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June 9, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
An injury jinx has crept up on the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers. Bill Laimbeer, who has played in 695 consecutive games for the Pistons, missed practice with a strained arch yesterday and was a questionable starter for Game 2 tonight. Magic Johnson of the Lakers also missed practice because of illness, but the team was hopeful that he would recover from the flu in time for the game. Johnson reported for the workout but returned home before it began.
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March 15, 1994 | by Phil Rosenthal, Special to the Daily News
Like the nickname "Magic," which some awestruck sportswriter pinned on him when he was just a kid, Earvin Johnson didn't want it. But he has learned to accept it and carries it with him wherever he goes. AIDS has become such a part of his life that he doesn't even think about it much anymore. What's the point? "Once you're comfortable with it, it doesn't hang over you," said Johnson, who will try his hand at interviewing celebrities in a one-hour special, "One on One with Magic Johnson," at 8 tonight on Fox. "You know, I don't think about it because I live it every day. " To see Johnson these days is to be relieved.
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July 5, 1995 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Los Angeles Lakers say they want Magic Johnson back, and the onetime NBA superstar says he may be interested. "The Lakers have asked me to return," he said in yesterday's editions of the Honolulu Advertiser. (Johnson is in Maui, Hawaii, for his annual fantasy basketball camp.) "It's nothing that's definite yet. " This is believed to be the first time the Lakers have publicly said they were considering such a move. The Lakers' great, now part-owner of the NBA team, retired twice since announcing in 1991 he has the virus that causes AIDS.
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July 14, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Magic Johnson, appointed by President Bush to the National Commission on AIDS, has threatened to resign from the panel in frustration and declared that he definitely would not endorse Bush's bid for re-election. The former Los Angeles Lakers star, who is preparing to compete in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona as part of the U.S. men's basketball team, attacked the Bush administration's response to the AIDS epidemic in an interview televised late Sunday on Cable News Network. "Every time we ask for more funding or adequate funding, we get shot down or turned down by the President," Johnson said.
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May 1, 1991 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Magic Johnson never once flashed his sparkling, uplifting smile. Instead, with his mouth clenched into a thin, fierce line, Johnson lifted his Los Angeles Laker teammates right into the second round of the NBA playoffs. Spinning like a dervish, Johnson scored 38 points and left the stunned Houston Rockets twisted on the Summit floor in agonized defeat last night. The Lakers swept the best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series, three games to none, with a 94-90 win over the Rockets.
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November 15, 1991 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
One week after basketball great Magic Johnson told the world he'd contracted the virus that causes AIDS, a frightened public yesterday continued to swamp Philadelphia's HIV testing and educational facilities. Requests for the human immunodeficiency virus test have increased dramatically during the last week. The Philadelphia AIDS Task Force's clinic usually tests about 180 people a week. Since Johnson's disclosure, 300 tests per day have been scheduled, said executive director Francis J. Stoffa Jr. The clinic now is scheduling appointments in January for the hour-long test and counseling session.
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November 13, 1991 | By PAUL MULSHINE
The Magic Johnson affair seemed guaranteed to produce some horrifyingly bad journalism. That was inevitable. But this time the media have outdone themselves in the race to throw out all the basic rules of reporting. At the initial press conference, for example, not one reporter asked Johnson or his doctor the obvious question: "Has Mr. Johnson ever engaged in homosexual sex or used intravenous drugs?" One reporter did ask Johnson how he acquired the disease. Johnson referred questions to his physician, Dr. Michael Mellman, whose reply was, "I don't believe we know at this point specifically.
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May 24, 1991 | By Mike Bruton, Inquirer Staff Writer
Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' point guard extraordinaire and movie critic, was quick to recommend some pregame cinematic entertainment for his teammates yesterday. Ghost might have been a major box-office smash, but films of that genre are not what Johnson feels the Lakers need at this point. Something in the style of Steven Seagal would be more appropriate. "We should watch some Rambo . . . shoot-'em-up," said Johnson. "Get rough! Get tough!" The Lakers, who were slapped around in their 109-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in the second game of the Western Conference finals, plan to come out tonight with their fists balled and nostrils flared.
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May 16, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
As of yesterday, Magic Johnson said he planned never to play another NBA game. But since he has come out of retirement twice before, and as recently as two weeks ago said there was no way he could end his career now, the question remains whether Johnson will change his mind again. "I know people are going to be saying, 'That Magic, he's never going to retire. . . . I'll believe it when I see it,' " Johnson said at another jammed news conference for him at the Forum outside Los Angeles.
