Magic Johnson chronology

September 30, 1992

May 11, 1979: Announced he will make himself available for the NBA draft.

May 16, 1979: The Los Angeles Lakers, who acquired the right to draft No. 1 when Gail Goodrich signed as a free agent with New Orleans before the 1976-77 season, announced they reached a contractual agreement with Johnson.

June 25, 1979: The Lakers selected Johnson with the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft.

Feb. 4, 1980: Became the first rookie to start an NBA All-Star Game since Elvin Hayes in 1969. Scored 12 points in a 144-136 West loss.

May 16, 1980: Starting at center in place of the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, he got 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists against Philadelphia to lead the Lakers to the title. He became the first rookie named MVP of the Finals, and the third player to win NCAA and NBA titles in consecutive seasons.

June 26, 1981: Signed a 25-year, $25 million contract with the Lakers.

June 8, 1982: Earned his second playoff MVP award after leading the Lakers past Philadelphia, 114-104, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Dec. 23, 1986: Scored a career-high 46 points in an overtime victory over Seattle.

June 14, 1987: Named Finals MVP for the third time after guiding Lakers past Boston in six games, the last a 106-93 win at the Forum.

June 21, 1988: Guided Lakers to 108-105 victory over Detroit in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as Los Angeles becomes the first

team to repeat since Boston in 1969.

April 15, 1991: Set an NBA record for career assists in a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Johnson, who needed nine assists to break Oscar Robertson's record of 9,887, got 19.

June 1991: Led the Lakers to the NBA Finals for the ninth time.

Nov. 7, 1991: Announced his retirement at age 32 after testing positive for the AIDS virus. He left ranked first in career assists with 9,921 and second in career steals with 1,698.

Nov. 15, 1991: Named by President Bush to the National #F Commission on AIDS.

Feb. 9, 1992: Won MVP honors in the NBA All-Star Game as the West beat the East, 153-113, in Orlando, Fla.

Aug. 8, 1992: Won gold medal as the U.S. basketball team beat Croatia, 117-85, at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Sept. 25, 1992: Resigned from the National Commission on AIDS.

Yesterday: Announced he will return to the Lakers and play limited schedule in the 1992-93 NBA season.

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