She replaces former host Sage Steele, who will be leading ESPN's "SportsCenter on the Road" coverage that includes the finals.
Though Black Twitter celebrated like she was, Steele was not technically fired. Unfortunately, everybody still remembers her action and it might be the main reason why she is being replaced by Michelle Beadle in NBA Countdown.
Why did ESPN replace Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle on "NBA Countdown" just days before the start of the playoffs?
What made Steele's removal from "NBA Countdown" even more controversial was that the announcement was made on the day that ESPN issued new reporting guidelines, in which news personalities are restricted from discussing political issues on the network's platforms.
Sage Steele was harshly compared to Stacey Dash for their views that have alienated the Black community.
Beadle will host the network's coverage throughout postseason including the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals.
Steele has been involved in a couple of political controversies over the past year.
Beadle, who has been hosting NBA Countdown on Wednesdays and Fridays, will also continue to co-host SportsNation during the week. "It's the best job in sports". "Did I mention that [San Antonio Spurs forward] Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of the league?"
Social media users, who have taken Steele to task over her conservative commentary, had a field day with her demotion.
"Instead of praising or uplifting each other, way too many people of color choose to tear down, mock and spew hatred at other blacks who feel differently, think differently, or make decisions that are different from theirs", Steele wrote on her Facebook page.
Steele also experienced backlash when she criticized the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans when he sat during the national anthem before a November game against the Chicago bears in protest of Trump's election.