HoopsHype Michael Wilbon rumors

October 22, 2013 Updates

In addition to signing a contract extension with ESPN, Sage Steele has accepted the host’s role for the network’s “NBA Countdown” pregame show. Steele replaces Michael Wilbon, who will focus more on his “Pardon The Interruption” show. She will work the Friday and Sunday editions on the shown on ESPN and ABC. Returning analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will be joined by new hire Doug Collins. Albany Times Union

October 9, 2013 Updates

Michael Wilbon’s role on ESPN’s NBA Countdown will be diminished next season, and taking his spot on the set will most likely be former 76ers coach Doug Collins, multiple sources told The Big Lead. The move is primarily so that Wilbon can return to focusing on the show that made him a star, Pardon the Interruption. In recent years, Wilbon has increasingly appeared on PTI via remote – from Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Arizona, etc – diluting some of the outstanding chemistry he’s built up with longtime friend Tony Kornheiser. The Big Lead

Wilbon’s frequent travel has also led to PTI replacing him with Bob Ryan or J.A. Adande, and the end result of both of those factors is that ratings for the show have sagged in the last two years, sources say. The Big Lead

September 9, 2013 Updates

Michael Wilbon’s role on ESPN’s NBA Countdown will be diminished next season, and taking his spot on the set will most likely be former 76ers coach Doug Collins, multiple sources told The Big Lead. The move is primarily so that Wilbon can return to focusing on the show that made him a star, Pardon the Interruption. In recent years, Wilbon has increasingly appeared on PTI via remote – from Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Arizona, etc – diluting some of the outstanding chemistry he’s built up with longtime friend Tony Kornheiser. The Big Lead

December 8, 2010 Updates

I know you're already read it, but here's Michael Wilbon's final column for The Washington Post. It was finely done. As he's said and written before, he found the final piece to be a depressing thing, saying it was the first column he "ever dreaded writing," and that the end "will be far more traumatic to me, I suspect, than to you." That was on Tuesday. Wednesday morning, ESPN sent out a press release announcing that Wilbon would be a "featured columnist" for ESPNChicago.com, and will also be making weekly appearances on ESPN Radio 1000 in "his beloved hometown." His first ESPNChicago.com column and chat were scheduled for Wednesday. (Here's the column.) This would be the traumatic part for us. Washington Post

November 20, 2010 Updates

Rather than come up with an original thought about What This Means for the future of our Sports section, I'll just go ahead and include the audio from Wilbon's Friday appearance on Mike Wise's radio show. Wilbon said in his appearance that he'll be writing a farewell column within the next few weeks, but it's sort of emblematic that the first place I heard his own views on the matter was on another Post Sports columnist's radio show. "It was a pretty traumatic day for me on Wednesday, I guess, to tell Don Graham," Wilbon said. "Look, I'm 52 years old and I worked at the Washington Post for 31-and-a-half years. People can do the math. It's a greater part of my identity than anything else in my life, and that's including my wife and child, because they're relatively new to the scene." Washington Post

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