played by Earvin Magic Johnson. He had 42 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, 7 steals. We won 123 to 107. And he was Kareem.”

The next day the Los Angeles Times headlined the real hero of this story: ‘It’s Magic.’”