ESPN’s pregame and halftime NBA coverage will no longer include analyst contributions by Magic Johnson.
The NBA Hall of Famer, who also owns a small stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers, informed the network that he won’t be a part of this season’s basketball coverage.
“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,” the former Laker said in a statement released by ESPN.
Johnson joined the sports network as a studio analyst in 2008. He also appeared in a similar role during TNT’s NBA coverage for several years.
John Wildhack, ESPN executive vp production added that it hasn’t yet set its commentator lineup for the season.
“Earvin ’Magic’ Johnson informed us [Thursday] that he’ll no longer be part of our NBA coverage due to his other commitments,” Wildhack said in the statement. “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.”
On Monday, the network announced the hiring of former coach Doug Collins as an analyst on NBA Countdown along with Grantland’s Bill Simmons and former NBA player Jalen Rose.
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