The Thunder will make two ESPN appearances this week, starting with a showdown with the Miami Heat in a 2012 NBA Finals rematch at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, reporter Doris Burke will call the game. The second game of ESPN's doubleheader is Chicago at San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. (Mark Jones and Doug Collins).
The Thunder also will open ESPN's Friday doubleheader at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn (Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Chris Broussard). The second game is Golden State at Utah at 9:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch and Jon Barry).
Both Thunder games also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin), which consistently beats ESPN in Oklahoma City TV ratings on Thunder broadcasts.
*TNT will announce the NBA All-Star reserves in a special one-hour edition of “TNT NBA Tip-Off” at 6 p.m. Thursday. Ernie Johnson will host the pregame show with analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. TNT's doubleheader has New York at Cleveland at 7 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony and reporter Craig Sager) and the L.A. Clippers at Golden State at 9:30 p.m. (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and reporter David Aldridge).
* NBA Commissioner David Stern will present the Top Ten List on the “Late Show with David Letterman” at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday on CBS. Stern will retire as commissioner on Saturday, exactly 30 years to the day since he took over the post on Feb. 1, 1984. This will be his second time to present the list. He read the “Top Ten New Slogans for the NBA” on Jan. 15, 1999. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also will be a guest Wednesday.
*ESPN will offer its most extensive women's softball schedule this season, with more than 80 regular-season games scheduled across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to televise more than 40 games, and ESPN3 will carry more than 40 games. A record 17 matchups featuring two ranked teams will air on an ESPN network, including No. 10 Texas at No. 2 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. April 17 on ESPN2. The defending national champion Sooners will also play at No. 16 Baylor at 2 p.m. April 12, on ESPN. Analysts will be Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf and Michele Smith, all of whom earned collegiate All-American honors. Play-by-play announcers will be Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely.
* Gold medal alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, recovering from a knee injury, has joined NBC as an Olympic correspondent for the “Today” show and NBC Sports during the 2014 Winter Olympics.