Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American former professional basketball player and former head of basketball operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). Often recognized as the most outstanding point guard of all time, Johnson was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 after 13 seasons with the Lakers. The Lakers selected Johnson first overall in the 1979 NBA draft after winning high school and college titles. In his inaugural season, he won a championship and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, and he went on to win four more titles with the Lakers in the 1980s. Johnson announced his retirement in 1991 after contracting HIV, but he returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. He retired again for four years after objections from his teammates but returned in 1996, at the age of 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.