NAMED: As the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the third time, by a media panel, EARVIN ( MAGIC) JOHNSON, 30, who averaged 22.3 points and 11.5 assists per game and had 11 triple-doubles in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the league's best record during the regular season. Philadelphia forward Charles Barkley finished second in the voting, 22 points behind Johnson.
As coach of the Atlanta Hawks, BOB WEISS, 48, who had a 59-105 record as coach of the San Antonio Spurs for two seasons (1986-87 and '87-88). As coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, MIKE SCHULER, 49, who had a 127-84 record as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from May 1986 to February '89.
DIED: Former middleweight boxing champion ROCKY GRAZIANO, 67; of heart failure; in New York City.
Robert (Pappy) Gault, 68, in 1968 the first black coach of the U.S. Olympic boxing team; of a ruptured ulcer following a heart attack; in Los Angeles.
NCAA basketball rules committee editor ED STEITZ, 69, the man who brought the three-point shot to the college game; of complications following a heart attack; in East Longmeadow, Mass.
Charlie Keller, 73, a baseball player with the New York Yankees (1939-49) and the Detroit Tigers (1950-51), who was given the nickname King Kong for his mammoth home runs, and subsequently one of the nation's leading breeders of standardbreds; of cancer; in Frederick, Md.
Augie Donatelli, 76, a former National League umpire (1950-73) who founded the Major League Umpires Association; of natural causes; in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tenniswear designer and majordomo of the women's game, TED TINLING, 79; of a respiratory ailment; in Cambridge, England.