Malika Andrews is taking on expanded role at ESPN for the NBA season

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Malika Andrews and the rest of the NBA Today crew are set to take on another role this upcoming NBA season on ESPN.

The network announced Thursday that Andrews will serve as the host of NBA Countdown on Wednesday during the 2022-23 campaign. He will be joined by NBA Today analysts including Richard Jefferson, Chi Ogwumike and Kendrick Perkins, as well as senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

“It is a kind of feel, vibe and chemistry with the people that I get to work with every day. Just in a different time slot,” Andrews said according to the AP.

Andrews worked for host Mike Greenberg on several occasions last season, while continuing his role as a sideline reporter. He expanded his presence on the network this off-season by hosting ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft and the NBA Draft Lottery.

Andrews first rose to prominence in the 2020 NBA playoff bubble as a reporter. By the following year, he served as a sideline reporter during the 2021 NBA Finals and debuted as the host of ESPN’s afternoon NBA whip-around show.

NBA Today, who replaced Rachel Nichols’ The Jump, saw an 8% increase in ratings compared to September last year. The show’s coverage of the NBA Summer League and free agency in July was the most watched in the afternoon time slot in five years.

“I’m still learning to be the best host I can be. I still watch every show, take notes and see how I can get better,” Andrews told the AP. I can’t build up the chemistry and say, ‘Okay, we’re going to add two more, and suddenly the other side spits out the chemistry.’ I’ve been an ally of Richard, Sugar, and Kendrick for years, but we didn’t work together every day like we do now. I think going into year two would also help. ,

Andrews and the rest of the NBA Today crew can be seen this season at the NBA Countdown starting in November on Wednesday. Coverage starts at 7 pm. ET.

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