Malika Andrews is a familiar name to almost every NBA fan. The 27-year-old has had a successful career in sports journalism and her popularity has skyrocketed in recent years.
Andrews’ consistent efforts have earned him one of the most prestigious positions in sports journalism, as he has covered several NBA Finals. Additionally, she was named one of Forbes’ Most Successful Sports Personalities of 2021.
At the age of 27, Malika has achieved a lot of success, but there is much more that she could achieve in the future. The young reporter is very intelligent, eloquent and charismatic, so only the sky is the limit for her.
Malika Andrews and her rise to popularity
Malika Andrews was born in Oakland, California and naturally grew up a fan of the Golden State Warriors. Andrews attended schools in California and Utah before joining the University of Portland and studying for a degree in communications.
During her college years, Malika was a sports writer and editor for The Beacon, the school newspaper. Her work was read by Adrian Wojnarowski, another prominent figure in the world of journalism.
Malika Andrews worked for The New York Times and Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN and covering the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.
During the NBA Bubble, which took place at the end of the 2019-20 season, Malika was one of the first reporters to enter the sports complex where the season continued. She debuted as the youngest NBA sideline reporter in the bubble and gained a lot of popularity during this time.
The popular journalist was also a sideline reporter for the 2021 NBA Finals. Rachel Nichols was originally supposed to do the job, but was replaced by Andrews due to controversy.
Malika also hosts “NBA Today,” a popular sports talk show on ESPN. She is often joined by other popular figures in the basketball world, including Zach Lowe, Kendrick Perkins and Richard Jefferson.
Personal life and controversies of Malika Andrews
The successful NBA reporter has kept most of his life private. However, she revealed that she was in a relationship and living with her boyfriend during the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Andrews played a big role during the 2021 NBA Finals, and her boyfriend helped her with questions to ask the winners of the finals.
Unfortunately, Malika Andrews has gone through some controversial moments during her career as well. In 2019, the Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Raptors, who won the championship, defeated the Bucks in six games.
Shortly after the ejection, Malika published an article about the possibility of Giannis Antetokounmpo leaving the Bucks if the roster doesn’t improve. In response, the Bucks superstar simply walked out of the press conference after the ESPN reporter asked him a question.
Fortunately, things worked out for both sides as Giannis stayed with the Bucks and won it all in 2021, while Malika Andrews also achieved a lot of success.