By: Earvin "Magic" Johnson with William Novak
Source: Johnson, Earvin "Magic," with William Novak. My Life. New York: Random House, 1992, 224–225, 249–252, 265–267.
About the Author: Earvin Johnson Jr. (1959–) grew up in a family of ten children in Lansing, Michigan, where his standout basketball playing on his high school team earned him the nickname "Magic." Johnson led Michigan State University to a National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball title in 1979. The first draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979, Johnson led the team to five championships in the 1980s and was the highest-paid player in the NBA. On November 7, 1991, he announced that he had contracted the HIV virus, which precipitated his retirement as an NBA player. After playing for the gold-medal-winning U.S. men's basketball team at the 1992 Barcelona Summer...
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