Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 6/25/13
ESPN continues to invest in what may be the network's new favorite duo.  Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons have been together for several Grantland podcasts and were the centerpiece for the website's forward thinking NCAA Tournament second screen coverage.  They were added to NBA Countdown this year as well.  Now, we'll see Simmons & Rose on Bristol's NBA Draft coverage Thursday night.  The pair replaces Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Broussard on the main set along with host Rece Davis and Jay "Wingspan" Bilas. As the NBA Playoffs rolled along, Rose and Simmons carried ESPN's NBA studio show.  The two have an identifiable chemistry and even though NBA Countdown has its issues without a host, it was clear who was driving the bus and guiding the most interesting conversation.  Additionally, with Rose covering the college game as well as the pros, he should be an upgrade over Jeff Van Gundy, whose knowledge was admittedly lacking in some areas last year.  Simmons will also be an upgrade o...

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