NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew Returns to ESPN and ABC This Weekend with NBA Pregame Coverage

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NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew Returns to ESPN and ABC This Weekend with NBA Pregame Coverage

Coverage Tips Off Tonight at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN

  • ESPN and ABC to Feature Ten Games in Four days
  • NBA Countdown Game Preview Teasers to Feature Rap Legend Chuck D

ESPN and ABC’s NBA pregame show, NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew, will resume its pregame coverage and halftime reports tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. ET with host Maria Taylor and analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and Jay Williams. Tonight’s show will begin with a game preview teaser narrated by rap legend Chuck D.

Taylor and Rose will contribute to the show from ESPN’s Seaport studio while Pierce and Williams appear remotely. Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski, will provide live reports from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

NBA Countdown will feature special guest interviews and live reports from the NBA’s Florida campus throughout the remainder of the NBA season.

Full Weekend Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Event Commentators Network(s)  
Fri, Jul 31 6 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Fri, Jul 31 6:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Fri, Jul 31 9 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Rachel Nichols ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug1 12:30 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug 1 1 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug 1 3:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug 1 6 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Clippers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug 1 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug 2 3 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug 2 3:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug 2 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug 2 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug 3 6 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug 3 6:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug 3 9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Rachel Nichols ESPN, ESPN App  

All ESPN and ABC NBA programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.

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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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