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Painful moment, remarkable journey

20 years after his HIV announcement, Magic Johnson's impact is still strong

Updated: November 7, 2011, 2:57 PM ET
By Steve Springer | Special to ESPNLA.com

It's been 20 years.

Twenty years since Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world by announcing he was HIV positive, 20 years since he dragged a little-known condition, enveloped in fear and ignorance, into the bright light beamed by science and medicine, generating acceptance and hope, 20 years since he brought harsh reality into the wild and carefree world of Lakers Showtime, 20 years since he began the battle of his life, 20 years since he evolved from a basketball icon into a worldwide ...

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