Still stunning the world 10 years later

Magic Johnson isn't supposed to be alive today. It turns out that the death sentence he was given a decade ago has given him a renewed lease on life.

Originally Published: November 7, 2001
By Tom Friend | ESPN The Magazine

He has made it to 42. He has made it to 260 pounds. He has made it to CEO. He has made it to father-of-three. He has made it to big-brother-of-Kobe. He has made it to seven rings. He has made it to 10 years.

"A lot of people thought I would be dead," Earvin "Magic" Johnson says of his anniversary.

They thought he had the plague, but today he has a pickup basketball game to play. They treated him like a leper, but today they watch movies in his theatre. They thought he would whither ...

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