Magic Johnson named Lakers coach

March 23, 1994

In a surprising move, the Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Randy Pfund last night and replaced him with former superstar Magic Johnson. He will assume his duties Sunday. Johnson, 34, who led the Lakers to five NBA championships in his 12 seasons with the team, retired in November 1991 after learning he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS. After his retirement, he made a brief comeback, including playing for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, before retiring again shortly before the 1992-93 season. The Lakers are 27-37 this season.

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