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November 08, 1991 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 8, 1991 - Page 15

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Darrel Martin said. "I can feel it all
*9round from just looking around -
it's hit hard."
East Lansing residents felt John-
son's announcement more than other
"We're all closer to Magic
here," said Eric Gulbis, employee of
the East Lansing YMCA which
Johnson frequented during the off-
s "ason. "People ii L.A. are probably
feeling the same way we are - it
*was completely dead here."
In Ann Arbor, the feeling was
similarly somber.
"I think this is a terrible loss to

Continued from page 1
watched him and followed his
"It's devastating to us," Lakers
General Manager Jerry West said.
"It's really a tragedy," said
forward Kevin McHale of the
NBA's Boston Celtics. "I mean, the
guy has not only been such a great
player, but he's been such a great
ambassador for the game and every-
thing else."
On the floor of Congress, Rep.
Dan Burton (R-Ind.) declared that
"this just points out once again to
all ofus that the AIDS virus is
probably going to touch every sin-

gle family in the country."
"All my love and support is
with him," Elizabeth Taylor, a star
anti-AIDS crusader, said in London.
Johnson said he was looking
forward to retirement, but would
miss professional basketball. "I'll
miss the battles and the wars. Most
of what I'll miss is the camaraderie
with the guys."
He insisted that he did not feel
ill, adding: "This is not like my life
is over, because it's not. I'm going to
live long.... I can work out and do
everything a normal person can do."
Johnson has been anything but
normal in his basketball career. At
6-foot-9, Johnsonrevolutionized
the point-guard position after lead-

ing Michigan State to the NCAA
championship as a sophomore in
His 9,921 assists set the Na-
tional Basketball Association
He was the first selection in the
1979 draft and immediately estab-
lished himself as one of the league's
best players, leading the Lakers to
the leagueschampionship the fol-
lowing spring.
With center Kareem Abdul-Jab-
bar unable to play because of injury
in the sixth game of the finals
against Philadelphia, Johnson came
through with a storybook

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson, here playing in a Michigan State alumni game,
retired from the NBA yesterday after testing positive for the HIV virus.

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the sports community," LSA
sophomore Sam Schwartz said. "He
worked hard to make athletes look
Local pizzeria owner Bob Foss
agreed. "He just got married here
six weeks ago and had his reception
at the Kellogg Center," Foss said.
"It's not so much that he's a basket-
ball player, he's more of a person
and humanitarian."
However, many felt Johnson's
proclamation that he not only had
the AIDS virus, but would become a
national spokesperson for the dis-
ease, would enlighten people to the
reality of the AIDS epidemic.
"If he comes out as a spokesman,
kids will take it more seriously,"
Foss said. "You're looking at some-

one who is idolized by kids and
adults, not just for his basketball
play, but for what he does in the
community and what he speaks out
"I think awareness will proba-
bly double or triple," he added. "I
don't think they perceive him as a
gay male or a drug user. So they
know it's sex."
George Fox, Johnson's longtime
friend and prep coach at Lansing's
Everett High School, was relieved
by Johnson's positive demeanor at
the news conference.
"I was devastated - it was hard
to believe," Fox said. "But I feel
better after watching him; he con-
ducted himself so well. He is a class



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