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Magic Johnson, here celebrating the Lakers' most recent title, turns 50 on Friday.
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NBA TV breaks out the presents for Magic's 50th birthday


Posted Aug 11 2009 8:00AM

It's been almost 18 years since Earvin Johnson Jr. announced his retirement at a somber news conference in which he revealed he had tested positive for HIV. It's been more than 13 years, after a triumphant comeback with the Lakers, since Johnson played in his final NBA game.

All this week, as Johnson approaches his 50th birthday (it's on Friday), NBA TV will celebrate the life and career of the man known simply as "Magic," an athlete who transformed the NBA, a businessman who has made successful inroads into communities where others would not go and a man who has given hope to many infected with HIV.

Here's a brief look at what NBA TV has in store this week:

Monday -- A look at Magic's rookie season (1979-80), including replays of full games in which he made his rookie debut and his first run at an NBA title in a six-game Finals against the 76ers.

Tuesday -- Repeats of the Lakers' classic Finals clinching games, including Game 7 of the 1988 Finals against the Pistons.

Wednesday -- More Hardwood Classics, this time key games in the 1987 and '88 seasons in which the Lakers won back-to-back championships.

Thursday -- The best of one of the best rivalries in NBA history: Magic vs. Larry Bird, including the 1984 matchup in Game 7 of the Finals between the Lakers and Bird's Celtics.

Friday --The best Magic Johnson games, shown in their entirety, and the premiere of a new show Magic's 50! at 6 p.m. ET.

NBA TV Celebrates a Magic Birthday
NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN
Monday, Aug. 10
6 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Clippers, 10/12/1979
8 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1/13/1980 Bird vs. Magic
10 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Sonics/Lakers, 1980 Western Conference finals, Game 5
11:30 a.m. NBA SPECIAL Finals Magic
12 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 4
2 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Sixers/Lakers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 5
3 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
5 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Clippers, 10/12/1979
7 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1/13/1980
9 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Sonics/Lakers, 1980 Western Conference finals, Game 5
10:30 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 4
12:30 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Sixers/Lakers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 5
1:30 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
3:30 a.m. NBA SPECIAL NBA Roundtable: Los Angeles Lakers
4 a.m. NBA HOME VIDEO Magic Johnson: Always Showtime
5 a.m. NBA SPECIAL The Lakers Dynasty
Tuesday, Aug. 11
6 a.m. BASKETBALLOGRAPHY Magic Johnson
6:30 a.m. NBA SPECIAL Finals Magic
7 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
9 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6
11 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Celtics/Lakers, 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6
1 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Pistons/Lakers, 1988 NBA Finals, Game 7
3 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
5 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6
7 p.m. NBA GAMETIME
8 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Celtics/Lakers, 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6
10 p.m. NBA GAMETIME
11 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Pistons/Lakers, 1988 NBA Finals, Game 7
Wednesday, Aug. 12
3 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sonics, 1987 Western Conference finals, Game 3
5 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics 1987 Finals, Game 4
7 p.m. NBA HOME VIDEO 1987 Los Angeles Lakers: Drive for Five
8 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Jazz/Lakers, 1988 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5
10 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Pistons/Lakers, 1988 NBA Finals, Game 6
12 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Pistons/Lakers, 1988 NBA Finals, Game 7
2 a.m. NBA HOME VIDEO 1988 Los Angeles Lakers: Back to Back
3 a.m. VINTAGE NBA Magic Johnson
4 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Spurs, 1983 Western Conference finals, Game 6
Thursday, Aug. 13
6 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1/13/1980 (Larry vs. Magic)
8 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Celtics/Lakers, 1984 NBA Finals, Game 4
10 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1984 NBA Finals, Game 7
12 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Celtics/Lakers, 1985 NBA Finals, Game 4
2 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6
4 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics 1987 Finals, Game 4
6 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Celtics/Lakers, 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6
8 p.m. NBA HOME VIDEO Magic Johnson: Always Showtime
9 p.m. NBA HOME VIDEO Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend
10 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics, 1/13/1980
12 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics 1987 Finals, Game 4
2 a.m. NBA HOME VIDEO Magic Johnson: Always Showtime
Friday, Aug. 14
12 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Clippers, 10/12/1979
2 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Sixers, 1980 NBA Finals, Game 6
4 p.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Celtics 1987 Finals, Game 4
6 p.m. NBA SPECIAL Magic's 50!
6:30 p.m. NBA SPECIAL NBA Roundtable: Los Angeles Lakers
7 p.m. NBA SPECIAL Magic's 50!
10:30 p.m. NBA HOME VIDEO Magic Johnson: Always Showtime
11:30 p.m. NBA SPECIAL Magic's 50!
12 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Blazers/Lakers, 1991 Western Conference finals, Game 6
2 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC 1992 NBA All-Star Game
4 a.m. HARDWOOD CLASSIC Lakers/Suns, 1984 Western Conference finals, Game 6

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