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Simmons Denies Pushing Magic Out Of "NBA Countdown," Calls Deadspin Sources "Liars"
Published October 14, 2013
ROTATING CAST: In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote the perception of "NBA Countdown" is that the show "ain’t exactly a model of stability." The reality "may be totally different, but reports of cast members not getting along, or Bill Simmons having control and running a power play, don’t do anything for the image of a severely flawed program that should have been blown up two years ago." There is "no one left on the cast who measures up to Johnson in the glitz department" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/13). In Tampa, Tom Jones wrote Johnson "got a little better last season, but overall, he was the weakest part of the show and is not going to be missed." Meanwhile, Michael Wilbon's role on the show is being "diminished." The "good news is that Wilbon can dedicate more time to his bread-and-butter show, Pardon the Interruption." The "bad news is Wilbon is outstanding on NBA Countdown and will be missed" (TAMPABAY.com, 10/11).