Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/7/11
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Magic Johnson is alive. For those of us that were 11 years old 20 years ago, on the day he announced that he'd been diagnosed with HIV, this is a wonderful thing. And while we're encouraging others to discuss their own experience with Magic's disclosure two decades in both the comments section and anywhere else, his current stature given his generation-long diagnosis reminds of how things can get much, much better. Magic hasn't beaten anything. His financial status has clearly led to his own sense of physical well-being, and his positive take on all things both dear and dreadful can't help but keep him turning in the right way from day to day, but he's also made it so we think about about 97 things every time we see Magic on TV before we remember that he has been stricken with HIV. Apologies to turning it back around to me, but for a whole generation of people my age, the idea that Magic Johnson would be around and Magic-ish as ever in 2011 -- to someone that was around in 1991? It ...
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