Malika Andrews and the remainder of the NBA At present crew are poised to tackle one other function at ESPN this upcoming NBA season.
The network announced Thursday that Andrews will function the host for NBA Countdown on Wednesdays through the 2022–23 marketing campaign. She’ll be joined by analysts from NBA At present together with Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike and Kendrick Perkins, together with senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
“It’s type of the identical really feel, vibe and chemistry with the identical individuals who I get to work alongside every single day. Simply in a unique time slot,” Andrews mentioned, per the AP.
Andrews crammed in for host Mike Greenberg on quite a few events final season, whereas persevering with her function as a sideline reporter. She additionally expanded her presence on the community by internet hosting ESPN’s protection of the NBA draft and NBA draft lottery this offseason.
Andrews first rose to prominence as a reporter within the NBA’s playoff bubble in 2020. By the next 12 months, she labored as the sideline reporter through the 2021 NBA Finals and started because the host of ESPN’s afternoon NBA whip-around present.
NBA At present, which changed Rachel Nichols’s The Bounce, noticed an 8% enhance in rankings in comparison with final 12 months this September. The present’s protection of the NBA Summer season League and free company in July was probably the most watched in 5 years within the afternoon time slot.
“I’m nonetheless studying to be the most effective host I may be. I nonetheless watch each present, taking notes and taking a look at how I may be higher,” Andrews advised the AP. “You’ll be able to’t manufacture chemistry in a bottle and say, ‘OK, we’re going so as to add one and two, and rapidly that spits out chemistry on the opposite facet.’ I’ve been colleagues with Richard, Chiney and Kendrick for years, however we didn’t work collectively every single day like we do now. I do suppose going into 12 months Two, that’s going to assist as nicely.”
Andrews and the remainder of the NBA At present crew may be seen on NBA Countdown on Wednesdays, beginning in November this season. Protection begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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