Magic still paves the way
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In 1983, an early-morning fire hit the Philadelphia hotel where the Los Angeles Lakers were staying. A few Lakers rushed into a hallway filled with thick smoke.

The players and other frightened hotel guests followed Earvin "Magic" Johnson through the smoke to an exterior fire escape. They all climbed down several flights, but the steps ended three floors above the sidewalk. Someone had to step onto the movable ladder and ride it down.

"Go ahead, Earvin, you can...


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