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The Golden State Warriors have returned to 2018 levels; NBA Finals ratings have not. The six-game Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals averaged 12.40 million viewers on ABC, topping only the past two out-of-season years as the least-watched Finals since 2007 (Spurs-Cavaliers: 9.29M). In the Nielsen people meter era, which dates back to 1988, this year’s Finals tops only the past two years, 2007 and 2003 (Spurs-Nets: 9.86M). Ratings were not immediately available.
ESPN today announced it has signed CJ McCollum as a multi-platform NBA analyst. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans star and current NBPA President, will make his debut on Thursday, June 2 – the date of NBA Finals Game 1. McCollum will appear as part of NBA Finals: Celebrating 75, ESPN2’s alternate presentation for NBA Finals Game 1, which will celebrate the NBA 75th Anniversary Season. More telecast details will be announced on Tuesday.
ESPN re-signs NBA reporter and analyst Ros Gold-Onwude. Will co-host pregame and halftime coverage for the 2022 NBA Finals on ESPN Radio
Mike Prada: Some news: I'm joining @TheAthletic as an NBA Staff Editor starting on May 16! Can't believe I'm gonna get to work with the best set of writers, editors, and other content creators in the business. They already do incredible work. I can't wait to help make it even better.
ESPN announced today that Doris Burke has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain at the network. ESPN’s initial announcement was brief, but the bullet points: The Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning analyst will continue her high-profile assignments: ESPN and ABC NBA games throughout the regular season and NBA Playoffs, NBA Finals on ESPN Radio, NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC
Spotify has added Bally Sports national NBA insider Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson for a new show on its new live platform, Spotify Greenroom. The show, titled Scoop B Sources, will be available every Monday at 5 p.m. ET through the Spotify Greenroom live audio app.
Draymond Green is going into TV. The Golden State Warriors star has received an exclusive multiyear agreement to join Turner Sports as an active player, set to make appearances with the network's "Inside the NBA" program among other content opportunities with Turner Sports and Bleacher Report. So, this means Green will sit alongside the studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith as an analyst when his schedule permits, while also working remotely to contribute to various other programs and special projects throughout the season.
Former NBA player, podcaster and social media star Rex Chapman will have a new title to add to his list this spring as the host of a show on CNN’s new streaming service. CNN announced Tuesday that the weekly program “will include intimate conversations with athletes, entertainers and everyday heroes as Chapman looks for the silver lining beyond today’s toughest headlines.”
Steve Bulpett: A bit of personal news: The right opportunity has come along. I have signed with as Senior NBA Columnist. If you're at all curious about my last 18 months, I share some stuff here. If not, please check back for my usual hoop
Steph Noh: Some personal news: I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining on with @sportingnews as part of their NBA coverage team! I could not have gotten this opportunity without the support from you all, so thank you!
Erik Horne, a news editor at The Athletic in Oklahoma City for the past two years, joins The Undefeated as a senior editor for sports, reporting directly to the platform’s deputy editor for sports Ed Guzman. “I am very pleased to welcome Mike and Erik – two tremendously talented journalists – to the team,” said Raina Kelley, ESPN Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, The Undefeated. “Their experience, creativity and innovation within the profession will expand our gaze on Black experience across sports, culture, fashion, and everything.”
After the meteoric rise of Malika Andrews, ESPN is hiring her younger sister, Kendra, as an NBA reporter, The Post has learned. Kendra, 24, will be ESPN’s Warriors writer and appear on TV for the network. She and Malika, 26, grew up in the San Francisco area.
Khobi Price: A source (me!) can confirm that I'll be the Orlando Sentinel's new Orlando Magic beat writer. My last day at the South Florida Sun Sentinel will be Nov. 28. I can't put into words how excited I am for this next chapter.
Shaq was a guest on this week’s “Marchand and Ourand” sports media podcast, a joint production between The Post and Sports Business Journal, and was asked by John Ourand if Barkley will really be done with the NBA studio show in two years, as he’s claimed. “He’s never gonna quit,” O’Neal said. “Charles is gonna be here forever. We need him, and he needs us. I’m convinced that if I’m retired and I don’t do nothing, I will falter away. This is what we do and what we live for. It’s what we’ve been doing, and we need each other. “We keep each other going. Look, I’ve been here 11 years. I’ve heard that spiel before, but he’s gonna be here till the wheels fall off.”
