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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Post Kareem era still Magical for Lakers
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 21, 1990

In the Lakers' first season since the retirement of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson repeats as MVP, winning the award for the third time in four years. Johnson averaged 22.3 points, 11.5 assists (second in the league to John Stockton's 14.5) and 6.6 rebounds in leading Los Angeles to a league-best 63-19 record.

Veteran guard Michael Cooper, one of Magic's closest friends on the team, believes Magic deserved the award even more than he did last season.

"People looked at him taking over in Kareem's absence, or retirement, and he did everything you can ask from a player," he said. "I never look at stats when I look at great players, just their performances. His performance was the best for his team this year."

Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley finishes second in the balloting by sports journalists and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan comes in third.

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