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Magic Johnson
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Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson (born August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan) is an American professional basketball star who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980's. Playing point guard for this team, they won five NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988). He also led Michigan State University to the NCAA title in 1979.

Johnson is probably most famous for his public announcement of November 7, 1991. He announced in a TV conference that he had contracted the virus HIV and would retire from basketball. The public announcement by a prominent celebrity shocked the nation into awareness about the AIDS epidemic and helped put the virus into the public eye.

His post-basketball business ventures include Magic Johnson Theatres, a nationwide chain of movie theaters whose complexes are primarily in urban locations. The chain is now a part of Loews Cineplex Theatres, Inc, but is operated as a separate entity.

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1992 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball - "Dream Team"
Charles Barkley | Larry Bird | Clyde Drexler | Patrick Ewing | Magic Johnson | Michael Jordan | Christian Laettner | Karl Malone | Chris Mullin | Scottie Pippen | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach Chuck Daly

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