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Over 40 years ago, a 20-year-old rookie stepped in to replace the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a pivotal Game 6 in Philadelphia. Earvin “Magic” Johnson started at center for the opening tipoff and while he didn’t win the tip, his outstanding night became one of the greatest postseason performances ever and secured another championship for the city of Los Angeles.  Throughout the season, Los Angeles head coach Jack McKinney had primarily played the six-foot-nine rookie at point guard, despite the team already having a veteran presence at the position and many pundits’ insistence that he play at forward. Due in...

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