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Magic Johnson's Story About Michael Jordan Is Going Viral

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27 Dec 1997: Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls confers with an official during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won the game, 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

Magic Johnson recently opened up about the advice Michael Jordan gave him after his return to the court from HIV.

Back in 1996, Johnson returned to the league in full-time capacity, five years after his diagnosis with HIV.

Following a game against the Bulls, Jordan pulled Johnson aside.

“Michael, after that game, he pulled me aside — I don’t think I’ve ever told anybody this,” Johnson told Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night. “He met me in between the locker rooms, and he said, ‘Earvin, you have to remember now, you’re not with Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], you’re not with James Worthy. All the guys you used to play with, Showtime, are not on that Laker team anymore. So remember, maybe you should think about retiring.”

Kimmel found the story pretty hilarious.

“What a sick person,” Kimmel said, laughing. “What a sick individual.”

Johnson, though, ended up taking Jordan's advice, retiring after the season.

“But he was right,” Johnson responded. “He was right.”