At that time, it was the right decision. If I knew what I knew today, that I could still play basketball and do my thing, I probably wouldn’t have retired in the first place. There were so many unknowns about the disease, about my immune system, I didn’t have a choice at the time. If only I knew what I know today.
But I’m a guy that doesn’t have regrets. I don’t look back. I’m happy, because I wanted to be here a long time. We made the right call at that time.”
HIV+ basketball legend Magic Johnson discusses his decision to leave the sport, at a reception on Monday for the 20th anniversary of his retirement in 1991.