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jeffb 10-10-2013 07:09 PM

Magic leaves ESPN
 
Report: Magic Johnson Leaving ESPN Because Of Bill Simmons CBS Chicago

Quote:

Three weeks before the start of the NBA season, Magic Johnson abruptly announced he will be leaving ESPN’s NBA Countdown.

But why the sudden change of heart?

Deadspin cites ESPN sources who claim Johnson is less-than-thrilled with Bill Simmons’ role in the show expanding, while Michael Wilbon’s role decreases.



Deadspin’s sources report Johnson was “privately seething over the Wilbon thing and in general did not like that Simmons held all the power and influence.”

“The bottom line is they turned that show over to Simmons,” said Deadspin’s source. “That’s why Doug Collins got hired and why Wilbon was out.”


'trane 10-10-2013 07:50 PM

woohoo. magic blows as an analyst and tv personality. so does simmons, though.

Acie 10-10-2013 07:52 PM

Werd.

My favourite player of all time, but not my favourite analyst of all time.

Don Vito 10-10-2013 11:22 PM

Never liked him as an analyst

Beans 10-11-2013 12:20 AM

Magic was brutal as a commentator. His comments were always something like: "let the stars be the stars".

Nites 10-11-2013 12:31 AM

Bill Simmons sucks as well

Nites 10-11-2013 12:32 AM

Bring back Wilbon and Stephen A Smith

Someguy again 10-11-2013 12:36 AM

get Mr. T

thought 10-11-2013 01:21 AM

there were a couple things about magic that i didn't like

1) terrible analyst. "these guys are basketball players, they just need to play basketball."

2) all the other guys on the panel constantly sucking his hall of fame dick.

i may be in the minority here but i love jalen as an analyst. you take the good with the bad but i find him entertaining and he's more thoughtful than people give him credit for.

Toby 10-11-2013 02:16 AM

Magic was done sittin' next to a Celtics fan.

INSIDER 10-11-2013 08:43 AM

Whatever. I'm surprised Simmons was getting 'all the power' because he's not very good.
Bring back Walton!!!

LX 10-11-2013 10:38 AM

The thing I disliked about Magic was how he acted as a recruiting arm for the Lakers. I loved how his idea of trading for Howard, backed by his own lobbying on air, came to fruition only to monumentally fail.

LX 10-11-2013 11:02 AM

Simmons tweeted last night that Magic will join him on his podcast next week, and that there is no rift. I suspect Magic just doesn't want to go through another season of embarrassment.

It's amazing to me that a network comprised almost exclusively of pundits cannot put together a panel worth watching. Get LeBatard and his dad in there. And maybe Simmons' dad as well. Hell, if they could score Jalen's dad you'd really have something there.

Raptorman 10-11-2013 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thought (Post 821284)
there were a couple things about magic that i didn't like

1) terrible analyst. "these guys are basketball players, they just need to play basketball."

2) all the other guys on the panel constantly sucking his hall of fame dick.

i may be in the minority here but i love jalen as an analyst. you take the good with the bad but i find him entertaining and he's more thoughtful than people give him credit for.

THIS!! ^^^^

Gotta say I like Jalens chat as well. His play here was brutal.

rapsmannn 10-13-2013 04:04 AM

simmons first year doing it, give him time he'll get better and more natural, I didn't like wilbon or magic, and even rose isn't that great (rose seems like a big time bull shitter, vince denied what happen between him and the smitch, saying it wasn't as physical as rose depicted it)

simmons is a start

SOUNDBOMBER 10-13-2013 06:24 PM

Going to miss his analyses for sure.

"Whichever team plays better will be in a better position to win this game"
"They should try and stay out of foul trouble, it's bad"
"If their superstars play well they will have a higher chance of winning"

JoeyJoJo Shabbadu 10-14-2013 06:56 PM

:chuck:


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