When Magic announced that he had the HIV virus in 1991, the basketball world was devastated. At the time, many NBA players felt the same way Malone did, but would never say it. Mind you, Karl played with Johnson on the Dream Team during the summer, but still had some issues with rumors of Magic making a return to the league.
The Mailman was quoted as saying, "Just because he came back doesn't mean nothing to me, I'm no fan, no cheerleader. It may be good for basketball, but you have to look far beyond that. You have a lot of young men who have a long life ahead of them. The Dream Team was a concept everybody loved. But now we're back to reality." Jackass swag on a million.