Twenty years have passed since Ervin “Magic” Johnson announced his retirement from the NBA. And now, present day he is back up on the podium once again in front of a large media group looking back at history and giving thanks to family, friends and teammates that have supported him along the way.
Johnson stated that he has always been a leader, so by creating the Magic Johnson Foundation, he would become that leader off the hardwood court. By becoming the face behind HIV, Magic has taken it to new heights by educating, informing and becoming an inspiration to many who suffer through similar circumstances.
While smiling and entertaining this audience with stories, Magic concluded his press conference by inviting up his Laker family for a group photo, which included his former coach Pat Riley. Magic gives much credit towards Riley where he told him, “you put the magic in Ervin Johnson” and that he appreciated all he did for him.
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