NBA TV to Televise Live Game Action from 2015 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League & 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League

 NBA-TV-LogoNetwork To Air Over 30 Games Live from Orlando and Utah Events

NBA TV’s extensive coverage of the 2015 NBA Summer Leagues – the first opportunity to see a number of the league’s leading rookies in action – will tip off with the 2015 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday, July 4, at 9 a.m. ET when the Miami Heat and its first round pick Justise Winslow, who is expected to participate in Orlando, takes on the Indiana Pacers. Live event coverage will feature 25 Summer League games from Orlando, held on the Orlando Magic’s practice court at the Amway Center.

The network will also televise the 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League beginning Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. with the Philadelphia 76ers and Jahlil Okafor, the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm who is expected to participate in Utah, taking on the San Antonio Spurs. In addition, fans again will be able to watch NBA Summer League games live on NBA.com and the NBA Game Time app via NBA Summer League Live. The subscription-based package will offer a free trial on Saturday, July 4 and Friday, July 10.

The network will also feature comprehensive coverage of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 from Las Vegas later this month, with more details to be announced.

NBA TV’s 2015 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League Schedule

 

Date Day Time (ET) Teams
July 4 Saturday 9 a.m. Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
11 a.m. Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic (White)
1 p.m. Orlando Magic (Blue) vs. Los Angeles Clippers
3 p.m. Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
5 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Brooklyn Nets
July 5 Sunday 1 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons
3 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte Hornets
5 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
July 6 Monday 1 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (White)
3 p.m. Orlando Magic (Blue) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
5 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat
July 7 Tuesday 1 p.m. Orlando Magic (Blue) vs. Memphis Grizzlies
3 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets
5 p.m. Oklahoma City vs. Los Angeles Clippers
July 8 Wednesday 1 p.m. Orlando Magic (White) vs. Charlotte Hornets
3 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons
5 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat
July 9 Thursday 1 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (Blue)
3 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic (White)
5 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies
July 10 Friday 8 a.m. 6th Place vs. 5th Place
10 a.m. 4th Place vs. 3rd Place
12 p.m. 2nd Place vs. 1st Place
2 p.m. 8th Place vs. 7th Place
4 p.m. 10th Place vs. 9th Place

 

NBA TV’s 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League Schedule

 

Date Day Time (ET) Teams
July 6 Monday 7 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs
9 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz
July 7 Tuesday 7 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz
July 9 Thursday 7 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs
9 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz

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NBA Digital’s Extensive NBA Finals Coverage to Include NBA GameTime On Site Studio Show, NBA TV Film Room Show & In-Depth Multimedia Content Offerings

NBA_DigitalNBA Digital’s Extensive NBA Finals Coverage to Include NBA GameTime

On Site Studio Show, NBA TV Film Room Show & In-Depth Multimedia Content Offerings

NBA GameTime to Feature Analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Isiah Thomas, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott & Brent Barry

New NBA Finals Film Room Roundtable Show to Break Down

Every Key Moment from Each Finals Game

NBA Digital will provide the most comprehensive, multi-screen coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals with expansive NBA TV live original programming on site throughout the Cleveland vs. Golden State series and extensive content offerings across all screens including the latest news, video highlights and social integration via NBA.com, NBA Mobile and the league’s signature NBA Game Time app.

NBA TV’s full court coverage of The Finals – its 16th consecutive year – will feature the network’s signature NBA GameTime studio show providing in-depth pre- and post-game coverage live from The Finals. NBA GameTime will showcase analysis from a marquee collection of analysts – with a combined 14 NBA Championships – including Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Isiah Thomas, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Rick Fox and Brent Barry.

The network’s studio coverage – including live coverage of post-game press conference and interviews with key players on set following each Finals game – will be hosted by Matt Winer.  NBA TV’s NBA GameTime analyst schedule:

Games 1 & 2 Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith
Games 3 & 4 Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas and Chris Webber
Games 5, 6 & 7 (if nec.) Brent Barry, Steve Smith and Hill

Additionally, post-game news conference coverage (presented in their entirety) will be hosted by Jared Greenberg for Games 1-2 and Rick Kamla for Games 3-7. Steve Smith and Fox will provide analysis for Games 1-2 with Barry and Fox on Games 3-4 and Fox and Scott for Games 5-7.  Rachel Nichols (Cavaliers) and David Aldridge (Warriors) will also report throughout the series.

