Game changer: Magic Johnson talks Lebron James, business, and modern medicine on Hip-Hop Nation

NBA legend Magic Johnson paid a visit to Hip-Hop Nation‘s Ear Candy with Renada Romain, where he expounded on everything from the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest to his recent purchase of the L.A. Sparks. In addition, Johnson went on to talk about OraQuick, the first in-home HIV test.

As per usual, trampoline floors and players jumping in jerseys were present at this past February’s Slam Dunk Competition. Each year, NBA’s most reputable players demonstrate this specific skill in a widely televised event. However, despite his fame as one of the “best dunkers” in the NBA, The Heat’s Lebron James has yet to participate in this tradition.

“I don’t think he’s scared. I think what it is is that he’s looking for a challenge,” Johnson said. “Lebron’s the best all around player in the game.”

Johnson then went on to the importance of knowing the business side of the game.

“You cannot only excel at what you do on the court or in the arena, but also too you can excel in business,” Johnson explained. “I’m opening the door for other young business people or in college or in high school that say, ‘Hey, if Magic can do it, I can do it too.'”

Later, Johnson described OraQuick, a new in-home HIV test, as a “game changer” in modern medicine for those living with HIV and AIDS. (Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, and has since become an HIV awareness activist.)

“It’s really that simple,” said Johnson regarding OraQuick. “You take a swab in your mouth, and then in 20 minutes you get the results,” Johnson said. “What’s really unique about the test is also too they have a hotline if you find out you are HIV positive…They will give you recommendations on organizations in your area.”

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