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

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.

--ESPN.com'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.

--NBA.com'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

 
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