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Magic Johnson to play in exhibition

Updated: November 23, 2011, 1:35 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

Add Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, former NBA All-Star Steve Smith and current Boston Celtics standout Paul Pierce to the list of players that have agreed to play in the "Obama Classic Basketball Game." Take Dwight Howard off that same list.

Howard withdrew from the game Tuesday, but did not reveal his reason. Johnson, Smith and Pierce join an already lengthy roster of participants for the Dec. 12 exhibition in Washington, D.C., which will help raise money for President Barack Obama's re-election ...

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