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Magic Johnson raves about Kevin Durant

by Mel Bracht Published: October 13, 2008

Magic Johnson has jumped networks, moving from making occasional studio appearances with TNT to a similar position with ESPN. He will work mainly with Stuart Scott, Mike Wilbon and Jon Barry on ABC’s “NBA Countdown.” He will provide analysis on Christmas Day  and contribute to the networks’ post-season studio coverage. In a conference call Monday, he talked about Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and the Sonics moving to Oklahoma City.

“I’m sad that they left Seattle. It’s a great city. I’m happy for the NBA that Oklahoma City is going to get the team.

“Kevin Durant is a special talent. He’s a wonderful young man, first of all, and a guy that you can build your franchise around. He’s multitalented where he can take you off the dribble, he can shoot from the outside and he can take it to the basket.

“I think we saw a glimpse of greatness from him last season. Now all he has to do is be more consistent. Once he gets that consistency, doing it night in and night out, you’re going to see an all-star and a guy who will also make his teammates better. He’s going to really elevate everyone else’s game.

“I also have witnessed him as a basketball junkie. Right after the season he went to Vegas. He was working out. He was really into it. He’s been really a professional. I have appreciated his work ethic. I think Oklahoma City is going to be in for a great, great season and many seasons (from him). Once he really gets to understand now what he’s really great at, what he’s weak at and how the defenses are playing him. You’re going to see him take off. I’m really looking forward to seeing basketball there and see how the fans react. It’s going to be an exciting time.”

GameDay in Texas again: For the second week in a row, ESPN’s “College GameDay” will originate from Texas. The 9 a.m. Saturday show will be in Austin, Texas, for the No. 11 Missouri at No. 1 Texas game. Last Saturday it was at Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the OU-Texas game. Lee Corso picked the Sooners to win as his headgear picks record fell to 3-4 for the season. Expect him to take the Longhorns this week.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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