If you’re looking for a basketball finals 2022 reporter, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the scoop on the next broadcast crew, including Mark Jones and Zora Stephenson. Plus, we’ll cover how Jeff Van Gundy is going to miss Game 1 after testing positive for COVID-19.
Zora Stephenson will be the sideline reporter
Zora Stephenson is a former player and three-year starter for the Elon women’s basketball team. She currently serves as a sideline reporter and digital reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks. She is also the first woman to do play-by-play for the Milwaukee Bucks in the franchise’s 53-year history. Previously, she worked as an on-air contributor for a Milwaukee radio station.
Stephenson, who has been the sideline reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks for the past two seasons, will continue to work with NBC Sports after the Tokyo Olympics. Her duties will include basketball coverage on multiple platforms, as well as Olympic coverage.
Stephenson previously served as a basketball analyst in Denver and on the Colonial Athletic Association championship. She played college basketball at Elon University, where she holds the school record for 3-point percentage in a season. After graduating, she spent two years as a starter for the Phoenix Suns, where she played 121 games.
In addition to basketball, Stephenson will also cover the USFL and Notre Dame Football. She joined NBC Sports in July 2021. She has covered two Olympics, serving as the NBC Olympics Twitter host during the Beijing Winter Games and as a basketball reporter for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. She also served as a sideline reporter for the 2022 Notre Dame Football Pro Day. She also worked on NBC Sports’ Truth and Service Classic.
Zora Stephenson will join the Bucks broadcast team, which includes Jim Paschke, Marques Johnson, and Steve Novak. Stephenson will make her FOX Sports Wisconsin debut on September 12 as a part of the Bucks Town Hall show. The show will air from 7 to 8 p.m. The first show will feature Sterling Brown, general manager Jon Horst, and head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Mike Breen will be the play-by-play announcer
Known for his deadpan delivery, Mike Breen made his broadcasting debut in the early 1980s as a sportscaster for WNBC. He also hosted a sports segment on WFAN, a nationally syndicated radio show, from 1988 to 2000. Breen lives on Long Island with his wife, Rosanne.
Breen has been out with COVID for the past two weeks, but will be back on Wednesday night to call the Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. In the interim, he will be replaced by Mark Jones. Jones has been calling the Eastern Conference finals on radio alongside Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Meanwhile, Lisa Salters will report from the sideline for Breen.
Breen’s name may have become more familiar to NBA fans after announcing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. The longtime broadcaster has also been the play-by-play announcer for New York Knicks games for the MSG Network.
ESPN has a long-standing tradition of NBA Finals broadcasts. The network’s broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Mike Breen, analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, and reporter Lisa Salters. This combination has called 14 NBA Finals as a trio and holds the record for most finals as a team. In addition to Breen, Salters will return for a second time.
The first game of the 2022 NBA Finals will be called live on ESPN. ESPN will also broadcast content from the NBA Marketing’s NBA Finals Watch Party atop the Seaport District Studios in Brooklyn. The broadcast will be broadcast on ESPN, so fans can enjoy the game from anywhere.
Breen’s absence is a huge blow to the NBA Finals broadcasters. Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen are both suffering from COVID. Therefore, they won’t be able to broadcast the game live from the Chase Center.
Breen has had great success with viewers of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals. He has the ability to distinguish between teams and players while delivering detailed analysis and commentary. Breen has also become an industry staple and is widely respected by sports fans.
Mark Jones will be the analyst
Mark Jones is taking over the calling duties for the 2022 NBA Finals on ESPN. He recently stepped in to replace Mike Breen, who was unable to broadcast the Eastern Conference Finals due to COVID-19. In his last broadcast, the Boston Celtics stunned the Golden State Warriors with a fourth-quarter comeback. The Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final frame and won a 120-108 decision in San Francisco.
Despite being a great broadcaster, Jones has had a tough year this season. He missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals because of COVID-19, which he is currently battling. Thankfully, the Boston Celtics won the game, and Jones was able to replace Breen. The Boston Celtics will now play the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals, and Mark Jones will be on the sideline as the play-by-play announcer.
The other big news for the 2022 Finals is that ESPN has announced Jeff Van Gundy will call Game 2 of the series between the Boston Celtics and the Warriors. This comes after Van Gundy was forced to miss Game 1 of the series because he tested positive for COVID-19. However, the two former Celtics coaches are still expected to be able to call the game.
ESPN reshuffled its broadcast team after Breen’s injury, but the network ultimately decided to use veteran broadcaster Mark Jones as the play-by-play announcer. The new broadcast team will also feature basketball analyst Mark Jackson. In addition to Jones, ESPN also brought on Lisa Salters as sideline reporter. The two women are highly talented and versatile journalists.
Mark Jones has been working for ESPN since 1990. Prior to joining the ESPN family, he had worked for The Sports Network in Canada. He also hosted the Toronto Blue Jays’ magazine show. ESPN has extended his contract with the network through 2022. However, he will not be calling Game 7, but he hopes to be back for Game 1 and the rest of the Finals.
ESPN is known for its three-man broadcast booth for the NBA Finals. Jones will be joining the already stellar cast of ESPN’s broadcast booth. In addition to Jones, the network has brought on former Golden State head coach Mark Jackson and analyst Lisa Salters. Together, this will be the first all-Black broadcast booth in the history of the NBA Finals.
Jeff Van Gundy will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals after testing positive for COVID-19
ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Van Gundy will miss Game 1 of NBA Finals 2022 after testing positive for the drug COVID-19. The coach did not sound like himself during Game 7. The network is hopeful that he can return in time for Game 2 in San Francisco. However, ESPN hopes that Van Gundy will be cleared in time for Game 2. Wojnarowski could return for Game 3, but is not certain whether he will be able to continue working for ESPN until his recovery process is complete.
Regardless, the NBA Finals will still go on without Van Gundy. He will be replaced by Mark Jones for the Eastern Conference Finals. Though ESPN is stepping up its coverage of the Finals, there is no guarantee that Breen will be able to work the game.
Van Gundy’s absence is particularly baffling, as he was the only NBA analyst to miss Game 7 due to COVID-19. While Breen’s absence is disappointing, he remains hopeful that he will return in time to broadcast Game 2 in San Francisco.
In addition to Van Gundy, ESPN has also announced that Mike Breen, a color commentator, will not be working Game 1 because of his COVID-19 positive status. Breen also missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to the same reasons.
ESPN hopes to have Van Gundy back on the bench for Game 2 on Friday. Van Gundy is a former NBA head coach who coached the Houston Rockets from 1996 to 2007. He joined ESPN in 2007 as a lead NBA analyst. Wojnarowski also appears on “NBA Countdown,” which breaks NBA news.