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Sports is fun, and sports is games. But it can often be so much more than just fun and games, the toy store of the real world. Sometimes it can be the leader of society, and not just its weather vane, not the remnant Of the public’s conventional wisdom but the leader in societal change for the better.

Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the day of infamy in the NBA, the day Magic Johnson, arguably the most popular and well liked played in NBA history, announced his retirement from basketball.

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