The Man Who Overcame his Death Sentence. Earvin Magic Johnson

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The Man Who Overcame His Death Sentence Earvin “Magic” Johnson did not earn his nickname of “Magic” for nothing. In 13 season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers he averaged a career double-double with 19.5 points and 11.2 assists per season (The Announcement). This led his team to many championships and put Magic in talks as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Sadly this career was cut short by a terrible disease that developed in the 1980’s called HIV. This has now made him an advocate for HIV awareness and also pushed him to form organizations to help find a cure for the HIV virus. During this time in history HIV was emerging all over America and for someone of Magic’s caliber to get it shocked the whole nation. Through …show more content…
He ended up deciding that he would do the announcement via a press conference open to reporters(Weinburg). As soon as this announcement was made there were questions swirling around the media. He was not gay how could he have HIV? When would he begin dying? How much longer did the once NBA great have to live(The Announcement). These were all questions that Magic had to face in this time and he answered them all well and began to seek treatment. This was just the beginning for things for Magic to overcome, but was probably the hardest thing he ever faced with in his life and he was able to manage it like he was once again a point guard making decisions on the basketball floor. The next problem Johnson faced was supposed to be good news for the world to hear. All Magic wanted to do was get back on the basketball court and be cleared by doctors, but one thing stood in his way and this was his peers on the court. It all started when he attempted to make a comeback in the 1992 season when fellow basketball star Karl Malone stated,” They can’t tell you that you are not are risk, and you can’t tell me there isn’t one guy in the NBA that hasn’t thought about it”( Araton). This was just one of many concerns that Magic had to face from peers that would eventually pressure him to not come back for the season that year. This did not stop Magic though from

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