Heads up, NFL. The NBA is ordering up more alternate game telecasts similar to Omaha Productions’ popular ManningCast with Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. The league is expected to announce an alternate telecast co-starring Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson for NBA League Pass, its subscription-based product that provides access to hundreds of live and on-demand games.
JJ Redick is joining ESPN as an NBA analyst a month after announcing his retirement following a 15-year playing career. Redick will make his debut as a studio analyst on Nov. 3 during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks. Besides contributing to many of ESPN's studio shows, Redick will also be an analyst on some games this season.
"After 15 years in the NBA, I am excited to take what I have learned on the court and be able to provide my insight and strong opinions about the game I love," Redick said in a statement. "I am thrilled to have found a place on the biggest platform in sports, ESPN. I look forward to starting my post-playing career with such an incredible organization."
KC Johnson: Former Bulls coach Jim Boylen will be doing some studio work for @NBATV , including this week on Thursday and Friday.
The Athletic: We're thrilled to announce that @Josh Robbins will be @TheAthletic's new Washington Wizards writer. "This new beat is already personal. I know what it means to people. I know it because I once lived it. ... You’ll get the best I’ve got." 📚:
ESPN Podcasts is set to debut it’s newest podcast, Swagu & Perk, on Monday, Oct. 25. The weekly podcast will be hosted by former NFL veteran and analyst Marcus Spears (Swagu) and NBA champion and analyst Kendrick Perkins. The duo will take fans inside the latest news across the NFL, NBA and beyond with their own unique, personal insight and expert, in-depth analysis with new episodes every Tuesday morning. Spears and Perkins will also bring listeners inside their lives, career journeys and so much more with can’t-miss conversations and welcome in top sports and celebrity guests.
A possible Woj bomb: Another source said the cash-rich gambling companies could eventually try to pick off ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski as part of their drive to become full-fledged sports media companies. “The competitive landscape is shifting under our feet as we speak,” warned another source. “The legacy networks want to cut or maintain talent salaries. The gambling companies are flush [with money] — and increasingly willing to spend for sports media talent.”
For all of you NBA podcast lovers out there, you’ll soon have another to add to your favorites list. Former Boston Celtics and Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett seem to be jumping into the NBA podcasting arena. Pierce posted a tease for the new venture via Twitter on Monday morning.
Mark Medina: Today, I begin a new job with @NBAcom & @NBATV. Grateful for the new opportunity and looking forward to it! Some details below
The Portland Trail Blazers announced today the addition of Neil Everett to the broadcast team starting in the 2021-22 season. Everett will be Television Studio Host for pre, half and post-game coverage for most Trail Blazers road games. Everett, a Portland native, has strong Pacific Northwest ties. After high school in Spokane, he attended Willamette University in Salem before transferring to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Everett joined ESPN in July 2000 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and is a household name on SportsCenter, where he will continue to anchor the late-night edition from Los Angeles.
Veteran broadcaster Bill Land returns for his 19th season of calling Spurs basketball as the lead play-by-play announcer and former Spur Sean Elliott is in his 21st year as the lead analyst. Former Spur Matt Bonner is back for his fourth season at the studio desk alongside primary host Dan Weiss. Fans will notice two new additions during select broadcasts this season – former sports reporter Michelle Beadle as a special correspondent and former Spurs center Fabricio Oberto as a studio analyst.
The Milwaukee Bucks have named Dave Koehn as the team’s radio play-by-play announcer for games on WTMJ Radio and the statewide BMO Bucks Radio Network.
As for Nichols, I’ll repeat what I wrote a couple of weeks ago: Nichols is well-liked by NBA top executives, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver made clear, and did terrific reporting work while at CNN and Turner Sports from 2013 to 2016. She was considered a valuable on-air asset by Turner’s top bosses when she worked there, and I could see a return to Turner (or NBA TV) down the road.
NBC Sports Philadelphia is making history with its replacement for longtime Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff. The network has hired Kate Scott to call games this season, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly. The move makes Scott the first full-time female broadcaster of any major sport in Philadelphia television history and just the second woman to handle full-time play-by-play duties for an NBA team.
Fred Katz: Some news: Yesterday was my last day as a Wizards beat writer. Today, I officially begin my new job, covering the Knicks for @TheAthletic.
