ESPN’s NBA Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight with Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers


ESPN’s NBA Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight with Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers

ESPN will nationally televise five 2020 NBA preseason games, beginning tonight, Dec. 11, as the Portland Trail Blazers host the Sacramento Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET. Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary with analyst Richard Jefferson from their homes.

A special pregame edition of The Jump, ESPN’s NBA news and discussion show, will lead into game coverage at 10 p.m. with journalist and host Rachel Nichols and analysts Paul Pierce and David Fizdale.

On Sunday, Dec. 13 the defending Champion Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers take the court in Staples Center for the first time since March for a preseason matchup. Game coverage begins at 8:30 p.m., with play-by-play commentator Mike Breen and analyst Mark Jackson calling the action from their homes.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Fri, Dec. 11 10:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers Ryan Ruocco, Richard Jefferson
Sun, Dec. 13 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Mike Breen, Mark Jackson

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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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