“Guess who’s the dumb b*tch now?” ESPN’s Malika Andrews set to replace former “NBA Countdown” host Rachel Nichols


“Guess who’s the dumb b*tch now?” ESPN’s Malika Andrews set to replace former “NBA Countdown” host Rachel Nichols

Malika Andrews

This next NBA season, Malika Andrews and the rest of the NBA Today team will take on a new role at ESPN. Andrews will anchor NBA Countdown on Wednesdays during the 2022-23 season, the network said Thursday. She will be joined by NBA Today commentators Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike, and Kendrick Perkins, as well as senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski. “It has the same feel, energy, and chemistry with the same folks I get to work with every day.” “It’s just a new time period,” Andrews explained.

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Malika Andrews
Malika Andrews

The majority of the coverage will come from ESPN’s Los Angeles studio, which is located across the street from Crypto.com Arena, home of the Lakers and Clippers. Andrews stood in for Mike Greenberg at times last season and admitted she was scared for the first couple. She believes there will be less nervousness this time around because the cast is familiar. Andrews’ position is also expanded as a result of the relocation. She hosted the NBA draught and lottery coverage for the network in addition to taking over “NBA Today” last year and continuing her job as a sideline reporter.

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Malika Andrews’ rise to prominence in the NBA world

Malika Andrews
Malika Andrews

Andrews rose to popularity in 2020 as a reporter on the NBA’s postseason bubble. By the following year, she was a sideline reporter for the 2021 NBA Finals and the host of ESPN’s midday NBA whip-around show. This September, NBA Today, which replaced Rachel Nichols’ The Jump, witnessed an 8% boost in ratings compared to previous year. The show’s coverage of the NBA Summer League and free agency in July was the highest watched in the afternoon time slot in five years.

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“I’m still learning to be the best host I can be. I still watch every show, taking notes and looking at how I can be better,” Malika Andrews said. “You can’t manufacture chemistry in a bottle and say, ‘OK, we’re going to add one and two, and all of a sudden that spits out chemistry on the other side.’ I’ve been colleagues with Richard, Chiney and Kendrick for years, but we didn’t work together every day like we do now. I do think going into Year Two, that is going to help as well.”

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