ESPN announces 20th NBA season with Full Court Press for “Premiere Week”

  • Lisa Salters joins Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals, marquee games throughout the season, including the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks on Oct. 20
  • NBA today Hosted by Malika Andrews Lance, New NBA Countdown team debut, Flow of hoops with feedback from Cassidy Hubbarth
  • Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown Enters His 50th NBA Season
  • NBA senior analyst Jay Williams to appear on ESPN platforms

ESPN’s 20th season of NBA coverage kicks off the week of Oct. 18 with all-court press for a busy “first week” as the league’s 75th.and The anniversary season is on. ESPN will provide wall-to-wall, cross-platform coverage throughout the week surrounding its live game broadcasts on Wednesday, October 20 and Friday, October 22. For ESPN’s 2021-22 NBA game schedule, visit ESPN Press Room. ESPN’s season opener schedule and commentary assignments are below:

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform(s)
Wed 20 Oct 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN app
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Mark Jones Richard Jefferson ESPN, ESPN app
Fri 22 Oct 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN, ESPN app
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs.

Los Angeles Lakers

Ryan Ruocco Doris Burke ESPN, ESPN app

*ESPN’s season opener coverage is brought to you by State Farm as part of AT&T 5G Opening Week.

ESPN game commentators
NBA Finals voice and Curt Gowdy Media Award winner Mike Breen and analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson return to call ESPN’s NBA season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Boston Les Celtics visit the New York Knicks. The trio set records both collectively and individually as the most prolific voices in the NBA Finals and will be together for the best regular season and NBA playoff games. ESPN recently re-signed Jeff Van Gundy to a new multi-year deal and all three commentators are on long-term terms. Lisa Salters will join the trio as ESPN’s senior reporter for their coverage of the NBA Finals, Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Oculus from Facebook series and NBA Christmas Day presented by State Farm Games.

Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hubie Brown will start his 50and season in the NBA between coaching and broadcasting. The legendary Brown returns for his 17and consecutive season as an ESPN NBA game analyst. Fellow Hall of Famer, Curt Gowdy Media Award winner Doris Burke, returns to ESPN for game coverage throughout the season. Van Gundy, Jackson, Brown and Burke lead ESPN’s full roster of gaming analysts, which will also include Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter this season. In addition to Breen, Mark Jones, Dave Pasch and Ryan Ruocco returning as ESPN’s main play-by-play broadcasters, Brian Custer and Beth Mowins will call the action for select games. Secondary ESPN reporters include Salters, Cassidy Hubbarth, Malika Andrews, Jorge Sedano, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Katie George. ESPN NBA game commentators will appear on site, health and safety permitting.

Jay Williams adds a cross-platform NBA role
Jay Williams will add to his cross-platform ESPN role, beginning with “week one”. The former Duke star will serve as a senior NBA analyst and appear regularly on ESPN studio programming, including Rise, First take and sports center. Williams will continue her role on ESPN Radio’s national morning show with Keyshawn Johnson and Max Kellerman.

New NBA Countdown team debut
ESPN recently announced their new NBA Countdown team, including top analysts Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, award winner Curt Gowdy Media, Jalen Rose and host Mike Greenberg. The quartet will also be joined frequently by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The team will debut live from Madison Square Garden ahead of the Celtics vs. Knicks game on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. on ESPN’s first night of regular season coverage. There will also be on-site updates in the 6 p.m. edition of sports center leading to NBA Countdown. The show will generally originate from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, NY, with select shows originating from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.

The team of Kendrick Perkins, Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike and Michael Eaves will assume responsibilities for the Wednesday editions of NBA Countdown in February once ESPN’s NBA on ABC package is underway. NBA Countdown on ESPN is presented by Mountain Dew. For more information on the new ESPN NBA Countdown approach, visit ESPN Press Room.

NBA today Launches
As recently announced, ESPN’s new weekday afternoon studio show NBA today will debut during “week one”. NBA today is hosted by Malika Andrews and will emanate from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center at LA Live. The show debuts Monday, October 18 on ESPN2 and will debut on ESPN on Tuesday, October 19, in conjunction with the first day of the NBA regular season. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to join the NBA today team on Tuesday, October 19 for an interview to brief the league’s 75and Anniversary season. Zach LaVine is scheduled for Wednesday and Damian Lillard is scheduled for Thursday. Also on Wednesday, October 20, NBA today will reveal 25 members of the NBA 75 list of the greatest players of all time.

NBA today airs live from 3-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and will visit marquee live events during the season and playoffs. Analysts Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike and Vince Carter and journalists Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne will complete the cast of NBA today. To know more NBA todayvisit the ESPN Newsroom.

Flow of hoops is back
Flow of hoopsESPN’s digital NBA pregame show, will return for its third season. Flow of hoops precedes top NBA games on ESPN and ABC throughout the regular season and playoffs. Flow of hoopshosted by Cassidy Hubbarth, will make its season debut during “week one” leading up to ESPN’s first night of NBA game coverage on Wednesday, October 18, beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. The show is available on the ESPN app and on ESPN’s Twitter. , Facebook and YouTube. Flow of hoops provides insight into the action of the game and provides expert commentary from analysts and reporters on the league’s most compelling stories.

Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski leads a versatile team of reporters providing breaking news coverage on ESPN platforms. Wojnarowski will appear regularly on NBA today, NBA Countdown, sports center and other platforms providing information and context. ESPN lead writer Ramona Shelburne and The Undefeated Marc Spears will also contribute regularly to ESPN’s studio programming during “week one”.
Monday, October 18, Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will spotlight the five most intriguing players to watch this season. Then, will present the season’s outlook for all 30 teams during its Power Ranking opening night, projecting the highs and lows for contenders and lottery-bound teams.

Later in the week, Senior NBA Writer Brian Windhorst examines four title contenders seemingly stuck in suspended animation – the Sixers, Nets, Clippers and Nuggets – and how they navigate between ambition and reality. Additionally, as LeBron James embarks on Season 19, charts all the milestones at your fingertips for champion and MVP multiple times.

the NBA on ESPN The Brand Marketing team’s goal for the 2021-22 NBA season is to implement a personalized music strategy to narrate key moments, further integrate culture into ESPN NBA platform and excite fans for weekly games. The team teamed up with music label EMPIRE to remix ‘Say go’ by rapper D’ Smoke for the opening week news and is also set to release a custom song and social hype video featuring rapper Money Man.


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