Kenny Smith says TNT crew made Magic look good
Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith had some interesting comments Monday when asked about Magic Johnson's switch from a part-time TNT studio analyst to a part-time ABC/ESPN studio analyst.
They included a gentle shot at Magic and his failed 1998 talk show from Smith.
Click below for all that.Barkley: "Magic has so much stuff going on, he only wanted to work in the playoffs. That's what really happened. I think he made 20 appearances [actually, 12]. I talked to him, he's in my new T-Mobile spots. We shot those about three weeks ago, and I said, 'What happened?' He said, 'You know, man, I've just got so much stuff going on.' . . . I can understand that, he's got so much stuff going on, he lives in L.A., and he said, 'I only wanted to work the playoffs. I loved working with you guys.' But he just wanted to work the playoffs and ESPN was willing to take that."
[Johnson debuts on ABC on Christmas Day.]
Told Johnson said upon being hired that one of his strongest motivations was to work the NBA Finals on ABC, Smith said, "Maybe that's it, too, but I think the other thing is it's hard for anyone to jump in and jump out and play double-dutch with us, with Charles and I. Charles and I and Ernie [Johnson] have such a different rhythm. If you try to double-dutch in and out, I think it hurts you. So, previous years he used to come more often, but I think after a few years his businesses grew and things of that nature. It's hard to double-dutch in. I think sometimes it threw the rhythm off for him."
Barkley: "We got along great and had a good time. I think it's more him saying the NBA Finals thing, I really think he was trying to put a positive spin on the situation. Realistically, he only wanted to work the playoffs. But he had to give a reason. To me, that just sounds like he was trying to put a positive spin on it."
Smith: "He knows, and we say this all the time: He's never looked as good on television as with us. Y'all remember 'The Magic Hour.' He's never looked as good sitting with us. So we're going to miss him, but he's going to miss us."