When Magic defied tragic, 20 years later

Superstar's HIV announcement was 'biggest press conference in the history of sports'

Originally Published: November 6, 2011
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Before he burst through those curtains in that dark suit and made the whole world freeze for a few spins, Magic Johnson had to be cornered by his agent for one important reminder.

Before he stepped up to the Great Western Forum microphone to give the sporting universe its very own Kennedy Moment, Magic startled Lon Rosen by telling him he was about to inform a global TV audience that he had the AIDS virus.

"In the heat of the moment, you had to remind him that ...

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