Magic Joins ESPN


Lakers Vice President and minority owner Magic Johnson has joined ESPN and will serve as a studio analyst on the network’s NBA Countdown show.

The former Lakers great will team with Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon and former NBA player Jon Barry beginning Christmas Day and continue his duties through the NBA playoffs.

“Magic has always been one of the most accomplished people in every field he has endeavored. He was an incomparable player and has become one of the best NBA analysts in the business. His unique insights, perspective and personality will be the perfect complement to Stuart (Scott), Mike (Wilbon) and Jon (Barry),” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, production.

Johnson’s Christmas Day start date coincides with the Lakers first meeting with the Boston Celtics since Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals.

“I am thrilled to be able to be a part of ESPN, where I will work with a great team and cover all the big NBA events,” said Johnson. “Christmas can’t come soon enough for me.”