CJ McCollum, the president of the National Basketball Players Association and a New Orleans guard, has added another title to his busy schedule: NBA analyst for ESPN.
The Pelicans star has signed a multiplatform partnership with the network, which was unveiled on Monday. On Thursday, he’ll make his ESPN debut during “NBA Finals: Celebrating 75,” ESPN2’s alternate broadcast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
McCollum has a journalism degree from Lehigh University and has previously worked as an analyst for ESPN.
In a statement, McCollum stated, “I am excited to bring what I feel is my unique perspective, based on my vast knowledge of the game that I’ve gained during my nine years as a player in the NBA.” “To have an opportunity to put my journalism background to use on the largest stage with the many talented professionals at ESPN is a dream come true.”
McCollum will work with ESPN on a new podcast. He’ll also serve as an analyst for games during NBA Summer League coverage, as well as appear on studio broadcasts throughout the year.
“CJ is one of the most respected players in the NBA, which is evident by his role as President of the NBA PA. Furthermore, he’s an extremely talented member of — and leader on — one of the most interesting teams in the league: the New Orleans Pelicans,” said David Roberts, ESPN head of NBA and studio production. “CJ’s commitment to this opportunity, combined with his passion for journalism and sports broadcasting, will be a clear benefit for NBA fans.”
Near the February trade deadline, McCollum was traded from Portland to New Orleans. When he joined the Pelicans, he averaged 24.3 points per game and helped them reach the playoffs.
McCollum is one of a growing number of players who work as analysts year-round while still playing. Chiney Ogwumike, a forward with the Los Angeles Sparks, has worked for ESPN since 2018, including presenting an afternoon radio show. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors signed a multiplatform deal with Turner Sports in January.