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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Magic Calls Quits Again

LOS ANGELES -- Magic Johnson, whose comeback after a 4 1/2-year absence began in triumph and ended in controversy, called it quits again, saying it was time to leave the National Basketball Association and return to his business interests.

"I was satisfied with my return to the NBA, although I would have hoped we [the Los Angeles Lakers] would have gone further into the playoffs,'' Johnson said in a statement issued Tuesday by his agent, Lon Rosen.

"But now I am ready to give it up. It's time to move on. I am going out on my terms, something I couldn't say when I aborted a comeback in 1992.''

Johnson, who turns 37 in August and would have been a free agent on July 1, retired just before the start of the 1991-92 season after learning he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

After considering a comeback on several occasions, Johnson finally returned to the Lakers on Jan. 29 of this year, and helped fuel a surge that led the team, then playing .500 ball, into the playoffs.

But the two-time defending NBA champion Houston Rockets eliminated the Lakers 3-1 in a best-of-5 first-round playoff series.

Johnson played in 32 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 14.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds. The Lakers won 20 of those games.

After coming back, he was hampered by a calf injury that caused him to miss some playing time. While he was dominant at times, he looked his age at other times.