Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. (b. August 14, 1959) is a legendary American basketball player who played in the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, as a point guard. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was named number one by the Lakers in the 1979 NBA Draft. He won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award three times, with several championships during his playing time and the first in the rookie season. In the 1980s, the Lakers won five NBA Championships. Johnson announced on November 8, 1991, that he immediately quit basketball after it was announced that he was carrying the HIV virus. However, he returned for the 1992 All-Star Game and won the All-Star MVP award for it. He quit basketball again after the protests of his fellow players. But four years later, in 1996, he returned again and played 32 games with the Lakers before retiring for the third and last time.