Earvin Johnson Jr. was born in 1959 in Lansing, Mich., into a massive lower-middle class family of 10 children headed by Earvin Johnson Sr. (far left), a longtime General Motors assembly line worker and mother who was a school custodian.

When rolling out interviewed Magic at the GM assembly plant north of Detroit where his father worked, MJ credited the patriarch with instilling him the keys to his success: “It was the work ethic,” Johnson said simply. Johnson also said his father planted in his son the “assist” mentality early on, where he made the pass an integral part of the game — and would eventually change the game. And, if the teen Earvin did not heed to that mandate, Earvin Jr. said Earvin Sr. reinforced the concept with “the belt” as a reminder to share the rock.

The seeds of Johnson’s legend were planted with that invaluable fatherly advice.

Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.

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  • Nonoyabiz

    Will and Jada have lost their minds. Little girls “playing” dress up is cool, but what they are allowing Willow to do is ridiculous. No child should have that much freedom of expression. And Willow, lest we forget, is a little girl.

    • Eervin44

      Agree, Willow is moving too, too, fast in her early age of life; She looks more depressing now sense she cut all of her hair off;  What’s the rush!   I mean what’s going inside of her head I wonder, it seems like she’s trying to find herself; She needs to slow down, she’s too young to have this color:( Beautiful little girl and very talent, it’s just she’s moving too fast…

      • http://twitter.com/VertMB Jason Brown

         Since when did hair colour equate a speed setting? It’s just hair, it’s not vindictive of your entire life.

    • http://twitter.com/VertMB Jason Brown

       No child should have that much freedom? What a dumb thing to say, being a child is all about having fun and not taking life too seriously, once you’re old you’ll regret not having more fun.

  • Jimalex

    There is absolutely no way the dyes and chemicals used on your head cannot have a health effect. I even heard from a doctor that it could cause Lupus. So Ms Smith, with the blessings of your parents….. “Live Fast, Die Young, And Make A Beautiful Corpse” 

    • http://twitter.com/VertMB Jason Brown

       To be fair subway is less less healthy and you don’t have a problem with that.

  • Designbymizzk

    She’s growing up too fast they need to get it together

  • Adrienneransom

    This child isn’t even a teen yet… this is ridiculous!!! I believe in expressing yourself but at age 10… what would she have to look forward to?

  • Jane

    i love will soooooooooooooooo much but why are they letting her do so many crazy things? she’s not even 12 yet.

  • Alaysia Nikole

    I guess you guys have all forgot that she is in the entertainment industry, which calls for you to be original and unique cause that is what sells now a day! Willow has always been known for being a very fashion forward child. I am sure that everything Willow does to her hair is with her parents consent, now tell me what 10 year old girl could possibly cut and die her hair herself?