New Orleans Pelican Guard CJ McCullum joins ESPN as NBA analyst. McCullum will make his debut on Thursday in an alternate broadcast of ESPN 2 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.
In addition to his work in the NBA Finals, McCullum will work with ESPN on a podcast that will be available on all streaming platforms. He will also serve as a game analyst for ESPN coverage of the NBA Summer League and contributes to year-round studio analysis at NBA Countdown, NBA Today, Sports Center, Get Up, and First Tech, among other platforms.
“It’s an honor to join the ESPN family in this new role, and based on the game I’ve achieved over the nine years as a player, I’m excited to bring my unique perspective to what I feel. The NBA, “said McCullum. “With so many talented professionals at ESPN, having the opportunity to use my journalistic background on the biggest stage has come true.”
David Roberts, ESPN chief of the NBA and Studio Productions, added: “CJ is one of the NBA’s most respected players, as evidenced by his role as president of the NBA PA. In addition, he is a very talented member – and the leader of one of the most interesting teams in the league: the New Orleans Pelicans. CJ’s commitment to this opportunity, combined with his passion for journalism and sports broadcasting, will be an obvious benefit to NBA fans. “
McCullum spent eight seasons with the Portland Trailblazers before trading with the Pelicans in the 2021-22 season. He averaged 24.3 points in 26 games against the Pelicans and helped them to the playoffs, but New Orleans were knocked out by Phoenix in the first round.