ESPN just can’t seem to find the right mix of people for its NBA pregame show. Every couple of years, the Worldwide Leader rolls out a new crew for NBA Countdown, hoping they’ve finally found the right ingredients for a show that can match what Turner Sports has in Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.
The Worldwide Leader can’t seem to find that, though (and they probably never will, given how great TNT’s show is).
ESPN continues to try, however..
According to a report from the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, ESPN is once again shaking up the cast of NBA Countdown. One of the show’s analysts, Jay Williams, is reportedly out.
NEWSLETTER: Jay Williams is out on NBA Countdown as shakeup continues, Post+ has learned.https://t.co/Rlherkxlti
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) September 27, 2021
The former Duke Blue Devils star has a lot on his plate these days. He co-hosts ESPN’s morning radio show with Max Kellerman and Keyshawn Johnson. He’s also been a big part of the network’s college basketball and NBA coverage.
However, he will reportedly no longer appear on NBA Countdown.
ESPN will once again attempt to put out a better pregame show product.
“For ESPN to be the worldwide leader in sports their pregame shows are absolutely awful in both the NBA and NFL,” one fan wrote.
Williams might be better suited for college basketball.
“I really like Jay w/Seth Greenberg talkin basketball. Play well off each other,” one fan wrote.
No way.. it’s built for incredible wings and bigs.what’s the most explosive PG you know that has participated in the triangle offense? https://t.co/1z2M7nVOc7
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) September 22, 2021
It’s unclear what exactly ESPN is planning for its NBA coverage this season, but there will likely be several shakeups.
ESPN is also in need of a new host for the NBA Finals, with Rachel Nichols out and Maria Taylor at NBC.
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