The National Basketball Assn. champion Milwaukee Bucks have a new voice as their play-by-play announcer. Also a new gender. Veteran sportscaster Lisa Byington is the new lead announcer for Bucks television broadcasts on Bally Sports Wisconsin for the 2021-2022 season. She replaces longtime announcer Jim Paschke, who is retiring. Former Bucks All-Star forward Marques Johnson will continue as analyst
NPR announced a new podcast with sports analyst and former NBA player Jay Williams on sports, entertainment and culture, and teased another new podcast that will be announced next Wednesday.
William Lou: I'm joining the excellent team at @Sportsnet to continue covering the Raptors across audio and digital platforms. Seeing all the love over the two weeks was overwhelming and I'm hoping to keep making content that connects with the fanbase. A lot more to come.
After leaving the booth to coach the Pelicans for one season, Stan Van Gundy is returning to TNT, according to sources. The 61-year-old will look to build on his rookie season as an in-game analyst in 2019-20, during which he shined – particularly when teamed with Ian Eagle. Van Gundy also will appear on NBA TV as a studio analyst.
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Maria Taylor and ESPN are divorcing — and she is headed to NBC and will cover the Olympics, The Post has learned. Taylor, 34, leaves ESPN just weeks after the existence of a year-old private recording of leaked comments was reported by the New York Times in which fellow NBA host/reporter Rachel Nichols alleged ESPN gave Taylor the Finals hosting job to make up for what Nichols described as the network’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.”
Mike Vorkunov: Some news: I'll be leaving the Knicks beat soon and taking on a new role @TheAthletic. Starting this fall I'll be our national basketball business reporter. I can't wait to start to cover the intersection of money and basketball at every level of the sport…
Chad Finn: NBC Sports Boston has signed Brian Scalabrine to a multi-year extension as its lead analyst on Celtics broadcasts. Network didn't confirm this, but I've heard from a couple of sources that the deal is for five years.
Marc Stein: Momentous occasion for me to share: All of my writing will soon be moving to Substack ... a beautiful new home for my coverage of #thisleague. Please sign up here to ensure you don't miss a dribble as I take this exciting step into a new frontier:
Marc Stein: THANK YOU to the @nytimes and @NYTSports for just shy of four glorious years that I don’t have enough words for. Dream come true to appear on those digital (and print!) pages and look down at that buzzing newsroom from the fourth-floor stairs. Never been prouder to work anywhere.
Kevin Calabro’s return to the broadcasting booth with the Trail Blazers is not a done deal. The Blazers, who let Jordan Kent go last week as their TV play-by-play announcer, have extended an offer in principle to Calabro, who served as their TV play-by-play man from 2016-20 but gave up his job during the COVID-19-interrupted 2020 campaign. Calabro said Tuesday his agent, Kristin Bredes, is negotiating with the Blazers, “but we have not come to any kind of terms. If you don’t have an agreement inked, you don’t have a deal. There is a mutual desire to get something done, but it hasn’t been done. We’ll continue to explore all other options.”
Keith Smith: I'm excited to share some news! Starting today, I'll be contributing on a regular basis to @spotrac! I'll be writing articles on all things roster/cap-related for the NBA. I'll also be assisting with maintaining salary information on the site! And more!
Over the weekend, Chris Bosh was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, ESPN revealed that the former Raptor and Heat star will be joining the network for the rest of the NBA playoffs.
Bosh wasted no time assimilating himself within ESPN’s various studio shows, appearing on Get Up before Tuesday’s announcement to preview the first round and play-in matchups. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald elaborated on ESPN’s announcement, revealing on Twitter that Bosh will also be utilized on The Jump, First Take, Get Up, and “likely” SportsCenter in the coming weeks.
Pierce has also received interest from Boston-based sports media powerhouse Barstool. Barstool is known for allowing their talent to have incredibly flagrant sports takes. The owner of Barstool, Dave Portnoy recently reached out to Pierce on Twitter to gauge his interest in joining the brand. Judging by Pierce’s latest Twitter likes it looks like the interest is mutual. adds Matt Babcock to oversee the site’s NBA Draft coverage Today, announced that they have hired Matt Babcock to lead their coverage of the NBA Draft and evaluate prospects at various levels. Babcock was previously the owner and founder of Babcock Hoops, a basketball website that had an emphasis on NBA Draft coverage. As part of this deal, Babcock Hoops will be dissolved and Matt’s work will be found exclusively at
Chris Ballard: Happy to announce I’m returning to SI as a contributing writer. As a kid, I looked up to Deford, Nack, and Smith the way some did Magic, Larry, and Michael. Working there was always a dream job. I’m excited to reunite with some of the best writers and editors in the business.
