ESPN’s 2021 NBA Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight with Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets
Beth Mowins, Brian Custer to Call First NBA Preseason Games
ESPN will nationally televise six 2021 NBA preseason matchups, with the schedule tipping off tonight, October 7, on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat visit Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets . Play-by-play commentator Brian Custer will call his first NBA preseason game on ESPN with analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
Preseason game coverage continues with a Sunday night ESPN doubleheader on October 10. The defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, starring reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, starring Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beth Mowins will provide play-by-play commentary for her first NBA preseason game alongside analyst Richard Jefferson. The matchup will be subject to local blackout restrictions in the Milwaukee market. In the 10 p.m. nightcap, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. Mark Jones will call the action from Staples Center with analyst Mark Jackson.
|Thu, Oct 7||10 p.m.||Miami Heat at Houston Rockets||Brian Custer, Jeff Van Gundy||ESPN2, ESPN App|
|Sun, Oct 10||7:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Milwaukee Bucks||Beth Mowins, Richard Jefferson||ESPN, ESPN App|
|10 p.m.||Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers||Mark Jones, Mark Jackson||ESPN, ESPN App|
NBA Tip-off Anthem
The NBA on ESPN Brand Marketing team launched the 2021-22 NBA Tip-off anthem, Anyone’s Time, in partnership with its creative agency Arts & Letters. The overarching story tells fans that this upcoming NBA season will be unlike any other, with the potential of being the most competitive season in years. The rising young stars are taking the league by storm with veterans trying to cement their legacy. It is truly an unpredictable season and will be ANYONE’S TIME.
ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe ranked every team from top to bottom with the 12th annual ‘NBA tiers’, his alternative to power rankings. He assesses title shots, long shots and no shots for the 2021-22 season.
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