Rex Chapman is a host for CNN.
Rex Chapman is a host for CNN. He previously hosted Block or Charge on Adult Swim, a show based off his series of viral tweets. He is also the host of two podcasts, Charges with Rex Chapman and The Rex Chapman Show, a podcast about the latest news from the NBA.
Chapman is a basketball legend at the University of Kentucky where he was named to the All-SEC Team both of his college years and the All-American Team before opting to enter the NBA draft. He was the first player ever drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and also played for the Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns in his 12-season NBA career, during which he scored just under 10,000 points. In 1996, he led the Miami Heat to victory over Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls during their historic 72-10 run. He played for Team USA in the 1987 Pan American Games and competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest twice, finishing in third place in 1991.
After his retirement from the NBA, Chapman served as a color commentator on TNT during the NBA playoffs and as a basketball broadcaster for several teams. He worked for a decade in NBA front offices including as VP of Player Personnel for the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. From 2016 to 2020, he hosted a pregame show before Kentucky basketball games. He has amassed over one million followers on Twitter where he is known for sharing hopeful and humorous content. He has mobilized his followers to raise nearly $500,000 in a matter of months to support those experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the destructive tornado in Western Kentucky.
Chapman splits his time between New York and Lexington, Kentucky where he continues to root for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.