Doug Collins to replace Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown

Doug Collins to replace Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown

Postby Basketball Fan on Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:34 pm ... mer-coach/

Michael Wilbon’s Role on NBA Countdown to be Diminished, Replaced on Set by Former Coach

Michael Wilbon’s role on ESPN’s NBA Countdown will be diminished next season, and taking his spot on the set will most likely be former 76ers coach Doug Collins, multiple sources told The Big Lead.

The move is primarily so that Wilbon can return to focusing on the show that made him a star, Pardon the Interruption. In recent years, Wilbon has increasingly appeared on PTI via remote – from Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Arizona, etc – diluting some of the outstanding chemistry he’s built up with longtime friend Tony Kornheiser.

Wilbon’s frequent travel has also led to PTI replacing him with Bob Ryan or J.A. Adande, and the end result of both of those factors is that ratings for the show have sagged in the last two years, sources say.

An ESPN spokesman told The Big Lead, ”We’re still in the process of finalizing our commentator plans for this season.”

On the dip in PTI ratings, ESPN stressed the show is “a great performer with a loyal following.”

The rest of the 2012-2013 Countdown cast – Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Magic Johnson – has notified ESPN they will return to the show.

Wilbon will still appear on NBA Countdown occasionally, but his seat on the set will be filled by a former NBA coach, and Collins is currently the leader. Two other coaches are in the mix, but Collins has reached the negotiating stage, sources tell The Big Lead.

Collins has extensive TV experience, from NBA on NBC to NBA on TNT. One source says Collins still wants to be a game analyst, and will occasionally do that for ESPN. But his primary role will be on the set.

This will be the second straight year ESPN Countdown has juggled the cast. Last summer, the show added Simmons and Rose … and tried to add Stan Van Gundy before David Stern nixed it.
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Re: Doug Collins to replace Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown

Postby JSM on Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:41 pm

Collins will be better than Simmons on there. I imagine Wilbon's role will increase come post-season or huge games.

I wonder how many MJ stories per telecast we'll have to listen to. You would think eventually he'd run out of MJ material. I appreciate inside stories and anecdotes about his time with MJ -- but it's time to give it a rest.
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Re: Doug Collins to replace Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown

Postby S.R.05 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:58 pm

meh. doug collins is boring. i liked wilbon on there
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Re: Doug Collins to replace Michael Wilbon on NBA Countdown

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:51 am

Didn't watch much of this because of Wilbon..... His constant politicizing of anything and everything isn't what I watch the game for. Collins will be a welcome relief.
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