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Magic Johnson leaves ESPN's NBA coverage

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is leaving ESPN's NBA because of other commitments.
Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Oct. 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is leaving his position as analyst during ESPN's pre-game and halftime NBA 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 Los Angeles Laker said in a statement released by ESPN. "I will always feel a strong connection to the ESPN family and I enjoyed working with them very much."

The five-time NBA champion joined the network in 2008. He appeared on ESPN and ABC as a studio and game analyst.

ESPN's executive vice president John Wildhack wished Johnson well in his future endeavors and said the network was "in the process of determining our NBA commentator roles for the upcoming season."

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