ESPN to Nationally Televise Five 2020 NBA Preseason Games Starting December 11


ESPN to Nationally Televise Five 2020 NBA Preseason Games Starting December 11

Multiple Appearances by Defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis

  • Kevin Durant Back in Action and Kyrie Irving Slated for Boston Return as Nets Visit Celtics
  • Stephen Curry Returns as Golden State Warriors Visit Sacramento Kings

ESPN today announced it will nationally televise five 2020 NBA preseason games, starting Friday, December 11, as the Portland Trail Blazers with Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony host the Sacramento Kings and De’Aaron Fox at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The ESPN preseason schedule will include two appearances by the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers will host the LA Clippers and Kawhi Leonard on Sunday, December 13, at 8:30 p.m. The Lakers will then visit the Phoenix Suns and their marquee backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker on Friday, December 18, at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

In addition, Kevin Durant returns to action and Kyrie Irving returns to Boston as the Brooklyn Nets visit the Celtics and Jayson Tatum on Friday, December 18, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry returns to the court as the Golden State Warriors visit the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, December 17, at 9 p.m.

2020 ESPN NBA preseason schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Platform
Fri, Dec. 11 10:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN, ESPN App
Sun, Dec. 13 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers ESPN, ESPN App
Thu, Dec. 17 9 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Dec. 18 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics ESPN2, ESPN App
Fri, Dec. 18 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns ESPN, 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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