New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum has joined ESPN as a basketball analyst, the network announced. McCollum, who has been one of the best guard in the NBA over the last several years, has a degree in journalism. "I am excited to bring what I feel is my unique perspective, based on my vast knowledge of the game that I've gained during my nine years as a player in the NBA," McCollum said in a statement.
"To have an opportunity to put my journalism background to use on the largest stage with the many talented professionals at ESPN is a dream come true."
ESPN thrilled to have McCollum
McCollum has been in the NBA since 2013 and he has enjoyed a good reputation throughout his career.
"CJ is one of the most respected players in the NBA, which is evident by his role as President of the NBA PA. Furthermore, he's an extremely talented member of -- and leader on -- one of the most interesting teams in the league: the New Orleans Pelicans," said David Roberts, ESPN head of NBA and studio production.
"CJ's commitment to this opportunity, combined with his passion for journalism and sports broadcasting, will be a clear benefit for NBA fans." Meanwhile, McCollum changed teams for the first time in his career this past season.
Prior to the trade deadline, McCollum was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Pelicans. In his first year with the Pelicans, McCollum helped the team reach the playoffs, before they lost to the Phoenix Suns in the first round.
"This is the start of something special, for sure," McCollum said. "You see the energy. Feel the energy. My mother is in town; I have some family in town. When we go out to eat, you can feel the city is excited about basketball, as they should [be]. There's a lot of talent here. We're playing the game the right way. It's going to be a lot of winning in our future."