Jenny Dial Creech: Tomorrow I officially start in a new role at work. Very excited to move forward as Deputy Managing Editor for @TheAthleticNBA - pumped to work with such a talented group of writers and editors covering the league. Basketball
John Karalis: And now some personal news of my own... I am joining Boston Sports Journal! Super excited to build on what Brian has been doing and continue the great coverage there. Getting Sherrod as a teammate is a great bonus too!
A. Sherrod Blakely: PERSONAL NEWSP Today's my first day w/ @BR_NBA where my focus will be on topics impacting NBA front offices. Today I look at the NYK and whether Julius Randle is part of their future, or will they treat him like year-old GameStop stock and sell high.
Amin Elhassan: For those of you who listened to this ep of @LeBatardShow , the cat’s outta the bag: after 8 yrs, I am leaving ESPN & will be joining the pirate ship down in Miami. In true narcissistic navelgazing fashion, here’s a thread of thoughts on end of 1 chapter & start of a new one. I’m grateful for time at ESPN; when I arrived, I was an unknown former NBA front office lifer & now I leave with a much bigger platform than I ever imagined having. I never imagined working in media until ESPN asked me to & gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts to millions. I’m especially thankful for having worked for the Walt Disney Company, a fact which not only gave my kids a great point of pride in their dad, but also gave their dad the opportunity to give them endless Disneyland trips and walk the red carpet on a Star Wars premiere. Very cool
Danny Leroux: Some news, nestled in an official @NBA press release (!!!): @NateDuncanNBA and I will be calling one League Pass game a week this season! Join us Monday nights (and some extras, potentially) on the League Pass Influencers stream.
NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics coverage team has undergone several changes since the start of last season, but a familiar face is returning. Abby Chin will host pregame and postgame coverage, and will be in the role when the Celtics open the preseason Tuesday night against the Sixers. “It means so much to me,” said Chin, who lost her job as sideline reporter due to wide-ranging layoffs by NBC Sports Boston’s parent company in August. “Over the years I’ve been interested in that role, and now, coming back after everything that happened, I feel like I’ve been allowed to have an even bigger role.”
Abby Chin: It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am right now. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to cover the greatest franchise in sports. But, I’m even more grateful for all of you!! The support you’ve shown the last few months has been nothing short of amazing.
Howard Beck: So, officially official: I'm beyond thrilled to be joining @SInow to cover the NBA. It's truly a dream come true. Started reading SI religiously when I was 13. Idolized Frank Deford. (OK, wanted to be Frank Deford.) Still have countless boxes of old issues in my closet.
Anthony Puccio: *Some personal news* I’m proud and excited to announce I have been hired full-time, and will be launching The Association: a daily NBA newsletter (3pm ET), website and community for hoops fans. And, Periscopes TWICE a week!
Michael Pina: here's some personal news i am v excited about: starting 1/1, i'll be covering the nba for @SInow. it's an honor to work with such smart people at a place i've loved since i learned how to read. can't wait.
NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics coverage team has undergone several changes since the start of last season. But a familiar face is returning for the new season. Abby Chin is returning to the network as the host of its Celtics pregame and postgame coverage, the network will announce Monday. She will be in the role when the Celtics open the preseason Tuesday night against the Sixers.
Kelly AuCoin: BREAKING: I am not uncertain that free agent reporter @Howard Beck is signing with #SportsIllustrated. He’ll be writing and podcasting about the NBA, according to industry sources who I may or may not have bribed, blackmailed and/or lightly threatened. (No chickens were harmed)
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Sam Farber has been named the team’s new radio play-by-play broadcaster. Farber comes to Charlotte from Southern California and brings a wide variety of broadcasting experience to the Hornets. He regularly calls play-by-play for college basketball, college baseball and high school football for both ESPN and FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket. Farber also serves as a Game Break Update anchor for college football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1, as well as the halftime and postgame host for University of Southern California football. Additionally, he has been a play-by-play announcer for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League on Spectrum SportsNet since 2016. From 2014-2016, Farber was the pregame host for the Los Angeles Clippers flagship station, The Beast 980, where he also was an anchor, reporter and host.
