ESPN Adds Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons to 'NBA Countdown'
Duo joins Wilbon, Johnson on NBA pregame show; Broussard, Barry assigned to new roles
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/18/2012 1:43:45 PM
The duo will join returning commentators Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Michael Wilbon. Simmons is most known for his weekly columns that run on ESPN's sports/pop-culture website, Grantland, while Rose has been an analyst for both the NBA and college basketball for the past few years. Chris Broussard will shift to a reporter role for ESPN's game coverage, while Jon Barry will now serve as a game analyst.
The new Kia NBA Countdown team will debut Nov. 2.
"The unique, diverse perspectives of our new commentator team fit perfectly with the show's free-flowing format," said Mark Gross, ESPN's senior VP and executive producer. "Bill brings a deep knowledge of the league past and present, an entertaining style and an ability to articulate his inventive thoughts from a fan's point of view. Jalen's lengthy playing experience and his strong, informed opinions will give fans great insight into how and why things happen on the court. They join a team that includes one of the greatest players of all time and one of our most versatile and engaging commentators."
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