I beg him to give me the name of the three pills. He says everyone asks, but his doctors have sworn him to silence for the sake of those who might try to use those three pills to self-medicate.
Mr. Johnson, who stepped down as point guard of the Los Angeles Lakers after making the announcement (he had a brief comeback in 1996), played on five N.B.A. championship teams, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time All-Star. The film will include new interviews as he discusses the events that led up to his news conference. Also appearing in the film are Mr. Johnson’s wife, Cookie; his fellow Lakers James Worthy and Kurt Rambis and the team’s former general manager Jerry West; and Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics forward who was his athletic rival and is an off-court friend.
Two years later Mr. George learned that his sister, Andrea Williams, had been given a diagnosis of H.I.V. Ms. Williams, who is now an AIDS activist in Brooklyn and was the inspiration for Mr. George’s HBO movie “Life Support,” appears in “The Announcement,” as does Michael Weinstein, the president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Johnson friends and confidants like Arsenio Hall are also interviewed in the documentary, as are longtime fans like Chris Rock.