The Sacramento Kings announced today that Kyle Draper has been named as the team’s additional TV play-by-play announcer, following the recent announcement of new primary TV announcer Mark Jones, and host of “Kings Pregame Live” and “Kings Postgame Live” on NBC Sports California. Draper, who arrives in Sacramento with more than 20 years of television experience, will call select games alongside analyst and Kings legend Doug Christie on NBC Sports California when Jones is on assignment for ESPN.
The Sacramento Kings announced today that Mark Jones has been named as the team’s new primary TV play-by-play announcer. Universally recognized for his nationally televised work on ESPN and ABC Sports, Jones brings more than 30 years of experience to Sacramento. He will call game action alongside Kings TV color analyst and Legend Doug Christie on NBC Sports California, the exclusive home of Kings basketball, beginning in the 2020-21 season.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Kings family and watch him partner with Doug to form a new, dynamic broadcast team for the franchise and its proud fans,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “Throughout his impressive career, Mark has amassed a tremendous wealth of experience broadcasting some of the largest events this league has hosted. We are excited he has chosen to continue his career in Sacramento as we look towards the bright future of this organization.
On Tuesday, Post sports editors Matt Vita, Matt Rennie, and Joe Tone announced that Lee will take a role with the publication’s sports enterprise team. Rather than focus his coverage on the NBA and stories of a more immediate nature, Lee will cover a broader range of topics including sports’ role in society, along with race, gender, and diversity. is excited to announce the addition of Washington Wizards wing Troy Brown Jr. to our staff. He will be producing a vlog, hosting an upcoming podcast and writing articles for the site going forward. Today, Troy premiered the first episode of his "Life Outside the NBA" vlog (as seen above).
Chris Sheridan: Excited and proud to come aboard today as the Senior NBA Columnist for , a new hoops Web site that will be creating excellent original content with a very talented roster laden with names you already know -- journalists, players, coaches and commentators.
Chris Mannix: Showtime has agreed to new deals with Stephen Jackson (@Stephen Jackson) and @Matt Barnes, per sources. The video podcast 'All the Smoke' runs on Showtime's platforms. Allen Iverson will appear on September 24th. The deal calls for new episodes on Thursday's through 2021.
The New York Post announced a multiplatform partnership with Jalen Rose that spans a weekly column, video and podcast series called “The Renaissance Man.” The media personality, author, philanthropist, former NBA player and founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will launch the multiplatform content program with the NYP this fall. It’s the first content partnership of this kind for the newspaper. “Rose will share anecdotes and lessons learned throughout his NBA career and beyond, and will relate them to current events and themes,” according to a statement from the NYP.
CNN has added Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green as a contributor to its coverage. Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper announced Green’s hiring on his show on Aug. 28. Green, 30, is also a basketball analyst for TNT, which like CNN is owned by Turner. The Warriors were not part of the NBA’s restarted bubble season, but Green offered insight into the three-day NBA player strike that began Aug. 26.
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Luol Deng is president of the Republic of South Sudan Basketball Federation and is also on its coaching staff. South Sudan is one win away from qualifying for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which would be a first for Africa’s youngest country. The Bright Stars need to win just one of three games against other African countries from Feb. 24-Feb. 26, 2023, in Egypt to qualify for the tournament showcasing the world’s top men’s basketball teams. Qualifying for the World Cup could also eventually open the door for the first Olympic berth for war-ravaged South Sudan.
Deng says that South Sudanese basketball fans are very fond of Bol Bol, the son of their beloved late legend Manute Bol. The 7-foot-2 Bol Bol is having a breakthrough season with the Magic, averaging 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. “Bol Bol told me he wants to play,” Deng said. “Obviously, this window in February, he’s still in the NBA. So, when we make it to the World Cup, then we can come to Bol Bol and knock on his door again. But in the past, he wanted to play badly. I remember he got hurt, but he wanted to play. But for Bol Bol, for him to [play], he needs to understand that his father’s legacy was for Bol Bol to play. He doesn’t understand how much he’s loved, and I think he will as he gets older. But his dad is loved so much that right now Bol Bol is getting everybody in the country so excited. His games are being watched by every kid.”
Deng will be in Chicago on Friday where he used to play for the Chicago Bulls to host a private fundraiser for the Luol Deng Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that “creates pathways to opportunity through sport and development,” according to its website, in Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The foundation also has charitable programs that aid youths in education and sport, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems, poor people and men’s and women’s basketball programs in South Sudan.