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Sage (Steele) move by ESPN

Sage Steele at the anchor desk for

Sage Steele at the anchor desk for ESPN's "SportsCenter." (Aug. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: ESPN/Joe Faraoni

TNT tips off its NBA coverage Tuesday when the stars of its popular studio show appear live event at Flatiron Plaza in New York, which should be fun, especially when Charles Barkley says something negative about the Knicks.

ESPN, meanwhile, continues its search in the TV wilderness for a formula that can challenge its friends at Turner.

The network’s latest move was adding Sage Steele as host of “NBA Countdown’’ on Fridays and Sundays, starting this week. Steele will join Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. Gone are Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon.

The smart, likable, telegenic Steele was a good choice. Good enough to foster the sort of chemistry for which TNT has become widely known? Stay tuned! Or so ESPN hopes.

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