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20th anniversary of Magic Johnson's HIV announcement sparks memories

November 8, 2011 | 10:30 am

Magic Johnson and Dr. David Ho on the 20th anniversary of the Lakers legend's announcement that he had contracted HIV

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--The Times' Broderick Turner says he noticed Magic Johnson's celebratory mood during Monday's news conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Lakers star's abrupt retirement after testing positive for HIV.'s J.A. Adande credits Johnson for shattering the myths surrounding HIV.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Johnson decided to go public with the news.

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues that the NBA players union can provide an ultimatum too.

--ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that some NBA owners don't want a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that Derek Fisher has a thankless job as president of NBA Players Assn.

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler compares the NBA owners and the players union to Beavis and Butthead.'s Scott Howard-Cooper outlines Johnson's future ownership plans.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky recalls the day he heard Johnson's announcement.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky says he loved seeing Johnson involve his Lakers teammates during the ceremony.

--Fox Sports' Joe McDonnell explains how Johnson humanized the fight against HIV/AIDS.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe weighs the options the players union has during the labor negotiations.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Johnson's upbeat mood.

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan predicts that an NBA labor deal will be reached within the next 36 hours.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Steve Springer talks to various Lakers about their memories regarding Johnson's HIV announcement.

Tweet of the Day: "Thank you to all the fans across the world for 20 years of support." -- MagicJohnson (Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I remember when Magic made his announcement, and as a kid I was sure he was going to die within months afterwards. It's amazing how much our perceptions of HIV have changed after all these years." -- Jason Johnson

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Magic Johnson is introduced by his physician, Dr. David Ho, at a news conference on the 20th anniversary of the Lakers legend's announcement that he had contracted HIV. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times