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Magic Johnson’s exit could boost ESPN show

It’s a curious reality, one that has vexed more than one sports television programming executive who has hired him over the years. But it is also the stone-cold truth: Magic Johnson’s effortless charisma as the maestro of the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers has never translated to television.

Sure, when the red light goes on, his famous smile is still ever-present, as if he’d just thrown a mind-bending no-look pass to James Worthy. And his demeanor is unfailingly engaging.

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