Earlier today, ESPN NBA analyst and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown answered media questions to preview NBA games playing on Christmas Day (more coverage details can be found here.) This is the 15th consecutive season that ESPN and NBA will combine to televise five NBA games on Christmas Day. Over 13 hours of NBA action … Read More
Say what you will about 2016, but it kept us on our toes. It was the year that proved just about anything can happen if given the chance. It was the year we learned that baseball fans who had suffered for 108 years could win. That an NBA team could fire its coach midseason and still become champ. That an NFL team could dominate after replacing a Pro Bowl quarterback with a rookie. That the winningest team in NBA history could add the game’s top free agent, just because. It was the year college football’s top programs could thrive on inexperience, and an unbeatable fighter could recover from defeat—by disappearing. Who’d have thought all of that could happen in one year? The cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “Anything’s Possible” issue features champions Simone Biles, David Ross, and J.R. Smith.
The tradition continues as Christmas will be home to the NBA on ABC and ESPN for the 15th consecutive season. On Sunday, Dec. 25, ABC and ESPN will combine to present over 13 consecutive hours of NBA action over five games, highlighted by the much-anticipated rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history – the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
To complement ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the NBA during Christmas Day and in an effort to serve a broader Hispanic audience, ESPN2 will simulcast ESPN Deportes’ Spanish-language coverage of the L.A. Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers as the two teams meet for the first time this season, live at 10:30 p.m. ET.
ESPNU and ESPNews will combine to televise 12 regular-season NBA Development League (D-League) games for the 2016-17 season. The slate will begin Thursday, Dec. 8 when the Delaware 87ers visit the Westchester Knicks at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. On Friday, Jan. 20, ESPNU will televise four NBA D-League Showcase games including three spotlighting the league’s … Read More
ESPN today announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and sports icon, will return to the company and re-join NBA Countdown as a studio analyst this season, first appearing as part of ABC’s Christmas NBA coverage. From there, Johnson will join NBA Countdown pre-game coverage for the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series – the NBA’s marquee game of the week, starting Jan. 21, 2017.
ESPN will take its NBA studio shows – NBA Countdown and The Jump – as well as SportsCenter to the ‘Windy City’ on Friday, Dec. 2, for on-site coverage leading up to – and through – the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade vs. Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James showdown at 8 p.m. ET, which airs on ESPN.
The NFL Chemistry Issue explores the various personalities and elements that either bring teams together – or tear them apart. Highlights include a cover story on Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr as well as features on Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, Buffalo Bills’ Richie Incognito and more.
The Mag’s Tall Ball Issue is an exploration of how height has impacted the NBA and college hoops, and how it will continue to impact the game of basketball in the future.
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