On This Date 1/30/1996
After nearly five years on the sidelines, Magic Johnson returns to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. After announcing his diagnosis with HIV, Magic won the All-Star Game MVP in 1992 and played on the dream team before abandoning a comeback in 1992. Magic Johnson even briefly coach in 1994. In his first game back, Magic Johnson scores 19 points with eight rebounds and ten assists as the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 128-118 at the Great Western Forum.