ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith will host SportsCenter a lead in for ESPN’s Wednesday night NBA pregame show. SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith will premiere on October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. with a thirty minute broadcast. Joining Stephen A. Smith, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Michael Wilbon and Adrian Wojnarowski will appear on the show’s debut. ESPN will also showcase special content from Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the show’s premiere.
Stephen A. Smith said, “This is what it’s all about. This is what I have been waiting for. Stephen A. hosting in prime time, serving NBA fans with the information and passion that you’ve come to know from me.”
ESPN Production Vice President Dave Roberts added, “Stephen A. Smith’s connection with all aspects of the NBA is a huge competitive advantage that truly differentiates our network. His tireless and exemplary work ethic will serve sports fans extremely well when they tune in before marquee games on Wednesday nights throughout this highly anticipated season.”
ESPN’s NBA broadcast schedule will kick off with a doubleheader on October 23rd. The Boston Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. At 10:00 p.m., the Denver Nuggets will take on the Portland Trailblazers.