Michael Wilbon Rumors
ESPN has settled on a new host for “NBA Countdown” after all the drama that unfolded in recent months, and the job has reportedly been given to one of their most recognizable faces. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN has named Mike Greenberg the new host of “NBA Countdown.” Greenberg will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and Magic Johnson for marquee games.
These days, what Stephen A. Smith wants at ESPN, Stephen A. gets. Next up, Magic Johnson. Smith wants to team up with Johnson, possibly on “NBA Countdown,” the pregame show that leads into the NBA Finals and other marquee games, according to sources. Smith’s ideal setup would be to have a Big 3 that also includes “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon, who often works alongside Smith on “SportsCenter.”
ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Mike Breen were honored with the print and broadcast versions of the Curt Gowdy Award on Friday night as part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class of inductees. Wilbon, who spent 30 years at The Washington Post in addition to spending the past two decades as the host of Pardon The Interruption, among other roles at ESPN, and Breen, the longtime play-by-play man for both the New York Knicks and the NBA on ESPN, who has called the NBA Finals a record-setting 14 times since 2006, have both been fixtures in the basketball world for over a generation.
In accepting the print award, Wilbon said he was thankful that the Hall of Fame is interested in honoring the art of storytelling as part of its annual enshrinement ceremonies. “I’m grateful the Hall of Fame sees fit to honor the best in reporting and broadcasting basketball,” Wilbon said, “especially when the art of storytelling has become so critical to consuming all the elements of sport.”
Marc J. Spears: Really excited & proud to host the @Hoophall press conference for the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Always a good day when you see KG and Timmy. Wish Kobe was there 🙏🏽. Also excited to see @RealMikeWilbon & Mike Breen get inducted, too. @TheUndefeated pic.twitter.com/cIMBm9gsY8