Rachel Nichols was slated to be a side reporter for the NBA Finals, but after everything that happened that week, ESPN decided to move. ESPN announced Tuesday that Malika will replace Andrews Nichols as a side reporter during the NBA final between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Nichols will continue to host “The Jump”.
Nichols reportedly criticized ESPN last year for choosing Maria Taylor to cover her on the sidelines of the NBA finals.
“If you have to give her more to do because you’re feeling pressure from your crappy long-term record of diversity – which I know personally, by the way – then just do it, just look elsewhere.”
Nichols apologized on Monday’s “The Jump,” a show she co-hosted on ESPN. The network said that Nichols will continue to host “The Jump” during the NBA Finals.