Detroit has the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s N.B.A. draft, the culmination of years of mediocrity. The team is banking on the top pick and a young core for revival.
In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black, earned the job to host 2020 N.B.A. finals coverage because ESPN was “feeling pressure” on diversity.
The ESPN analyst is enthralled by the 2020 series, with players isolating and “Black Lives Matter” painted on the court.
“This is the time for us to finally make a difference,” the N.B.A. superstar said of the new group, which will aim to protect African-Americans’ voting rights.