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Report: Jalen Rose to join Simmons, Wilbon, Magic on “NBA Countdown”

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Weigh-In

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Former NBA basketball player and current ESPN broadcaster Jalen Rose hosts the official weigh-in for the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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ESPN wanted to shake up its “NBA Countdown” game-day studio show because… well, it wasn’t very good.

And while I liked the idea of the show with Stan Van Gundy on it better (and idea reportedly shot down by David Stern) it appears they have rounded out what could be a more interesting roster.

The lineup will be Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons (the “sports guy” and guy behind Grantland), Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon, reports The Big Lead. TBL has pretty much been in front of this story the entire time so we’ll bet they are right here. ESPN did not respond.

This move means Chris Broussard and Jon Barry are out.

I don’t know how the chemistry will be, but it has potential. Rose is engaging, Simmons is clever and has a good fan sensibility, Wilbon is trusted and Magic… is there. He was a very good basketball player.

Still say TNT’s “Inside the NBA” is the gold standard, but hopefully this is an improvement at ESPN.