7. Magic Johnson:
Magic Johnson earned an honored reputation as one of the greatest point guards in basketball history. His list of accolades certainly supports that statement. He was a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning three NBA Finals MVP awards. He was also a three-time NBA regular-season MVP, leading the league in assists four times and steals twice. Johnson made 12 All-Star games and won the MVP award there twice.
However, in late 1991, Johnson announced he had tested positive for HIV. He retired immediately in one of the biggest sports stories of the year. Johnson later returned as coach of the Lakers, and eventually returned as a player in 1995-1996. But he was far from the dominant form of his early playing days and retired for good after that season. After his playing career, Johnson became an advocate for HIV research. He’s also an ultra-successful businessman. Johnson became the Lakers president of basketball operation in 2017 until stepping down amid controversy in 2019. No one can take away from Johnson’s playing career, yet it’s unfortunate health issues caused an early halt to such a great body of work.