Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins, Photos by Garvin St. Villier
Welcome to the wonderful sports world of Monica McNutt, who you have recently seen covering the NBA finals, interviewing Steph Curry, breaking bread with Brian Windhorst, and reporting on the 2022 NBA Draft. The National TV Sports Reporter and Analyst is one of the most recognizable female personalities on your home screen and is a consummate professional with an in-depth understanding of the game and the business of the game. Yet, her candor, lively vibe, and energetic persona are so attractive that everyone from young athletes to everyday moms and dads gravitates toward her uplifting persona.
Born and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Automotive Rhythms recently had a chance to connect with the former University of Georgetown women’s basketball standout player on the tenets of her lifestyle from broadcast journalism to wellness and community development. It was a fascinating day as we were immediately enveloped by the eclectic vibration of Harlem, NY where she currently resides. One of the values introduced to our team was her profound dedication to the wellness space and her love for art, culture, music, and Caribbean cuisine.
With a newfangled Lexus USA partnership, the Harlem native profiled her multifaceted universe through the lens of Automotive Rhythms TV to reach yet another audience. This relationship extends her coverage outside of the NY Nicks studio, MSG Networks, the ESPN family, and The Jr. NBA Coaches Corner Podcast. Yes, Monica just may be the hardest and smartest working woman in sports entertainment.
“I have found that getting to do multiple things makes you better at all things,” once stated Monica McNutt for the Washington Post.
Of course, Monica is always on the move for game coverage, so she prefers a capable and sporty ride to keep up with her work and lifestyle demands. Therefore the TV analyst is getting that plus some from the all-new, next-level 2022 Lexus NX 350h Luxury in Grecian Water. It features an attention-seeking spindle grille, LED “blade” taillamps, 20” alloy spins, jeweled exterior trimming, Lexus Interface 14″ touchscreen, 64-color ambient lighting, and an intuitively designed, driver-inspired cockpit. And with all-wheel drive, you know the Japanese crossover has smooth handles like Monica’s jump shot. Moreover, the NX 350h keeps her flowing seamlessly from the studio to the court with its efficient and sporty 2.5-liter hybrid engine.
To keep her energy and spirit balanced from the rigors of corporate responsibility, Monica walked us through her pathway toward healthy living, focused fitness goals, and philanthropic outreach. These are vital principles that mostly take precedence over other activities. During our NY culture tour, she taught a spin class at Harlem Cycle, stopped by Root Juicery of Harlem to refuel with purifying sustenance, and honored the beautiful work of Grow Our Game, a girls basketball organization founded by Chiené Joy Jones that utilizes the sport to keep the youth attentive and active. Monica said it’s pertinent reaching back to the upcoming generation of female sports enthusiasts. This means that safety is also important. No problem since the Lexus NX features LSS+ 3.0 (Lexus Safety System), one of, if not the most advanced suite of standard safety features in its class including new E-Latch and Safe Exit Assist.
For entertainment, while cruising from location to location, such as the Apollo Theater, she reveled in the NX’s innovative technology, including the 14″ Touch Display and Lexus Interface. It uses cloud-based connectivity and a “Hey Lexus” virtual voice assistant to satisfy driver requests. Connecting her phone was straightforward using wireless Apple CarPlay to take calls or chill out to the symphony of her favorite artist Lauren Hill through the 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. More importantly, wireless phone charging is a must since Monica has too many LPS Consulting PR opportunities coming through for her battery to die. Ah yes, there’s nothing like a fully-loaded experience!
Expect an MSRP of $53,840 for the 2022 Lexus NX 350h AWD Luxury model. And make sure to tap into the Digital Key, an available service and NX feature. It lets the driver use their phone as a key without having the fob present. Additionally, owners can share it with family or friends so they can access and drive your NX. Writing yet another chapter in the book of compact luxury SUVs, the all-new Lexus NX expands upon the legacy it has carved out in the segment and continues to win over youthful souls like Monica. Whether in-studio, curating concepts, or mentoring our children, Monica McNutt is set on uplifting the community.
Now please go “experience amazing” exclusively at your local Lexus dealer.