Magic Johnson

  • Aired:  10/10/12
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NBA legend Magic Johnson discusses his love for Larry Bird's mother, respect for his rivals, and what it takes to be the world's best. (6:43)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT N.B.A. LEGEND,

PLAYED FOR THE LOS ANGELES

LAKERS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE,

AND RECEIVED COUNTLESS HONORS

FOR THAT TIME.

PLEASE WELCOME MAGIC JOHNSON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HOW ARE YOU?

I'M DOING GREAT.

>> Jon: SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> YOU HAD ME BACK THERE IN

TEARS THAT WAS SO FUNNY.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, SIR.

WE WORKED ON THAT FOR ALMOST AN

HOUR.

>> ESPECIALLY THE OBAMA

AFTERWARDS.

YOU HAD ME ON THE FLOOR ON THAT

ONE.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, SIR.

I IMAGINE HE'S BEEN ON THERE AS

WELL, RECENTLY.

>> YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

HE BETTER GET UP IN A HURRY.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE TO GET UP.

LET ME GET RID OF THE BUSINESS

FIRST.

THIS ORACLE, WHAT IS THIS A HOME

TEST, HIV?

YOU'RE ENDORSING THIS?

>> YES, BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE HIV AND

AIDS FIGHT TODAY, WE WANT TO

TEST MORE PEOPLE, AND SO A LOT

OF TIMES, PEOPLE THEN WANT TO GO

TO A DOCTOR OR TO AN HIV-AIDS

CLINIC TO GET AN HIV-AIDS TEST.

NOW THEY'VE MADE IT POSSIBLE SO

YOU CAN DO IT IN YOUR OWN HOME.

>> Jon: AN IN-HOME.

>> IN-HOME DISPL AND IT'S

SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND?

>> YES, BECAUSE DOCTORS WERE

ALREADY USING THIS.

NOW IT'S AVAILABLE TO THE

PUBLIC.

>> Jon: THERE'S A LOT OF,

OBVIOUSLY, RIVALRIES IN YOUR

BUSINESS.

ARE YOU WORRIED LARRY BIRD WILL

NOW COME OUT WITH--

( LAUGHTER )

HIV TEST, AND WE WILL TRY AND

BLOW YOUR TEST OUT OF THE WATER?

>> KNOWING LARRY, HE MIGHT.

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT I'M

SAYING.

>> SO I GOTTA WATCH OUT FOR HIM

AND MICHAEL.

MAKE SURE --

>> YOU DON'T KNOW.

MICHAEL WILL SAY, "I'VE ACTUALLY

GONE TO PEOPLE'S HOUSES

DISPEFTED THEM.

I'VE BROUGHT THE TEST TO THEM,

MUCH BETTER THAN MAGIC."

>> HE CAN PUT IT IN HIS TENNIS

SHOES.

>> Jon: THAT'S RIGHT.

>> I DEFINITELY HAVE TO WATCH

OUT FOR THAT.

>> Jon: I THINK YOU'RE

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

IT'S A GREAT THING THAT YOU'RE

DOING, AND IT'S VERY, VERY I

THINK ADMIRABLE THAT YOU

CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON COMMUNITIES

AND HELPING PEOPLE AND ALL THAT,

EVEN GIVEN YOUR SUCCESS.

>> THANK YOU, I REALLY

APPRECIATE THAT.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT AFRICAN

AMERICANS AND LATINOS NOW, THEY

MAKE UP 50% OF THE NEW CASES OF

HIV, SO I HAVE TO REALLY FOCUS

IN ON THIS BECAUSE IT'S HURTING

MY COMMUNITY IN A BIG WAY.

>> Jon: RIGHT, RIGHT. I

THINK THIS TEST NOW BEING AT

HOME WILL HELP I THINK GET AWAY

FROM THE STIGMA.

>> Jon: ABSOLUTE, AND

INFORMATION IS A KEY AND

TREATMENT IS A KEY AND IT'S A

GREAT THING.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR RIVALS

TO BECOME FRIENDLY?

YOU KNOW, I SEE NOW YOU AND

LARRY BIRD, YOU DO SHOWS

TOGETHER.

THERE'S A BROADWAY SHOW, YOU

KNOW, RALPH FRANK AND BOAB

RICHARDSON, THE FAMOUS HOME RUN.

IT TOOK THEM A LONG TIME TO SORT

OF BECOME FRIENDS.

ALI-FRAZIER NEVER QUITE PULLED

THE TRICK.

THESE GREAT RIVALRIES.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF THOSE

RELATIONSHIPS?

IS IT RESPECT?

IS THERE ANTAGONISM THAT KEEPS

PEOPLE FROM BEING ABLE TO PUT

THEIR SPORTS DERPSES ASIDE.

WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN?

