An exclusive collectible for any basketball fan, this hand-signed Converse Weapon sneakers by NBA great Magic Johnson represent the 1980s era when Converse held strong sponsorship of NBA teams and shoe sponsorship agreements.
Rob: Based on foot position alone, it appears there to be only an approximate gap of 1.5 cm between LeBron and Kuzma there. Magic likely stood a good 6’7.5″.
Magic Johnson was an iconic NBA player renowned for both on and off-court achievements. He played an instrumental role in creating one of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers dynasties ever seen with players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy as part of an elite Los Angeles Lakers roster; additionally he made sound investments that have now resulted in over $1 billion being added to his company value.
One investment decision Magic would come to regret is one described in episode six of HBO series Winning Time: Phil Knight offered him shares in their new company in exchange for his signature shoes; Magic turned it down, which could have cost him as much as $5.2 billion in stock options.
Magic wore Converse Weapon Size 15 sneakers during his 1987 NBA championship season and only a handful are known to exist today – these sneakers are autographed by Magic himself and include a Beckett Authentication Services hologram.
Magic Johnson was selected in the 1st round of the 1979 NBA Draft and soon after was approached by major shoe companies eager to outfit his size 14 feet, including Phil Knight’s fledgling brand Nike – something Johnson deeply regrets today. However, he decided against accepting their offer; something which has come back to haunt him ever since.
Magic Johnson revolutionized basketball during his 13-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and three MVP awards while setting records such as most points scored, assists and steals.
Today, Magic Johnson is synonymous with Converse sneakers; however, his relationship with them was sometimes tenuous in the early going. But ultimately it all worked out for the best: now Magic is an investor with his own footwear line and thriving business; plus he’s worth billions thanks to using lessons learned playing basketball to launch other ventures such as movie theaters and an apparel brand.
Magic Johnson was an innovative force when it came to basketball footwear. Using his influence and platform to elevate sneakers, franchises, and leagues. While his ventures may have come and gone over time, they all left an indelible mark on both basketball as a sport and its business practices.
At his peak height, Magic Johnson stood a full 6’7″. However, he appeared slightly shorter than Larry Bird who stood 6’9″.
No matter that Nike owns the Lakers, Magic Johnson still maintains an outstanding relationship with Converse he founded for $100,000 back in 1979. Since then, Converse has produced several styles named after Magic, such as Pro Leather and Weapon sneakers in various colors that come hand signed by him personally – perfect for fans and any collection of sports memorabilia alike!
Magic Johnson, best known for winning five championships with the Lakers, also holds many other accolades to his name – businessman, philanthropist and advocate of HIV/AIDS prevention.
This pair of shoes are signed by Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson and come complete with a Beckett Authentication Services hologram.
At Magic Johnson’s debut into the NBA, he became an instantaneous celebrity sneaker endorsement kingpin. Following his exploits at Michigan State and his impressive showing against Indiana State’s Larry Bird in 1979 NCAA Final, companies from across the nation vied for his services to dress him. Converse offered $100,000 cash instead of 100,000 shares valued at about $5.2 billion from Phil Knight; Magic ultimately chose Converse over any newcomers such as Nike whose shares would soon be worth their weight in gold by 2023 if taken up as offers from Phil Knight which could potentially become worthier options; ultimately choosing Converse over its offer made up by Phil Knight was key in signing him and not taking Phil Knight up on Phil Knight offer of 100,000 shares from Nike (worth about 100k cash or 100,000 shares later worth around that value). Converse opted for $100,000 cash sign up.