Magic Johnson Leaves ESPNíS NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving the ESPN family because of the increasing amount of responsibility that he has in his other ventures. The partial owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers said, "I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role. I will always feel a strong connection to the ESPN family and I enjoyed working with them very much. I'd like to thank John Skipper, John Wildhack, Mark Gross, Kim Belton, Amina Hussein, Mark Summer, Adam Hertzog, Bob Rauscher, Stuart Scott, Mike Wilbon, Jon Barry, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Chris Broussard and the many others at ESPN for the wonderful opportunity to talk about the game I love. They are the best in the business."
Whether Johnson left on his own initiative or not is anyone’s guess, but Magic was a little bit less than magic on NBA Countdown. Magic was an unbelievable player and he is proving to be a great owner as well, but as a commentator and analyst on television, Magic was a bit outside his comfort zone.
ESPN’s executive vice president, John Wildhack, said, "We appreciate Magic's contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are in the process of determining our NBA commentator roles for the upcoming season."