>> THE REASON YOU HATE THE OTHER

GUY IS BECAUSE HE'S SO GOOD AND

YOU DO RESPECT HIM.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> SO-- AND YOU KNOW HE CAN KICK

YOUR BUTT AT ANY TIME.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT A LARGE

PART OF THE WORLD.

>> YES, YES.

( LAUGHTER ).

BOY, THAT'S A GOOD ONE.

>> Jon: THANK YOU

( APPLAUSE )

WALKA MILE IN MY SHOES.

>> EXACTLY.

I LIKE THAT.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, I

APPRECIATE THAT.

>> I THINK THAT FOR LARRY AND I,

IT WAS-- I TRULY RESPECTED THE

GUY.

HEAP KEPT ME UP, AND I HAD

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BECAUSE I KNEW

IF WE MADE ENOUGH MISTAKES, THAT

THE CELTICS AND LARRY BIRD COULD

BEAT US.

ONCE WE DID A COMEECIAL.

>> Jon: THIS WAS IN INDIAN.

WAS IT A NIKE COMMERCE?

>> IT WAS A CONVERSE COMMERCIAL.

>> Jon: CONVERSE

COMMERCIAL.

>> AND WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER

AWAY FROM THE BASKETBALL COURT.

HE TOOK ME UP TO HIS HOUSE.

HIS MOTHER MADE LURN.

HIS MOTHER FELL IN LOVE WITH ME.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER.

IT WAS A --

>> WERE YOU NERVOUS, SHE SLIDES

YOU A PLATE OF FOOD...?

>> AND I'M WATCH GLG DID YOU

SAY, "SOMEBODY GET IN HERE AND

TASTE THIS."

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING?

>> EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

I DID WANT TO PLAY THE NEXT

SEASON.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> SO IT WAS A TRIP BECAUSE WE

FINALLY START TALKING ABOUT

ABOUT EVERYTHING BUT BASKETBALL.

AND THAT HELPED US KNOW EACH

OTHER AS MEN.

NOT AS MAGIC AND LARRY GOING

HEAD TO HEAD AND BATTLING EACH

OTHER.

AND AFTERWARDS, IT MADE IT

EASIER FOR US TO BE FRIENDS.

>> Jon: WHAT REPLACES --

YOU KNOW, THAT IDEA OF

COMPETITION, AND WHEN YOU'RE--

FACE FACTS -- THE BEST IN THE

WORLD AT SOMETHING, WHICH WAS

BASKETBALL, AND YOU AND LARRY

AND YOU HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE

COMPETITION, AND THEN THAT ENDS.

YOU HAVE FOUND SOMETHING TO

REPLACE THAT FEELING?

IS THAT BUSINESS?

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU DO

THAT STILL GIVES YOU THAT JUICE,

OR IS IT THAT JUICE IS MAYBE NOT

AS IMPORTANT TO YOU AS IT WAS?

>> TO YOUR LAST POINT, IT'S NOT

AS IMPORTANT, AND YOU'LL NEVER

FIND IT.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> THERE'S NOTHING THAT DROVE ME

MORE THAN KICKING LARRY'S BUTT.

( LAUGHTER ).

I MEAN, REALLY.

>> Jon: I GET IT.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE-- I THINK

IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE BEING THE

BEST IN THE WORLD AT SOMETHING.

AND TO HAVE SOMEBODY THERE

THJING YOU AND BOTH OF YOU

PUSHING EACH OTHER.

IT REALLY WAS AN AMAZING TIME.

>> MICHAEL MISSED THAT.

YOU KNOW, LARRY AND I WERE ON

OUR DOWN YEARS.

WE WERE ACTUALLY GOING OUT WHEN

MICHAEL AND THE BULLS GOT GREAT.

AND HE DIDN'T HAVE ANYBODY TO GO

HEAD TO HEAD OR WORRY ABOUT OR

WAS SCARED OF BECAUSE THE BULLS

WERE JUST BETTER THAN EVERYBODY

ELSE.

SO THE BLESSING FOR LARRY AND I

AND THE LAKE EXPERTS CELTICS, WE

HAD EACH OTHER.

LARRY PUSHED ME TO BE GREAT.

AND I HOPE I PUSHED HIM TO BE

GREAT.

AND THAT'S WHY I WAS SO GREAT.

AND THEN HUEVERYBODY ELSE, NOT

JUST LARRY.

KAREEM, AND ROBERT PARISH, KEVIN

McKALE AND JAMES WORTHY.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

AND THAT'S WHAT MADE THAT WHOLE

RIVALRY SO GREAT.

>> Jon: I GUESS THE REAL

MESSAGE TONIGHT FROM MAGIC

JOHNSON IS FIND SOMEBODY TO

HATE.

( LAUGHTER ).

( APPLAUSE )

THE GREAT MAGIC JOHNSON.

SO NICE HAVE YOU.

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