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It's Magic Time Now; Jordan's Day Will Come

April 25, 1987

I think it's about time that Magic Johnson is recognized for his total ability in all facets of the game of basketball. He is the leader, playmaker, innovator, the spark that lights the fire.

You'll remember that the Lakers were dying when he joined them. In Magic's first game as a Laker, Kareem threw in a last-second winning basket. Magic dashed over to him and, in all of his college-boy exuberance, threw his arms around his neck. There was first a look of surprise and then a big smile on Kareem's face. And soon the whole team was on its way to winnin' time. I think Magic has been overlooked for far too long!

MARIE HATTEN

Van Nuys

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