Former President of Basketball Operations and General Manager for the Golden State Warriors, Bob Myers close to joining ESPN’s NBA Countdown is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to become an analyst, as per Ryan Glasspiegel from the New York Post.
Bob Myers Close to Joining ESPN’s NBA Countdown
Bob Myers, aged 48, played a crucial role in the Golden State Warriors‘ four championships over the last nine years. However, after the 2022-23 season, he stepped down from his front-office position, with Mike Dunleavy Jr. taking over as the team’s general manager.
Myers, who had previously worked as an agent before joining the Warriors, has a prior connection with ESPN. During the past season, he hosted the Lead By Example podcast, which was “produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions and distributed on ESPN’s multimedia platforms,” according to Glasspiegel.
For the 2023-24 season, NBA Countdown is undergoing some changes.
Malika Andrews is reportedly set to become the show’s new host, replacing Mike Greenberg, as reported by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Jalen Rose, one of the show’s former analysts, was part of ESPN’s significant layoff of on-air talent in late June.
Andrews had previously served as a host on the show, but not during the NBA Finals or primetime broadcasts. She will also continue in her role as the host of NBA Today.
Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon, long-standing ESPN figures, will remain on the show. Adrian Wojnarowski will continue in his role as the program’s news-breaking insider, and Lisa Salters will remain the sideline reporter.
The top broadcasting team will consist of Mike Breen, Doris Burke, and Doc Rivers, with the latter two replacing Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson.
Myers will provide a front-office perspective to ESPN’s basketball coverage, offering valuable insights into personnel decisions and the business aspect of the NBA. It remains to be seen whether ESPN will also seek a former NBA player to replace Jalen Rose on NBA Countdown, providing a player’s perspective on the league.