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ESPYS Interview Series: Magic Johnson

For the 20th ESPYS, ESPN has selected the 20 greatest sports moments of the past 20 years. At No. 2 is Magic Johnson's return to the court, after announcing he contracted HIV, in a dramatic NBA All-Star game in 1992. Johnson recently spoke with ESPN.com about that game, the ESPYS and his new role with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What do you remember from attending the ESPYS?

When I went, it was like the Oscars for athletes. It's so much fun because everybody wants to be there. Even some of the biggest entertainers want to rub elbows with athletes, so they show up too.

Take me back to the 1992 All-Star game and the intensity surrounding it.

Just playing in that game was an unbelievable feeling. The fans voted me in, and Tim Hardaway allowed me to start in his place. Commissioner David Stern allowed me to play. It was just an amazing moment for me, and I thank all those people and fans who supported me.

When the game actually started, there were so many question marks about how I would play, what would happen in terms of how the players would play against me. The game was great, and I was playing well. Right at the end, I hit three 3-pointers in a row. With a little time left on the clock at the end of the game, all the players came on the court to hug me and high-five me. That was the greatest moment of my life because I felt that I belonged again. I was finally back with my NBA family. It was therapy for me after having to deal with the news that I had contracted HIV. It helped me to go on to do great things in the future.