— P.J. Carlesimo, a former Thunder and Brooklyn Nets head coach, is joining ESPN as an NBA studio analyst for the rest of the NBA playoffs, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday on “SportsCenter.” “I look forward to sharing a coach's perspective, along with insights from nine playoff appearances,” he said.
— The Tulsa Shock will host the opener of the WNBA schedule on ESPN2 and ABC, which includes 14 regular-season games. The Shock hosts the Washington Mystics at 2 p.m. Monday (Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck and LaChina Robinson) on ESPN2, followed by the Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury at 4 p.m. (Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe). The network coverage will take an in-depth look at the transition from college to the WNBA of Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner.
TNT's coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday from Miami. Marv Albert will call the action with analysts Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller and reporters Craig Sager and David Aldridge.
— ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who missed Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals because of a scheduling conflict, is calling the rest of the series with Mike Breen and reporter Doris Burke.