Olympic Heroes Then and Now

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Then: During the 1992 Summer Olympics, Magic Johnson dribbled with the Dream Team (as team co-captain with Larry Bird) in the first Games to invite NBA players onto the court. The team schooled the whole world, winning all eight games by an average of 44 points. Only eight months earlier, after 13 seasons with the L.A. Lakers, Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive and retired from basketball.