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Magic Johnson through the years

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Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson dribbles the ball during a game at the Forum in 1987. Widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history, Johnson won five NBA titles with the Lakers. (Rick Stewart / Getty Images)
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Earvin “Magic” Johnson speaks with his high school basketball coach George Fox while attending Everett High School in Lansing, Mich., in 1977. (Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, Jerry West
Johnson is introduced to the Los Angeles media by Lakers executive Jerry West on May 16, 1979. The Lakers announced that they had reached an agreement with Johnson and he would become the first pick in the upcoming NBA draft. (Associated Press)
Magic Johnson, Larry Bird
Magic Johnson, left, grabs a rebound in front ofBoston Celtics star Larry Bird during their first NBA meeting on Dec. 28, 1979, at the Forum. The Lakers won the game nine months after Magic’s Michigan State team defeated Bird’s Indiana State team for the NCAA title. (Associated Press)
Magic Johnson, Julius Erving
Lakers rookie Magic Johnson looks to pass while being guarded by Philadelphia 76ers star Julius Erving during Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times)
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Fans celebrate alongside Lakers rookie Magic Johnson during the team’s 1980 NBA Championship parade in Los Angeles on May 19, 1980. (Los Angeles Public Library)
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Lakers rookie Magic Johnson holds the Sport Magazine National Basketball Association’s trophy he received as Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after a ceremony in New York on May 20, 1980. (Associated Press)
Magic Johnson and Jerry Buss
MagicJohnson and Lakers owner Jerry Bussshare a laugh while at Los Angeles International Airport on May 15, 1980. (For the Times)
Magic Johnson, Jerry Buss
Lakers great Magic Johnson, center, attends a gathering with team owner Jerry Buss, right, in 1981. (© 1981 Gunther / mptvimages.com)
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With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar injured, Johnson has a game for the ages in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson played every position and recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. The Lakers won the game and captured their first NBA title since 1972. (Los Angeles Times)
Jim Brewer, Magic Johnson
Jim Brewer greets Johnson upon his return to the Lakers’ lineup on Feb. 27, 1981, at the Forum against the New Jersey Nets. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
The Larry Bird-Magic Johnson dynamic will be far different from the front office than on the court in their heyday.
The Larry Bird-Magic Johnson dynamic will be far different from the front office than on the court in their heyday. (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images)
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Magic Johnson, left, and Michael Cooper walk back to the locker room after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Houston Rockets on April 5, 1981, at the Forum. (Associated Press)
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Magic Johnson fires a no-look pass against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 1, 1985. The “Showtime” Lakers were characterized by a fast-tempo offense led by Magic’s electric passing ability. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Mitchell Wiggins, Magic Johnson
Houston Rockets guard Mitchell Wiggins tries to shoot over Lakers star Magic Johnson during a playoff game on May 10, 1986. (Jayne Kamin / Los Angeles Times)
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Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson led the Lakers to five NBA titles before his shocking retirement due to HIV. After his retirement, Johnson continued to have an active role in L.A. sports and beyond. (Tammy Lechner / Los Angeles Times)
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The Lakers’ Kurt Rambis, left, Coach Pat Riley, center, and Magic Johnson, right, celebrate with the rest of the team in the locker room after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 to win the 1985 NBA Finals. (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times)
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LOS ANGELES - JUN 11, 1985 - No one seems to be enjoying the Lakers’ championship more than Magic Johnson as he clowns with the crowd at the Forum. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
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Magic Johnson starts a fast break during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on April 3, 1985. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers star Magic Johnson dribbles the ball during a game at the Forum in 1987. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)
Winning his fourth ring
Johnson and the Lakers celebrate another NBA championship at the Forum after defeating Boston in six games in 1987. (Michael Edwards / Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, Orlando Woolridge
Lakers teammate Magic Johnson, left, and Orlando Woolridge look on during a game at the Forum in 1988. (Mike Powell / Getty Images)
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson
Lakers star Magic Johnson tries to drive past Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan during the 1991 NBA Finals. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
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At a news conference on Nov. 7, 1991, Lakers great Magic Johnson announces he has tested positive for HIV and will retire immediately after 12 seasons with the Lakers. (Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times)
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Magic Johnson waves the American flag while celebrating during the men’s basketball gold medal ceremony at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. (Susan Ragan / Associated Press)
