Who Is Adam Lefkoe and Why Is He Filling in for Ernie Johnson on TNT’s Inside the NBA?

Adam Lefkoe is an American sports journalist who has been working for Turner Sports since 2010. He also hosts his own podcast, The Lefkoe Show on Barstool Sports.

Adam Lefkoe is a sports talk radio host and former NBA player. He has been filling in for Ernie Johnson on TNT’s Inside the NBA since Johnson was hospitalized with a heart attack.

Highlights of the article:

  • Adam Lefkoe: Everything You Need to Know
  • Why isn’t Ernie Johnson on Tuesday evenings to present Inside the NBA?
  • Lefkoe will be joined on set by Shaquille O’Neal, Candace Parker, and Dwyane Wade.

Adam Lefkoe will host TNT's Inside the NBA on Tuesdays. Jason Baron, Adam Lefkoe, and Tyler Moody attend the 2019 IAB Podcast Upfronts | WarnerMedia/Astrid Stawiarz

If you’re watching Inside the NBA on TNT on Tuesday evenings this year, you’ll notice that Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley are all missing from the set. Shaquille O’Neal will continue to appear on camera throughout the season, but on Tuesdays he’ll be joined by Adam Lefkoe, Candace Parker, and Dwyane Wade.

So, who is Adam Lefkoe, and why is he filling in for Ernie Johnson on Inside the NBA one night a week?

What is Adam Lefkoe’s background?

Bleacher Report has swiftly expanded from a modest fan site to an industry leader in written, audio, and video material, as many sports fans are aware. The B/R app has quickly become one of the most popular among sports fans looking for tailored content and breaking news alerts on their phones.

Lefkoe, who joined the firm in 2013, has been one of the most important pioneers of the Bleacher Report brand over the previous decade.

Before Chris Simms departed B/R to join NBC, Lefkoe co-hosted the famous Simms and Lefkoe podcast with him. Lefkoe has maintained the program under his own name since then.

Lefkoe worked as a sports anchor for television stations such as KHAS and WHAS before joining Bleacher Report, and his past broadcasting work earned him an Emmy. He was selected Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year by the Associated Press in 2013.

Because Turner Sports owns both Bleacher Report and TNT, Lefkoe was invited to join the Inside the NBA desk as a guest presenter in 2019 to replace the ‘Players Only’ show. Since then, he’s been stepping in as host for Johnson, and he’ll be on your TV every Tuesday night this season.

On Tuesday evenings, why isn’t Ernie Johnson anchoring Inside the NBA?

Johnson is widely regarded as one of the best sports television presenters of all time. He originally appeared on the set of Inside the NBA in 1990, and he’s been a fan favorite ever since.

However, acting as a go-between for O’Neal, Barkley, and Smith must be stressful. TNT inserted Lefkoe as the Tuesday host last season to give Johnson a much-needed respite throughout the week, and the network will continue to do so this season.

On Tuesdays, Candace Parker and Dwyane Wade will join Lefkoe and Shaq.

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Despite the fact that Johnson, Barkley, and Smith will all be off on Tuesday evenings this season, Shaq will still be at his desk, surrounded by a new cast. Dwyane Wade, his former teammate and another NBA icon, will return for his third season, while Candace Parker, fresh off her WNBA championship run with the Chicago Sky, will return for her third season as well.

On Tuesday evenings, Lefkoe will take over as host from Johnson.

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