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ESPN’s Reunion Night: LeBron James Returns to Cleveland for Lakers vs. Cavaliers (Exclusively on ESPN in Cleveland Market)

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This Wednesday, ESPN will televise a blockbuster Thanksgiving Eve basketball tripleheader as LeBron James returns to Cleveland for the first time since joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. The Lakers take on the Cavaliers at 8 p.m. ET with Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke providing commentary. The game is exclusively on ESPN in the Cleveland market.

The NBA on ESPN’s “Reunion Night” continues at 10:30 p.m. when Kevin Durant hosts his former team as the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Dave Pasch and analyst Chauncey Billups will call the action. NBA Countdown will lead off ESPN’s NBA coverage at 7 p.m. with host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Paul Pierce.

ESPN’s Thanksgiving Eve tripleheader tips off at 5 p.m. with the Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship game as part of Feast Week presented by Lowe’s, featuring the winners of No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 1 Duke and Arizona vs. No. 3 Gonzaga. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Kanoa Leahey will be on the call from Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, The Jump host Rachel Nichols and analyst Richard Jefferson will appear on multiple ESPN shows from Cleveland in anticipation of James’ return. Nichols and Jefferson will sit down with Cavaliers players Kevin Love and Channing Frye for a special interview that will run across ESPN platforms. ESPN NBA reporters Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, who have closely documented James’ career, will also provide updates and reports on site in Cleveland.

Thanksgiving Eve schedule:

Time (ET) Telecast Platform(s)
5 p.m. Maui Jim Maui Invitational Championship Game ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. NBA Countdown ESPN, ESPN App
8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers presented by State Farm ESPN, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors presented by State Farm ESPN, ESPN App

ESPN+ Teams Up with UNINTERRUPTED & LeBron James

In addition, ESPN+ and UNINTERRUPTED, the award-winning digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, have debuted an original series, “More Than An Athlete” on Tuesday, exclusively on ESPN+ — the premium direct-to-consumer sports service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.

“More Than An Athlete” is an eight-episode series examines the various stages and moments of LeBron James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist through the lens of the unique bonds of friendship and partnership which forged between four men over more than two decades – James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

Episode 1: Childhood PromisesExclusively on ESPN+

Episode 2: Decisions, DecisionsExclusively on ESPN+

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