Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & James Worthy to Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose & Chauncey Billups for Special Edition of NBA Countdown This Friday

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & James Worthy to Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose & Chauncey Billups for Special Edition of NBA Countdown This Friday

Legendary Members of 1987 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Team to Discuss Storied ‘87 NBA Finals in its 30th Anniversary Year

ESPN will air a special edition of NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, featuring Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, this Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy, both legendary members of the famed 1987 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team,  will join NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups, in studio, halfway through the one-hour show.

Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy will discuss the storied rivalry between the two iconic franchises, including the 1987 NBA Finals, which is now in its 30th anniversary year. The duo will also help preview Friday’s Lakers-Boston Celtics matchup, which airs on ESPN at 8 p.m., immediately following NBA Countdown. Abdul-Jabbar has made guest appearances on ESPN’s The Jump this season.

Entering NBA action on Feb. 2, both the Lakers and the Celtics have accumulated 3,252 regular-season wins, which is the most in NBA history.

ESPN Films is set to premiere a 30 for 30 in June focusing on the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. The film is produced by Jonathan Hock and directed by Jim Podhoretz.

For more information on ESPN’s NBA coverage, including this weekend’s ABC broadcasts, visit ESPN Media Zone.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.

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I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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