Celtics selected for Magic-al day

January 14, 1992|By Orange County Register XxB

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Magic Johnson's No. 32 jersey at halftime of their Feb. 16 game at The Forum against the Boston Celtics. Since Johnson announced his retirement Nov. 7 after testing positive for AIDS-causing HIV, the question has been not if, but when, the jersey would be retired.

NBC will televise the game and also air the special halftime ceremony. The date was chosen by Johnson and the Lakers, as was the decision to have his number retired now. One of Johnson's best friends in the league is Boston's Larry Bird.

Johnson will become the fifth player in Lakers history to have his jersey retired. The others are Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) and Jerry West (44).

Johnson retired as the NBA's all-time assist leader with 9,921. He was voted the league's MVP three times (1987, '89, '90).

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