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Gary Vitti

  1. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  2. Lakers’ trainer details events leading up to Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

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    November 7, 1991 was as dark a day as we’ve seen on the American sports landscape. That was the date that Magic Johnson held a press conference to announce to the world that he had contracted the HIV virus, and as a result, would be forced to retire from the Lakers. The basketball part was…

  3. Lakers trainer: Kobe’s knee issues “can be dealt with”

    May 27, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant may only be 32 but he has put a lot of miles on his body. He has played more minutes than Magic Johnson, more than Larry Bird, and he’s right there with Michael Jordan (which includes the Wizards years we all try to forget). That has taken its toll on knees that have…

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