Malika Andrews replaced Rachel Nichols during ESPN's sideline coverage of the NBA Finals, but now it appears she will also receive a show in place of Nichols'.
On Monday, ESPN revealed that Rachel Nichols and her show, "The Jump," will be replaced by Malika Andrews and a new daily NBA show called, "NBA Today." Much like "The Jump," the upcoming hour-long show will provide coverage of various NBA current events.
The move comes after an audio leaked of Nichols insinuating that her colleague, Malika Andrews, received an assignment over her because of her race. After Nichols was removed from the network's sideline coverage of the NBA Finals, her show was canceled.
The new show was included in Malika Andrews' multi-year contract extension with ESPN. The 26-year-old will be joined by other NBA analysts, including Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, Vince Carter, Zach Lowe, Adrian Wojnarowski, and Ramona Shelburne, once "The Jump" completes its run on Friday, October 8.
"It's an incredible time to cover the NBA -- a league that is full of characters and stories that have resonance far beyond the sports world," Andrews said in a press release. "Our goal every day is to deliver information and analysis to our viewers that can't be gleaned anywhere else. I'm so excited to showcase the league and the talented reporters, analysts and insiders on our team."
"NBA Today" will premiere on October 18 on ESPN2, one day before the new NBA season begins.