In a Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a stadium which will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, was Tuesday named president of basketball operations for the struggling NBA squad."Magic" was part of Lakers championship squads in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988 before retiring in 1991 after being diagnosed with the HIV virus.The Lakers returned to greatness behind superstar guard Kobe Bryant with five NBA crowns from 2000-2010 but have fallen on hard times since.Kupchak, 62, had been controlling general manager of the Lakers since 2000 . He won NBA crowns with the Lakers playing alongside Johnson in 1982 and 1985 as well as with Washington in 1978 .
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