Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/10/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Former NBA player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson auctions off an opportunity to play three on three with himself, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers after accepting the USA TODAY Hollywood Hero award during the USA TODAY Hollywood Hero honoring Magic Johnson at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for USA Today)
Magic Johnson is a NBA and college basketball icon and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic is a tremendous personality, but he was never a tremendous announcer. And he is now leaving ESPN NBA Countdown. Earvin Magic Johnson apparently has too much to do. We believe him, because he does have a lot of things going on his life. Magic Johnson is a successful business man and inspirational figure to L.A. Lakers and Michigan State Spartans fans everywhere. Still he was always mediocre at best as an analyst on television. Here’s an abbreviated version of the statements released by Bristol and Magic Johnson. John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production: Magic Johnson informed us today that he’ll no longer be part of our NBA coverage due to his other commitments. We are in the process of determining our NBA commentator roles for the upcoming season. Magic Johnson statement: I love ESPN. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, 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. ESPN Countdown will now be sans Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon. They are replaced by Doug Collins and Doris Burke Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks), Facebook, and RSS The post Magic Johnson leaves ESPN Countdown appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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