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Watch the Magic Johnson retirement news conference [Video]

November 7, 2011 | 11:04 am


It seems impossible, but 20 years ago today Magic Johnson retired from the Lakers while announcing he was HIV positive.

"Because of the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers today," Johnson said in the news conference, which you can watch above.

Johnson went on to say, "I just want to make it clear, first of all, that I do not have the AIDS disease."

It was a surreal moment few people will ever forget. At the time, you didn't know how long Johnson would live.

A few years later, of course, he returned to the Lakers for a season. He also was a member of the original dream team.

Today, he is an entrepreneur and considered by many to be the greatest Laker of all time.


Magic Johnson retains optimism

Twenty years later, Johnson is living proof

Magic Johnson wishes he hadn't retired so early

-- Houston Mitchell