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A lot more than 'flu-like' symptoms

Updated: February 2, 2005, 4:04 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

They are, in case anyone had forgotten, the most ominous words in the Laker dictionary.

Flu-like symptoms.

That was the initial medical report which circulated in the fall of 1991, when the incomparable Magic Johnson missed a few games. Magic was soon seen standing behind a lectern at the famed Forum Club in Los Angeles, making his life- and league-altering retirement announcement.

I heard those words again over the past weekend, on a TV broadcast before the Lakers' victory ...

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