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March 3, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The beloved mentor and his favorite student spent their final hours together holding hands on a hospital bed. Jerry Buss was entering the final stage of his life after a long battle with cancer, and he wanted to spend some of it with Magic Johnson. Buss summoned Johnson to his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last fall and, together, for five hours, they clutched each other and told stories and cried. At one point, Buss summoned two nurses to the room. Johnson was worried something was wrong until Buss ordered the three to pose for a picture.
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October 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
In the battle of Magic Johnson versus Bill Simmons, a winner has emerged - and the former Lakers star is leaving ESPN. Johnson said Thursday that he feels a "strong connection" to the sports network but that he has other priorities that will keep him from continuing in his role as an NBA analyst for the season that begins Oct. 29th.  "I love ESPN," Johnson wrote in a statement. "Unfortunately, due to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role.
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January 25, 1990 | JOE GERGEN, NEWSDAY
For basketball traditionalists, the true magic in Earvin Johnson's performance through the years has been the ability of a man that big to play so small. In an era of outsized athletes thrashing above the rim, the Lakers' point guard has excelled while keeping both feet on the ground. Only his imagination has soared. At 30, he remains the largest, tallest, strongest individual to dominate his position in NBA history.
SPORTS
April 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Leave it to TMZ to get former Lakers legend and the face of Dodgers ownership, Magic Johnson, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the record in support of gay athletes. In the wake of Johnson giving interviews in support of his gay son, Earvin Johnson III, the celebrity gossip website asked pointed questions of the basketball great. "If that ever happened, I would support them 150 percent," Johnson said when asked what he'd do if a player on the Dodgers announced that he was gay. "First of all, as an owner, you really have to support the person, you really do, and then help educate the public," Johnson added.
OPINION
July 16, 1995
The Magic Johnson Theatres complex attracted record crowds when it opened recently at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The 12-screen movie facility fills a void in the Crenshaw district, which has surprisingly few movie houses. The area's last first-run theater, the Baldwin Hills, closed in bankruptcy shortly after the Northridge earthquake of January, 1994. Earvin Johnson, the retired Laker basketball star, deserves credit for daring to seek change.
SPORTS
June 5, 2002 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Magic, there was June Bug. Before the Lakers or the Michigan State Spartans, there were the Main Street School and the Everett High Vikings. Before Pat Riley or Jud Heathcote, there were Jim Dart and George Fox. And before Hollywood or Inglewood, there was Lansing. Earvin "Magic" Johnson is expected to be elected to the basketball Hall of Fame today for his memorable career with the Lakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2002 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the basketball star whose business moves have made him a significant civic figure in South Los Angeles, said Tuesday he will play a major role in Mayor James K. Hahn's campaign against secession movements in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
December 24, 1991 | SAM FULWOOD III and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Speaking in turn, the eight teen-age boys admitted their first reaction to Magic Johnson's infection with the AIDS virus was shock. Suddenly, the world seemed less secure. "I was, like, no, that can't happen to Magic," said Francois. "He's the Magic man. A superstar. He wouldn't have HIV or AIDS or nothing. No way." Pressed to describe the depths of his feelings about Johnson, however, Francois grew more distant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991
Will the impact of Earvin Johnson's admission that he too is infected by the HIV virus be felt in the appropriations committee of Congress? It is imperative that more funding find its way to the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Science Foundation so that research can progress in finding ways of preventing, treating and curing this deadly AIDS disease. CATHERINE M. BLAGG Tujunga
SPORTS
November 8, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Earvin Johnson Jr. entered a crowded room Thursday at 3 o'clock and said: "First, let me say good late afternoon to everybody. Because of the HIV virus that I have obtained, I will have to retire from the Lakers today." He was smiling. He was the only one. Earvin Johnson Jr. then said: "I just want to make it clear, I do not have the AIDS disease." He was smiling. He was telling you the good news. He said: "My wife is fine. She's negative." He said: "Don't worry about me.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The beloved mentor and his favorite student spent their final hours together holding hands on a hospital bed. Jerry Buss was entering the final stage of his life after a long battle with cancer, and he wanted to spend some of it with Magic Johnson. Buss summoned Johnson to his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last fall and, together, for five hours, they clutched each other and told stories and cried. At one point, Buss summoned two nurses to the room. Johnson was worried something was wrong until Buss ordered the three to pose for a picture.
