Magic Johnson



Magic, Bird Rekindle Old Lakers vs. Celtics Rivalry Magic, Bird Rekindle Old Lakers vs. Celtics Rivalry
Hall-of-Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird sat down to discuss the glory days of the League’s oldest rivalry and to dissect the 2008 retro-look NBA Finals.

Lakers Reunite for Magic Lakers Reunite for Magic
Magic Johnson has always attracted a crowd. And at Monday afternoon's press conference at Staples Center in commemoration of his Nov. 7, 1991, announcement that he'd contracted the HIV virus, things were no different.

The Trainer's Take - July 8th, 2011 The Trainer's Take - July 8th, 2011
Few people around the NBA know Magic Johnson better than long-time head athletic trainer of the Lakers Gary Vitti, who joined us to detail his relationship with Earvin, share stories about locker room and airport pranks among Magic and the Showtime Lakers, explain why he’d take Johnson over Michael Jordan if he were starting a team and more.

November 7, 1991 November 7, 1991
Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti, who has been close to Magic since first meeting him at Lakers training camp in advance of the 1984 season, was one of only seven people to first hear the news that no one else would know for a two-week period. At the time, contracting HIV was thought to be a death sentence.

Magic Johnson 20 Years Later Magic Johnson 20 Years Later
Exactly 20 years ago to this day, Magic Johnson announced to the world that he had contracted the HIV virus in an emotional press conference at the Great Western Forum. The moment on Nov. 7, 1991, was so somber, so difficult for all.

The Men who Led the Lakers: Partial Seasons The Men who Led the Lakers: Partial Seasons
When the 1993-94 Lakers faltered to the tune of a 27-37 record, coach Randy Pfund was fired by GM Jerry West and replaced by hall-of-famer Magic Johnson.

Magic Johnson Tops 'Athlete Business' Endorsement Survey Magic Johnson Tops 'Athlete Business' Endorsement Survey
When the 1993-94 Lakers faltered to the tune of a 27-37 record, coach Randy Pfund was fired by GM Jerry West and replaced by Magic Johnson.