Five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP and three-time NBA MVP who spent his entire 13-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named to 12 NBA All-Star games and led the league in assists four times. His performance in the 1992 All-Star game following his HIV diagnosis earned him the game's MVP Award.
Upon attending Michigan State University, his main passion was to become a TV commentator.
At 6'9" he was known for his remarkable versatility, able to play every position on the court from point guard to center. His HIV diagnosis was instrumental in breaking stereotypes about HIV being a "gay disease."
He admired Michael Jordan and his basketball talent, especially after he was beaten by his Chicago Bulls in five games in the 1991 NBA Finals.