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  • Legendary basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. began his career in the NBA during the 1979-80 season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson would go on to become a 10-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP and part of the 1992 Olympic gold medal-winning "Dream Team" win. After a physical before the 1991–92 NBA season, Johnson discovered that he had HIV. Johnson would go on to found The Magic Johnson Foundation and become a proponent for raising awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS research. <br><br>Johnson poses for a portrait, circa 1984.
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  • Magic Johnson poses for a picture at Michigan State University in March 1979. The 19-year-old sophomore, who has already picked up All-American honors, was chosen as Big Ten Player of the Year by conference coaches.
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  • Michigan State's Magic Johnson drives past Indiana State's Carl Nicks for a basket, March 26, 1979. Johnson led the Spartans to the NCAA basketball championship with a victory over ISU by a score of 75-64. Johnson was named the MVP of the game.
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  • Magic Johnson drives to the basket for a layup against the Boston Celtics during an NBA game in Los Angeles, circa 1983.
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  • Magic Johnson celebrates in the locker room in 1987 after defeating the Boston Celtics to win another NBA championship.
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  • Magic Johnson of the Western Conference All-Stars looks to make a play against Michael Jordan of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1987 NBA All-Star Game, Feb. 8, 1987, in Seattle.
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  • Magic Johnson holds a press conference to announce his retirement from basketball after being diagnosed HIV positive, Nov. 7, 1991, in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Magic Johnson of the United States men’s Olympic basketball team poses for a portrait circa 1992 in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Magic Johnson returned to the Lakers as a coach during the 1993–94 and stayed for the 94-95 season before stepping down and purchasing a share of the Lakers. <br><br> Los Angeles Lakers head coach Magic Johnson talks with Vlade Divac #12 against the Milwaukee Bucks, March 27, 1994, at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Magic Johnson returned to the Lakers as a player for the 1995–96 NBA season before retiring permanently at the end of the season. <br><br>Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers rebounds against the Chicago Bulls circa 1996 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Magic Johnson and city and county officials cut the ribbon at the Magic Johnson Hewlett-Packard Inventor Center during the Children's Mardi-Gras Carnival event to benefit the The Magic Johnson Foundation Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program, Aug. 3, 2001, in Los Angeles.
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  • Magic Johnson (C) poses with his family (clockwise from bottom L): son Earvin Jr., son Andre, father Earvin Sr., mother Christine, wife Cookie, daughter Elisa, on his newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, June 21, 2001.
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  • Journalist Ted Koppel speaks with former basketball player Magic Johnson at a forum on HIV/AIDS on Capitol Hill, May 13, 2009, in Washington, D.C. The forum was co-sponsored by amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research) and Research!America.
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  • Magic Johnson became the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 21, 2017. He would continue in that role until his resignation on April 9, 2019.<br><Br>Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson address the crowd during Kobe's jersey retirement ceremony, Dec. 18, 2017, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
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  • Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards, attend the 2019 NBA Awards, June 24, 2019, in Santa Monica, Calif.
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  • Magic Johnson gives a thumbs up after getting a COVID-19 vaccine from Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas at the University of Southern California as a part of a vaccination awareness event, March 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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