With all the current changes taking place at ESPN, this one should be a great look! Reportedly, Malika Andrews, who is presently hosting “NBA Today” is slated to become the new host of the NBA Finals for ESPN.
According to The New York Post, Andrews will be replacing Mike Greenberg, who has been leading the show for the past two years. Greenberg reportedly left the show when he and ESPN came to a mutual agreement for him to leave “NBA Countdown” because of his busy schedule.
REPORT: Malika Andrews is replacing Mike Greenberg as ESPN’s host for NBA Countdown and the Finals.
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It’s been a real Hollywood shuffle with some of the network’s top talent being let go in recent weeks.
Arguably, two of the network’s top play-by-play guys, former NBA player and coach, Mark Jackson and former basketball coach, Jeff Van Gundy were let go as part of the talent shuffle the network has done recently. Mike Breen remains but will be joined by recently hired former NBA head coach, Doc Rivers, and Doris Burke will now be the latest play-by-play team.
Former NBA player, Jalen Rose was also another analyst who was laid off earlier this summer during the ESPN personnel cuts.
Andrews will still be hosting “NBA Today” along with her new duties.
She initially did reporting duties on the sidelines of the NBA Finals sideline, when she took over for Rachel Nichols. Shen then replaced Nichols when she took on the role of hosting the daily NBA show. She also took the spot Maria Taylor previously had as lead for “NBA Countdown.” She has hosted “Countdown” for the past two years, but not during the prime-time editions and not the NBA Finals pregame show.
Basketball Insiders reported that Andrews first joined ESPN in October 2018 as an NBA journalist and reporter, where she specifically covered the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. She has appeared on SportsCenter, Get Up, Around the Horn, and The Jump.
Malika Andrews Taking Over as ESPN’s NBA Finals Host