ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: NBA Friday Stars Two Conference Matchups


ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: NBA Friday Stars Two Conference Matchups

Episode 5 of More Than An Athlete Exclusively Available on ESPN+ This Week

NBA on ESPN continues with a NBA Friday doubleheader. The 8 p.m. Eastern Conference matchup features the two seed Milwaukee Bucks and the five seed Boston Celtics. Mark Jones will provide commentary in Boston with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference nightcap. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analysts Doris Burke.

NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will tip off the evening’s coverage at 7:30 p.m. as host Michelle Beadle joins analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose to preview the doubleheader and give halftime reports.

Episode 5 of More Than An Athlete will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 18, exclusively on ESPN+, the premium direct-to-consumer sports service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. More Than An Athlete is an eight-part series that documents the journey of LeBron James and his friends/business partners Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims.

ESPN’s The Jump will air at 3 p.m. this week, hosted by Rachel Nichols and featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests.

ESPN Article: Senior ESPN writer, Ian O’Connor, sat down with New York Knicks owner, James Dolan, to discuss selling the Knicks, firing Phil Jackson, going to war w/ WFAN, mishandling the Anucha Browne Sanders case, and ending his friendship w/ Harvey Weinstein.

More digital content is available on the NBA section of, including this week’s NBA Power Rankings.

All ESPN programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.


Shakeemah Simmons-Winter

I am a senior publicist for men’s pro sports, working predominantly with the NBA and FIBA properties. I’m a Jersey City, NJ native, so I cheer for all New York sports and athletes, win or lose. I began my sports career as a small forward for JCPS #9’s elementary basketball team, and then years later gave up my hoop dreams (sort of) to work as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Knicks. Prior to working in sports, I briefly worked as an intern turned production assistant for the Wendy Williams Show. I earned a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband Matthew, and later attended New York University to earn a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. I am excited to continue my sports journey with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the sports industry.
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