Magic Johnson not returning to ESPN as NBA studio analyst


magic-johnson-talkLegendary NBA player Magic Johnson said he will not be returning to ESPN as NBA studio analyst. According to a statement released by the network, Johnson will not return due to his busy schedule.

“I don’t feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role,” Johnson said in the statement.

He expanded his role on ESPN to join “NBA Countdown” in 2011.

“I will always feel a strong connection to the ESPN family and I enjoyed working with them very much,” he added.

Johnson is part of the ownership group that agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers in March 2012.

Since retiring from basketball, he has been successful in business, investing in movie theaters, a production company and restaurants.

He has also been an activist in the fight against HIV after being diagnosed with the virus in 1991.

Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.

Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.

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