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Magic Johnson did thing most players just could not do on the basketball court. As a 6-foot-9 point guard he had the size of most big men but the skill and athleticism of guards. Magic Johnson was one of the best college basketball players in history as well but went on to have a remarkable NBA career. In his first 12 seasons Johnson went to 11 All-Star games, won five NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, three finals MVPs, three NBA MVPs and was a 10-time All NBA player. Johnson scored 17,707 points and had 6,559 rebounds and 10,141 assists. He averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists. His 138 triple-doubles ranks second all-time in NBA history. On November 7, 1991, Johnson publicly announced he was diagnosed with HIV and would retire immediately. He was only 32 years old still with plenty of great basketball left in him. Johnson would make a comeback, however, and played on the “Dream Team” in the 1992 Summer Olympic and played the 1995-1996 season. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 as part of the initial class.

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