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Bill Simmons Denies Rumor That he Pushed Magic Johnson Out of NBA Countdown

When word spread that Magic Johnson was leaving ESPN’s NBA Countdown, many were shocked. Magic is slightly better at basketball than your FishbowlNY editors, so his presence would seem to be a good thing. But nevertheless, he issued a statement that he was departing. Almost immediately, a report surfaced that Bill Simmons forced Johnson out in order to gain more power over the show. Simmons told Sports Illustrated that the rumor was completely false:

Those unnamed ‘sources’ are liars. Someone planted a fake story to try to make me look bad, and there’s a 99.3 percent chance it came from someone in Bristol (which presents its own set of concerns). I was upset; I can’t lie. Maybe this happens to people more often than I realize, and maybe it comes with the territory, but man … I can’t properly explain how fantastic it was to watch basketball with Magic for nine months.

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Magic Johnson Gets Emotional After Buss Tribute

It’s been quite the emotional week for the Los Angeles Lakers family following the death of owner Dr. Jerry Buss.

Returning to the court for the first time since his death on Monday, the Lakers paid tribute to Buss prior to Wednesday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics.

The NBA scheduling Gods delivered as the Lakers-Celtics game was on ESPN, which meant Magic Johnson was able to reflect throughout the night on the impact Buss had on his life in the 30-plus years since he was drafted from Michigan State.

To Johnson, Buss was not just an owner. He was a friend and mentor who Johnson would routinely call for advice. You can truly get the sense how important Buss was to Johnson by his reaction following Kobe Bryant‘s speech to the crowd.

Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose Join NBA Countdown

After a false start, ESPN has finalized their ESPN/ABC KIA NBA Countdown show by adding Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, the network formally announced on Thursday.

Originally, Simmons was reportedly going to join Stan Van Gundy on the show, but when FishbowlLA contacted ESPN last month, they were unable to confirm the news. The former Orlando Magic head coach explained last week the reason why he didn’t get the job had to do with NBA commissioner David Stern, who reportedly nixed the idea. Read more

Magic Johnson Remembers the Day He Agreed to Write That Really Big Check

A teaser clip for tomorrow’s HBO Real Sports episode reminds just how effortlessly Magic Johnson lights up a room.

Asked by Jon Frankel how much money he put into the Dodgers deal, Johnson said around $50 million. And to the follow-up of whether agreeing to write out the biggest check of his life gave him pause, the Laker great replied: “It wasn’t that moment though. The moment was when I had to go home and tell my wife. [Laughter] I said, ‘Honey… Sit down…’”

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Boston Wag Tells LA to Google ‘Josh Beckett Unapologetic’

After leading off with some snippets of rhapsodic praise for the Red Sox-Dodgers blockbuster trade from such corners as the LA Times, Magic Johnson, Ned Colletti and USA Today, CBSBoston.com sports producer Michael Hurley warns in an open letter to LA that this group has it all wrong.

The Dodgers should have found a way to get the Red Sox to shoulder more of the financial burden, he writes. Carl Crawford is a gigantic long shot. Adrian Gonzalez is no good in the clutch. And pitcher Josh Beckett (pictured), well he’s ‘just the worst. Seriously:’

Golfing between starts is no big deal for a pitcher, except for when that pitcher just missed a start because of a lat injury. He met the media after his following start (when Cleveland rocked him for about 30 runs in three innings) and refused to apologize, saying “My off day is my off day” and “We only get 18 off days a year.”

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THR Goes for Dodgers Quadruple Play

In support of Daniel Miller’s splashy cover story and Ed Desser’s team media rights sidebar in the August 17 print issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min’s operation has opted for four different hard-copy covers. They depict (left to right, below): Cy Young winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw; minority stakeholders Magic Johnson and Peter Guber; Tommy Lasorda alongside current manager Don Mattingly; and marquee stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

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Forbes Sends Dodgers to the Discount Bin

Even though the gang at Guggenheim Partners, with a key assist from Magic Johnson, paid $2.15 billion for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Forbes magazine believes the team is presently worth less. A lot less.

The magazine’s just released list of “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams” puts forth the kind of instant-depreciation that would make even a car salesman blush. Check it out:

#1 Manchester United ($2.23 billion)
#2 Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)
#3 New York Yankees ($1.85 billion)
#3 Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)
#5 Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)
#6 Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)
#6 New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
#8 Barcelona ($1.31 billion)
#9 New York Giants ($1.3 billion)
#10 Arsenal ($1.29 billion)

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Magic Johnson Gets ASPiRE Assist from Reuters

Reuters LA bureau chief Ronald Grover has a nice little interview item today with Magic Johnson, on the eve of Comcast’s June 27 launch of the burgeoning media mogul’s family-oriented cable channel ASPiRE.

Magic says his ultimate ambition is to achieve the same level of perceived business success as Robert Johnson, founder of BET and an owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats before Michael Jordan. He also reminds why he thinks the Dodgers were worth $2.15 billion:

Johnson, who owns commercial real estate in LA, says the real value of the deal is in the 300 acres that surround Dodger stadium, although there are no plans to develop the property yet… “We’re going to get the team where we think it should be before we think about the real estate.”

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Magic Johnson, Matt Kemp on This Week’s SI Cover

And in other Sports Illustrated news, Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp are on this week’s cover.

The actual article (by Lee Jenkins) is about the 78-hour sports whirlwind the city of Los Angeles experienced last weekend.

A very good (but lengthy) read that won’t result in any lawsuits.

Magic Johnson’s Cable Network Hires GM

Paul Butler has been named the general manager of Aspire, Magic Johnson‘s new cable network, according to Jon Weisman of Variety.

Butler is a senior vice president and general counsel at the Gospel Music Channel in Atlanta —  a role he will continue during his transition to Aspire. The former Viacom executive has handled the day-to-day operations for Aspire since Johnson announced his plans to launch a network for African Americans in February.

“We conducted an extensive search for the right person to lead Aspire and found that he was right here all along, and already on the GMC team,” said Johnson. “Paul has a long track record of success with GMC with a wide range of responsibility and oversight.

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