Magic Johnson has vanished from ESPN

Earvin Johnson has lived up to his nickname of Magic this season, disappearing from ESPN’s coverage after barely appearing It appears Johnson will make a grand total of one appearance on ESPN’s top pregame show, “NBA Countdown,” this season, The Post has learned. When ESPN announced its new “NBA Countdown” crew in October, it said, … Read more

NBA’s new way of promoting vulgar goons

Remember: After you “whoop that trick,” be sure to tell her you love her. But first help her back to her feet. How can any intelligent, well-comported sports fan not have reevaluated themself from skeptical to cynical? How will it be possible to return fans and customers to a place they’ve never been? Last week … Read more

Draymond Green accuses Chris Russo of ‘racist undertone’

Draymond Green has responded to Chris Russo telling him to shut up and play. “Yesterday, he [Russo] goes on TV and he says ‘America is tired of Draymond Green.’ He then proceeds to say ‘shut up and play,’ ” Green said on his podcast, “the Draymond Green Show”, Thursday. “I’m not one to really pull … Read more

Marv Albert thrilled for Walt Frazier’s Hall of Fame enshrinement

Marv Albert will enjoy the company with Walt Frazier joining him in the broadcasting wing of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Two Knicks legends together again. Frazier, the MSG Network color analyst and Hall-of-Fame guard, was named in February as the Curt Gowdy Award winner and will be enshrined – again – on Sept. … Read more

Stephen A. Smith fed up with Kyrie Irving in 6-minute rant

Stephen A. Smith provided 24 hours’ notice that he was going to deliver a rant for the ages about Kyrie Irving, and the man fulfilled his promise. Smith, who promised a response to Irving’s series of tweets Thursday that ripped the media as puppets for a racist society, spoke on ESPN’s “First Take” on Friday … Read more

NBA must end tacit approval of crude behavior ruining basketball

How does one seek asylum from an asylum? The games typically start with the house lights turned way down, searchlight beams sweeping the floor like a supermarket opening or a nighttime prison yard inspection. Next, pounding, menacing music fills the arena, like war drums, bellows fanning the flames. Then the public address voice takes over, … Read more

Bob Ryan, Jerry West spar over Jerry West portrayal

Legendary basketball writer Bob Ryan called out Jeff Pearlman, author of “Showtime,” a book about the 1980s Lakers, arguing the portrayal of Jerry West in the HBO series “Winning Time” inspired by the book is “reprehensible” and “borderline criminal” . As Barrett Sports Media detailed, Ryan, who began covering the Celtics in 1969 for the … Read more

Shaq, Charles Barkley rip Kyrie Irving for middle-finger drama

Shaq and Charles Barkley aren’t here for Kyrie Irving’s “dark side” that he admittedly embraced while flipping off fans in the Nets’ 115-114 Game 1 loss to the Celtics Sunday. After the game, Irving said his double-bird to Boston fans was courtesy of him “keeping that same energy” hecklers brought to TD Garden during Sunday’s … Read more

Inside ESPN’s $250 million spree that ended with Schefter, Woj

In a media world that is splintered with new challenges, ESPN still reigns in the middle of it all. While it does not go by the moniker “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” anymore, it continues to use its financial might to be at the top of the pack, be it the best games or the … Read more