“Sicker Than Your Average”. .. The Routine Physical That Changed The League, ended showtime, and stopped weapon sales. ..

Aside from the rather insensitive title, this post actually touches on a rather serious issue.  An issue that transcended both sports and culture as well as raising awareness and concern in a time when many were in the dark.  November 7, 1991, almost 21 years ago, marked the untimely death of LA’s Showtime Era while also prematurely giving birth to a new era of awareness.  Sunday, ESPN aired a riveting account of Ervin Magic Johnson’s announcement to the world of his contraction of the then little known HIV virus.  Highlighted by a world wide press conference, this shocking announcement, spawned from a routine physical sent shockwaves through the basketball world.  A career that saw achievements ranging from a national championship in college, nine NBA finals appearances, twelve all-star games, ten all NBA first and second team nominations, an Olympic Gold Medal, five NBA championships, a selection to the NBA’s 50 greatest players, and most importantly, the birth of LA’s Showtime Era, was prematurely cut short due to these unfortunate circumstances. Ervin “Magic” Johnson possessed a unique blend of size, skill, and unmatched court vision never before seen on an NBA floor.  But these physical assets were only a close second to his off court demeanor and million dollar personality.  Magic delivered much more than measurable statistics to the game, he also delivered a swagger and exuberance never before seen, but often imitated throughout the years.  One the first professionals to garner a professional sneaker deal (Converse Weapon) as well as a host of other endorsements, Magic served as one of the pioneers of modern day professional basketball with his contributions both on and off the basketball court.

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Magic during the legendary press conference. ..

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A young Magic displaying his award winning million dollar smile after winning the Championship in 88. ..

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The iconic All Star Weapon campaign the divided a nation in two. .. It was either Bean or Tinsel Town; no ifs, &’s, or buts about it. ..

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A glimpse at Showtime!

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