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Springfield, Mass.; September 27, 2002

Sept. 27, 2002

Earvin ?Magic? Johnson is one of the game?s all-time greats.

Earvin ?Magic? Johnson was one of just two players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Three coaches and a team were also inducted.

After having their two careers linked through college and the pros, it was only appropriate that Larry Bird present Earvin ?Magic? Johnson for enshrinement.

During Earvin Johnson?s speech, Larry Bird and members of Johnson?s family listened from the stage.

Towards the end of his speech, Johnson smiled as he recalled the joy he got from playing.

While Earvin Johnson spoke from the podium, his old-time rival and now dear-friend Larry Bird listened on stage.

Earvin ?Magic? Johnson?s image looms high above the floor of the Springfield Civic Center on a big screen.

Members of Earvin Johnson?s family accompanied the legend on stage.

Earvin Johnson?s high school coach George Fox and his wife Theresa, Johnson?s college coach Jud Heathcote and wife Beverly and current Spartan coach Tom Izzo and wife Lupe all attended the 2002 Hall of Fame Enshrinement.

After the Enshrinement Ceremony, Jud Heathcote got a chance to talk to his former All-Big Ten player Eric Snow.

At the Overtime Celebration, Tom and Lupe Izzo posed with Jim Nantz, recipient of the 2002 electronic Curt Gowdy award and his mother.

Former Michigan State basketball coach and one of the game?s all-time great coaching minds Pete Newell was on hand to present Lute Olson.

Harlem Globetrotters owner Mannie Jackson gives his speech after the Harlem Globetrotters become just the second team inducted into the Hall of Fame.




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