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July 19, 1995 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Magic Johnson announced yesterday that he couldn't devote all his energy to returning to the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers and instead will concentrate on his expanding movie-theater and shopping-mall interests. In a way, it was the third retirement announcement by the three-time most valuable player in pro basketball, who first retired Nov. 7, 1991, when he said he had become infected with the AIDS virus. He rejoined the Lakers in 1992 and retired again before the season started.
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June 12, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
I AM NOT completely sure in what context to put LeBron James' efforts in the 2015 NBA Finals. I have been courtside when Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were spectacular, while leading their teams to NBA championships. I watched Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Hakeen Olajuwon dominate in the Finals. I have never seen anything like what James has done with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first three games of this series against the Golden State Warriors.
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September 27, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Oct. 30, 2013, Michael Carter-Williams torched the Miami Heat for 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steals, and 7 rebounds in his inaugural regular-season game. There's a chance that the 76ers' second-year point guard won't get a chance to duplicate the feat in his second season opener. "I don't know," coach Brett Brown said Thursday regarding Carter-Williams' availability for the start of the regular season. "But at the start of our preseason games, I expect to give Tony [Wroten] the ball" at point guard.
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June 27, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BROOKLYN - Sporting a blue 76ers hat that barely fit over his hair, Elfrid Payton sat at a dais in the bowels of the Barclays Center and responded to queries regarding the prospect of playing with Joel Embiid and how he envisioned fitting in a backcourt that includes Michael Carter-Williams. But six questions into the former Louisiana-Lafayette point guard's first news conference as a professional basketball player, a reporter broke the news - Payton, the 10th overall pick in last night's NBA draft, wouldn't be playing for the Sixers after all. More than 90 minutes later, in trotted Dario Saric, the versatile 6-10 forward from Croatia.
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May 14, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?
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May 5, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
No surprise here. Michael Carter-Williams will be named the NBA's rookie of the year this week, sources have confirmed. The 76ers point guard's receiving the award, first reported Saturday afternoon by Philly.com, will be perhaps the most obvious and anticlimactic outcome of the 2014 NBA awards season. Carter-Williams joins Allen Iverson (1996-97) as Sixers rookies of the year after posting one of the best campaigns by a first-year player in league history. It was a season in which the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder was mentioned in the same breath as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
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February 17, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - So how does one measure Michael Carter-Williams, the scintillating point guard of the struggling 76ers? He leads NBA rookies in scoring, assists, rebounds, and steals. That has led to some musing that he could be a superstar, mentioned in the same breath as legends Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Others have compared him to contemporaries Chris Paul and LeBron James. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Carter-Williams is a shining light amid the gloom that is this season's Sixers.
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January 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS FAR AS John Chaney is concerned, he and another legend, Tom Gola, will remain forever linked for something that happened over six decades ago. In 1951, La Salle High's Gola and Ben Franklin's Chaney were being honored as respective Catholic and Public League Players of the Year. They received their awards at a big-time banquet at a downtown hotel. The only problem was, Chaney didn't own a suit. So he had to wear one that belonged to his "stepdaddy," which of course was way too big for him. Chaney called it his zoot suit.
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January 28, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
TOM GOLA was, without any argument, the most accomplished college basketball player in city history. La Salle won the NIT when he was a freshman in 1952, the NCAA when he was a junior in 1954 and finished runner-up to Bill Russell's great San Francisco team when he was a senior. His death yesterday at 81 serves as a reminder of what he was on the court. It also conjures a nostalgic time from the 1950s when a sporting hero from 3rd and Lindley and Incarnation Grade School never lost sight of his roots and treated every kid who idolized him like he was one of his own. Gola was not years ahead of his time as a player.
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December 5, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
IT CERTAINLY hasn't turned into an epidemic yet, but it is a growing concern for Brett Brown and his coaching staff. Entering last night's game against the Orlando Magic, the 76ers were shooting just 70.2 percent from the free-throw line, third worst in the league. They were barely ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats (70 percent) and slightly ahead of Detroit (66.1). The Pistons have one of the all-time worst foul shooters in Andre Drummond, who had made just 17 of 53 (32.1 percent). So what to do?
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November 27, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE SIXERS just found out they have a big fan. Or is that had a fan? On Monday, President Obama stopped by Magic Johnson's mansion in Beverly Hills for a fundraising event. Apparently New Yorker editor David Remnick - who wrote a book about Obama - asked the prez how it felt to be in Magic's presence. "First of all, understand that I was a 76ers fan," Obama said. The overwhelming pro Lakers audience did what fans everywhere do: It booed. Obama, ever the politician, won back the crowd when he said, "There's nobody who is a bigger icon than Magic Johnson.
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