Twitter customers gave Malika Andrews high-fives for her protection of the NBA Finals Tuesday (July 20) as a sideline reporter.

For some, it was particularly satisfying to see Andrews’ superb job after ESPN eliminated veteran reporter Rachel Nichols from masking the basketball champions.

The sports activities community changed Nichols as a result of she was recorded making disparaging feedback concerning the work of her Black colleague Maria Taylor.

Right here’s a clip from Andrews’ interview with Giannis Antetokounmpo of the world champions Milwaukee Bucks.

ESPN broadcaster Stan Verrett mentioned Andrews is “a star.” She requested the precise query to the ballplayers within the chaos of the publish recreation celebration.

ESPN colleague Adam Schefter mentioned it was “very spectacular” to look at Andrews interview the gamers.

The New York Occasions obtained clips that confirmed Nichols speaking to LeBron James’ advisor Adam Mendelsohn whereas she was within the NBA bubble final July. She was reportedly unaware that the video digicam was recording whereas she was talking on the cellphone.

“I want Maria Taylor all of the success on the planet — she covers soccer, she covers basketball,” Nichols mentioned in a single clip. “If it’s essential to give her extra issues to do as a result of you’re feeling strain about your crappy longtime report on range — which, by the best way, I do know personally from the feminine facet of it — like, go for it. Simply discover it some other place. You aren’t going to seek out it from me or taking my factor away.”

She added: “I simply need them to go some other place — it’s in my contract, by the best way; this job is in my contract in writing.”

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