ESPN announces brand new NBA show hosted by Malika Andrews
ESPN announced Monday that Malika Andrews will be the host of NBA Today, a daily show that will begin on Oct. 18. That’s right before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season.
Andrews is getting a multi-year contract extension along with it. Here are more details on who will be involved with this show:
Andrews will be joined by ESPN NBA analysts Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, Vince Carter and ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe to form the NBA Today panel. Additionally, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN NBA Insider and Senior Writer Ramona Shelburne will be among several top ESPN NBA reporters contributing updates from around the league.
This is replacing the Rachel Nichols-led show, The Jump. Nichols is on her way out at ESPN after a taped phone call of her making racist comments in the bubble was leaked. Nichols suggested former colleague Maria Taylor was given a 2020 NBA Finals assignment because ESPN was “feeling pressure” about encouraging racial diversity.
Taylor has since left ESPN and joined NBC.
Andrews replaced Nichols as the courtside reporter for the 2021 NBA Finals after this story broke, and then The Jump got canceled during the offseason. The final episode of The Jump will air on Oct. 8.
Given the fact that Andrews got Nichols’ spot in the most recent Finals, it’s no surprise that she’s getting tabbed for this new gig. It does seem like the show will be very similar to The Jump based on the people involved, but hopefully it will bring some fresh NBA coverage to the table.
The show will air Monday-Friday from 3-4 p.m. ET.