Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming! Anthony Davis Returns to New Orleans for the First Time This Wednesday on ESPN


Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming! Anthony Davis Returns to New Orleans for the First Time This Wednesday on ESPN

  • Lakers vs. Pelicans Exclusive in the New Orleans Market
  • Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart Face Lakers for the First Time
  • Rachel Nichols Sits Down with Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge
  • Hoop Streams Live from TD Garden with Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins and Gary Striewski

On ESPN’s Thanksgiving Eve blockbuster doubleheader, six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis returns to New Orleans for the first time since being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis makes his return to the Smoothie King Center in the 9:30 p.m. ET nightcap, as the New Orleans Pelicans host the Los Angeles Lakers. Play-by-play commentator Mark Jones, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Jorge Sedano will be courtside to call the action. The NBA Wednesday doubleheader tips off at 7 p.m. in Boston, exclusively on ESPN, when the Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets. Play-by-play commentator Mike Breen will call the action with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Israel Gutierrez.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s innovative, on-site digital pregame show, will be live from TD Garden at 6:30 p.m., ahead of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics matchup, with host Cassidy Hubbarth, analyst and former Celtic Kendrick Perkins, and commentator Gary Striewski. The show will feature appearances from special guests and top commentators including ESPN Reporters Malika Andrews and Christine Williamson.  Hoop Streams is available on the ESPN App, and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Wed, Nov. 27 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Mike Breen, Doris Burke, Israel Gutierrez
Wed, Nov. 27 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Jorge Sedano

During Tuesday’s episode of The Jump, host Rachel Nichols will sit down with Celtics President and General Manager, Danny Ainge, to discuss Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and expectations for the team this season. The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs at 3 p.m. with Nichols and a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and special guests.

NBA 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.