SPORTS
June 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Earvin Johnson is coming to the Lakers -- but it's not in the form of Magic having another front-office position with the Lakers or somehow turning back the clock to the "Showtime" era and making his third comeback. This comes in the form of newly drafted guard Darius Johnson-Odom. The former Marquette guard doesn't just have Lamar Odom's surname, his middle name is Earvin -- inspired by the original Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "That's exactly what my mom named me after," said Johnson-Odom, whom the Lakers acquired out of the No. 55 pick from the Dallas Mavericks for $500,000, as reported by The Times' Mike Breshanan.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Lakers legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson made "The Announcement," an ESPN documentary about his life with a frightening diagnosis, to remind people that HIV and AIDS are still both fatal — and preventable. "I am not cured," he says at the film's end. Director Nelson George's moving and informative film does that and more. It highlights, among other things, the wonder that was Magic Johnson as a basketball player, the après-moi madness of L.A. in 1979, the horror of the AIDS crisis, the value and valor of frankness and, perhaps most important, why, despite all the heartbreak they cause, we still need sports heroes.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Magic Johnson Theaters was a blockbuster business story in the mid-1990s, the feel-good saga of a plucky underdog's climb to the top of the heap. Since Johnson and his partner sold their ownership stake in 2004, time and circumstances have been less than kind to the cineplex at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. But new owners for the mall and new operators for the theaters have big plans to rejuvenate the venture. The undisputed success ? considered improbable by many at the time ?
BUSINESS
June 30, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced his arrival as a businessman 13 years ago, when he took part in an unusual meeting with gang leaders from the Bloods and the Crips. At the time, Johnson was building a movie theater in Baldwin Hills. Would the gang members, Johnson asked, be kind enough not to shoot it up? "I just laid it out to them that I'm building this theater for the community," Johnson, the former Lakers basketball standout, recalled from his seventh-floor office in Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides has joined forces with ex-basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and a Beverly Hills investment firm to buy and improve more than $2 billion worth of urban apartment complexes across the country. Angelides said Monday that he was chairman of the newly created Canyon-Johnson Urban Communities Fund, which will focus on acquiring and upgrading apartments in inner-city neighborhoods to create more "workforce" housing.
SPORTS
November 16, 1991
Last week during breakfast and the sports page, my second-grade daughter asked me, "Why are you crying, Daddy?" I answered, "Magic can't play basketball any more because he is sick," and she understood as if I was describing an uncle. Thank you to The Times and in particular Messrs. Downey, Heisler, Murray, Springer and Malamud for eloquently describing all of our grief and for showing us that Earvin Johnson is as unbelievably brave and noble in private as we see him in public. Farewell Magic, but not goodby.
SPORTS
September 25, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
William Carter, a member of the school board in Lansing, Mich., was reprimanded Tuesday for describing Magic Johnson as "a big, dumb black kid" during his school years. Carter said he had used Johnson as an example of how athletics can keep youngsters interested in school. He added: "I tried to make my point in a disgustingly offensive way. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2005 | Jessica Garrison and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
Mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa picked up one of the most sought-after endorsements in Los Angeles on Monday: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who credited the city councilman with having the energy "to make things happen." Johnson, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and then became a successful businessman, said he believed Villaraigosa would have more success than Mayor James K. Hahn in bringing good jobs to Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Magic, it appears, still has the magic. A fund co-founded by former Laker guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson has banked $490 million in a second round of financing for commercial developments in inner-city neighborhoods. Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund has commitments for an additional $110 million that would bring the total to $600 million by the end of April.
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