44. Magic Returns to the NBA

Date: 1/30/1996

Magic shocked the league and the world with his abrupt retirement after contracting HIV in 1992. We had no idea what we'd do without him, but as time passed, it became increasingly clear he wasn't going anywhere. After giving coaching a shot in 1994, Magic realized that even at 36 years old, his talents were still best used on the court. Returning for the final 32 games of the '95-'96 season, Johnson posted impressive averages of 14, 7 & 6, but more importantly, he did something he hadn't before. He left on his own terms.