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Eddie Johnson

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Chicago and was raised with six siblings by my single mother in one of the worst housing projects at the time.
I loved sports, and played baseball and basketball in school—I played well and studied hard, so I ended up becoming the best basketball player in Illinois and received scholarships to many colleges.
I decided to go to the University of Illinois, where I played basketball for four years while earning a bachelor’s degree in history.
In 1981, I was drafted into the NBA by the Kansas City Kings—I played professionally for 18 years with seven different teams!
While in the NBA, I got married and raised a family.
After a successful career as a professional athlete, I could have gone into coaching, but I didn’t want to leave my kids or uproot my family, so I transitioned into broadcasting.
A year after I retired from the NBA, I was hired by the Phoenix Suns as a broadcast analyst and have been calling the team’s games ever since.
In addition to providing commentary for the Phoenix Suns, I’m a co-host of “NBA Today” on Sirius XM NBA Radio.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
History, General
University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career

TV Analyst & Former NBA Player

I call the games for the Phoenix Suns basketball team.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Sports
Television
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I provide play-by-play commentary for television broadcasts during live games for the Phoenix Suns. That means I also travel around the country with the team throughout the season.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Public speaking is a very important skill as a broadcast analyst. It's also crucial to have a passion for whatever you're reporting or speaking on. I played basketball professionally, so I really have a passion for it and am able to report on it now. You also need to be comfortable and relaxed sitting in front of the camera.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

If you want to become a professional athlete, you really need to put in the work. It's going to be long hours and hard work. It needs to be your main focus and passion. It's a tough road but hard work, passion, and determination can help get you there.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You can't make mistakes."

Challenges I Overcame

Raised By Single Parent
Work Stress

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