This Friday, the Sixers face the Thunder on ESPN. But it’s not going to be just any national TV broadcast. ESPN is basically turning into SixersTV for the day, for better or worse, with Philadelphia All Access.
So what does that actually mean? Here’s what the day on ESPN will feature (some good, some great, some ughhhh):
- Jeff Van Gundy’s one-on-one interview with Sixers head coach Brett Brown;
- Doris Burke’s interview with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo;
- Stephen A. Smith, former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, on site in Philadelphia for First Take (10 a.m. – noon) and SC6 (6 p.m.);
- Joel Embiid to appear live with Stephen A. Smith on First Take;
- Footage from this Thursday’s Sixers practice to air on SportsCenter AM Friday morning;
- Doris Burke will conduct a one-on-one interview with Ben Simmons;
- An exclusive look inside the training program of Markelle Fultz, as he works toward a return to the court with Todd Wright, Sixers assistant coach and head of strength and conditioning;
- A feature on the Sixers team executive chef JaeHee Cho;
- Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil to appear on the The Ryen Russillo Show (between 1-4 p.m.), plus guests on Golic & Wingo (6-10 a.m.) on ESPN Radio;
- Several Sixers-related com pieces throughout the week, including Ramona Shelburne on Joel Embiid, and Kevin Arnovitz on Ben Simmons and his love of Australian Rules Football;
- ESPN NBA reporters Royce Young, Ian Begley and Nick Metallinos (ESPN Australia) on-site in Philadelphia;
- Sixers content on ESPN’s daily NBA show, The Jump, at 3 p.m.
ESPN Australia reporter on-site? I’m in. Feature on the Sixers chef? Oh yeah. An “exclusive look inside the training program” of Fultz? Nervous but ready. Doris Burke interviewing Bryan Colangelo and Scott O’Neil making an appearance with Russillo? Those things are also happening.
Is all-day DVR a thing? You might just have to clear off those old episodes of Chopped you aren’t going to watch anyway.