NBA All-Star Game: Looking back at the Magic that took place in 1992

NBA Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
NBA Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Before the 2020 edition, we look back at the 1992 NBA All-Star Game in which Magic Johnson stars on the greatest stage

During the 1991-92 NBA season, one of the league’s most beloved and talented full of life NBA players came forward to inform his team (Los Angeles Lakers), the world and the NBA that he had been diagnosed with the HIV virus.

Several months later, with the shock of the news still very much taking a stranglehold on the headlines and news surrounding not only the league but the world, he was given the go-ahead to play on more Magical game (before returning in 1996). It was a moment that would create memories that would last a lifetime.

While Tim Hardaway was selected as an All-Star starter, he was selfless enough to allow Magic Johnson to start in front of him for the event. Now, the stage was set for something special to take place.

For a single moment in time, all felt right again. Magic was back on the floor, hypnotizing the audience as if he had never left. There were several fond moments, highlighted by Magic going 1-on-1 with one of his best friends, Isiah Thomas. Then, with Michael Jordan.

Magic didn’t just put on a show, but he played brilliantly. He finished with 25 points and nine assists. In one sequence, Magic threw a no-look dime to David Robinson and then hit two 3-pointers in a row that left the crowd wanting more.

And then there was the one-handed bullet pass right through the crowd of defenders to a streaking Dan Majerle, right under the basket for an easy layup. If this wasn’t the way for Magic to go out, I’m not sure what could’ve topped this (other than retiring after winning an NBA Championship).

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While the circumstance certainly wasn’t an ideal one, it was one of the most memorable NBA All-Star Games in history. Magic Johnson going out on top at the 1992 NBA All-Star Game is something many fans will never forget.