By Roadtrip Nation

Eddie Johnson



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


TV Analyst & Former NBA Player

I call the games for the Phoenix Suns basketball team.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
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.

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.


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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