Magic Johnson

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson (b. 1959) is a retired professional basketball player. He played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Johnson played college basketball at Michigan State University in 1978 and 1979. He was a first choice NBA draft pick after his sophomore year by the Lakers. Prior to the 1991-1992 NBA season, Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive,[1] and that he would immediately retire. Johnson was on the US Olympics basketball team in the 1992 summer Olympics, but was suffering from a knee problem and played relatively few minutes. In 1996 Johnson returned to the Lakers, and played in 32 games near the end of the season, a move that bothered some players since Johnson was still HIV positive and basketball is a very physical sport. Johnson was enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame in 2002. [2] In retirement, Johnson has become an HIV activist, establishing the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV.

  1. "Johnson ... believes he got the AIDS virus by having unprotected sex with women." [1]