ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its fourth season on 3/16/19; has yet to be renewed for a fifth season
DESCRIPTION: (from ESPN's press release, January 2019) The fourth season of ESPN's NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming launches this weekend, Jan. 19, with a week one showdown. The Houston Rockets and M.V.P. candidate James Harden will host the Los Angeles Lakers, who are led by LeBron James, at 8:30 p.m. ET. (James is currently recovering from injury and his status is unclear). NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC generally starts at 8:30 p.m. each week with NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless preceding the broadcast at 8 p.m. The weekly broadcasts will air on ABC and stream via the ESPN App. The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast team will reunite to serve as the voices of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC - Mike Breen will provide the call alongside analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Additionally, Lisa Salters will join the trio for her fourth season as the reporter for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC. Michelle Beadle will host NBA Countdown with analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce. ABC will also broadcast a special matinee edition of the series on Saturday, Jan. 19 - NBA Saturday presented by HyperX Gaming - as the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid host the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The game airs at 3:30 p.m. with Mark Jones, analyst, and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez calling the action. NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC broadcasts will also feature additional production elements, including multiple Super Slo Mo cameras to provide compelling replays. Select NBA players will also be mic'd up each week.