Magic Johnson Left NBA Countdown Because of Bill Simmons

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With it was announced today that all of a sudden, Magic Johnson is leaving NBA Countdown, you knew there had to be more to the story. According to Deadspin the part that was left out is that Magic doesn’t like Bill Simmons having all the power and he is not happy about Simmons ultimately getting Wilbon off the show:

ESPN sources tell us that Johnson’s departure was the result of an old-fashioned power war, with one very clear winner: Bill Simmons. “It’s Simmons’s show now,” said one source.

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

Ultimately they are going to let the show prosper or fail on Bill Simmons. I just don’t think he is the right guy to bet on since he isn’t very good on TV either. The show really needs a complete reboot.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I hate simmons while everyone else is talking about basketball hes talking about storylines and things the players did in the summer and how they have supposed friction with other players/teams

  2. Simmons is a clown with doesn’t know anthing about basketball. I don’t blame Magic for leaving. Magic has credibility because he played and Simmons watched. That’s why he rambles on, its because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. With that being said…im not surprised.

  3. What credentials does Bill Simmons have and who does he know at ESPN that warrants him so much power to get Mike Wilbon fired? Is this a obvious attempt by ESPN to make the show white?

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