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Magic Johnson makes his Lakers coaching debut agains the Milwaukee Bucks at the Forum on March 27, 1994. (Vince Compagnone / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers Coach MagicJohnson, center, speaks with his players during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Forum on March 29, 1994. (AP)
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Lakers great Magic Johnson speaks with reporters following a personal practice session at Loyola Marymount in January 1996. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Magic Johnson looks over his shoulder after his last practice at the Forum on Jan. 30, 1996 before his first comeback game for the Lakers. (Michael Caulfield / Associated Press)
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Magic Johnson adorns the cover of four weekly magazines after announcing in February 1996 that he plans to come out of retirement and join the Lakers. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Magic Johnson, Jerry Buss
Lakers star Magic Johnson, left, poses for a photo with team owner Jerry Buss at the Forum in April 1996. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers star Magic Johnson points to the bench after scoring during a game against the Houston Rockets in March 1996. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Del Harris, Magic Johnson
Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks with Coach Del Harris during a game at the Forum in February 1996. (Gauthier, Robert / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks with a referee during a game against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 12, 1996. (Vince Compagnone / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Bryant, Magic Johnson
Lakers star Magic Johnson, right, guards the Houston Rockets’ Mark Bryant during a game at the Forum on April 25, 1996. (Eric Draper / Associated Press)
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Magic Johnson sits down to announce his retirement during a news conference at the Forum on May 15, 1996. (Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times)
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“Up in Smoke” Tour. (L to R) Eminem, Dr. Dre, Magic Johnson, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube. Photo by: Kevin Mazur. (Kevin Mazur / Kevin Mazur)
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Magic Johnson greets his audience at the opening of his talk show, “The Magic Hour” during a taping in Los Angeles on June 8, 1998. (Michael Caulfield / Associated Press)
Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, left, shares a laugh with Lakers great Magic Johnson during a news conference in Beverly Hills in June 1999. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Basketball Hall of Fame inductees for 2002: (from left) Magic Johnson, Lute Olson, Kay Yow, Drazen Petrovic’s mother, Larry Brown and The Harlem Globetrotters. (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Lakers greats Kareem Abdul Jabbar, left, and Magic Johnson enjoy the moment following the unveiling of a statue of Johnson outside Staples Center. (Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times)
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It’s a star-studded affair as (from left) singer Kelly Rowland, rapper Nelly, actor Terrance Howard, singer Beyonce Knowles, Lakers great Magic Johnson and singer Michelle Williams pose backstage at the 2005 BET Awards in Hollywood. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper
Lakers star Kobe Bryant is greeted by former Lakers Michael Cooper, center, Magic Johnson, second right, and A.C. Green after receiving his 2009 NBA championship ring at Staples Center on Oct. 27, 2009. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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-- B581674427Z.1 LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - NOVEMBER 7, 2011: Ervin “Magic” Johnson gets emotional as he talks about the people who stood by him as Magic speaks to friends and the media at a news conference on the 20th anniversary of his departure from basketabll at Staples Center on November 7, 2011. Magic retired 20 years ago today due to contracting the HIV virus. He discussed his journey since and his foundation’s work on HIV/AIDS prevention and education and announce the launch of “Point Forward Day,” a national day of HIV/AIDS awarenes and testing in underserved communites. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times) (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers great Magic Johnson encourages mourners to flash an “L” for Lakers as he eulogizes at a memorial service for Lakers owner Jerry Buss at Nokia Theater in February 2013. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, A.C. Green
Magic Johnson is hugged by former Lakers teammate A.C. Green during a news conference at Staples Center in November 2011 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Johnson’s announcement that he had HIV. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers great Magic Johnson laughs while being introduced at Dodger Stadium as part of an ownership group that purchased the Dodgers in May 2012. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Magic Johnson, Lisa Leslie
Lakers great Magic Johnson, left, and Sparks legend Lisa Leslie pose beneath a statue of Johnson outside Staples Center while announcing the sale of the Sparks to an investment group led by Johnson and Dodgers owner Mark Walter in February 2014. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers great and Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson watches a game between the Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on May 27, 2014. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Magic Johnson and his former Lakers teammates
Lakers Coach Byron Scott, center, poses during a news conference with former Lakers teammates (from left) Jamal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and general manager Mitch Kupchak on July 29, 2014. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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