NBA Finals Film Room, a new roundtable show featuring former coaches breaking down strategies, trends and game action in real time as they watch every game, will debut during this year’s Finals coverage. The taped two-hour episodes will premiere at 9 p.m. on the day following each Finals game (except for Monday, June 8, at 5 p.m. after Game 2). Vince Cellini will host the first four shows alongside NBA coaching veteran and TNT analyst Mike Fratello and guests Michael Malone (former Sacramento Kings head coach) and Brian Shaw (former Denver Nuggets head coach). Cellini and Fratello will be with NBA TV analyst Stu Jackson (former New York Knicks head coach) and Vinny Del Negro (former Los Angeles Clippers head coach) for Games 5-7 (if nec.). The analysts will also be engaging with fans and taking questions using the hashtag #FilmRoom, with some interactions used as part of the program.

NBA TV’s original programming lineup during The Finals will also feature two special episodes of NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy – co-hosted by Hill and Kristen Ledlow. The new episodes will air Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 13 (both at noon ET), with behind-the-scenes coverage from The Finals. Additionally, The Starters (weekdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on NBA TV) will have an on-site presence with Leigh Ellis and Trey Kerby contributing live daily updates from both cities.

NBA.com’s extensive Finals coverage will include access to live streaming press conferences, complete game breakdowns, video highlights, stats and game stories from the site’s roster of award-winning reporters. Additionally, NBA Mobile and the NBA Game Time app will provide fans with access to video highlights, post-game press conferences, scores, player statistics and schedule information throughout The Finals.

NBA Digital’s content highlights for The Finals will include:

NBA TV

  • NBA GameTime – Live at The Finals, NBA TV’s nightly studio show will be televised on game days at 7:30 p.m. (Games 1, 3, 4, 6* and 7*) or 6:30 p.m. (Games 2 and 5*). The show will feature pre- and post-game coverage including highlights, analysis, player interviews, game previews and recaps.
  • Press Conferences – NBA TV will provide full coverage of every post-game press conference during The Finals.
  • Off-Day Coverage – On non-game days, NBA TV will air NBA GameTime at 8 p.m. with each show recapping the previous night’s action and looking ahead at the upcoming game including coverage of team practices, interviews, press conferences and analysis.
  • Sounds of the Finals – The show will take viewers courtside and into the huddles with an all-access pass to The Finals on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.

NBA.com

  • Finals Hub – NBA.com will produce a series hub to serve as the home for all 2015 NBA Finals content.  The page – available via NBA.com, the NBA.com mobile website and NBA Game Time app – will include video highlights, box scores, series stats and game stories, along with a collective of the latest social media buzz.
  • Live Streaming Press Conferences presented by Cisco – The site will provide live streaming video for every post-game news conference as well as live off-day press conference coverage during The Finals. Additionally, the pressers will be available via the NBA.com mobile page and via the NBA Game Time app.
  • NBA Second Screen – A narrated real-time stream of curated content featuring social posts, embedded video highlights, game action photos, stats and editorial commentary that will provide fans a unique insider view. The stream will be available via NBA.com and the NBA Game Time app for all Finals games.
  • Smitty’s Mt. Rushmore – NBA.com’s meme generator, inspired by Steve Smith’s interview with LeBron James where the four-time MVP picked his foursome of all-time greats, has expanded for the playoffs with a series of additional topics, in addition to allowing fans to choose their “greatest of all time.” New themes include Best International Players, Most Stylish and Most Clutch. Users can name their mountain and then share across Facebook and Twitter.
  • #NBAFinals Spotlight – #NBAFinals Spotlight, presented by Crown Royal and Cîroc, will continuously keep fans up to speed on the latest tweets, photos and other social engagement by NBA players, teams and the conversations surrounding the playoffs.
  • NBA Finals Pulse – Featured on the NBA.com home page with a mosaic layout, NBA Finals Pulse will present updates, news, video and photos throughout the series. Leveraging the power of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Pulse keeps a beat on the NBA conversation, all in one destination. Modules include a “Trendicator” displaying in real-time the leading players across social, player dashboard content feeds, a global trending map, and interactive match-up hubs which capture photos and social for the series.
  • NBA Style presented by Samsung Galaxy – Devoted to NBA style, the NBA.com microsite will feature enhanced content focused on the hottest off-court fashion including interviews, photos, and more, along with social engagement.
  • Social Channels – Fans can stay engaged with NBA.com and its latest updates and content throughout the playoffs via @NBAcom on Twitter and NBA.com’s Facebook page.

NBA Mobile

  • NBA Game Time – During The Finals, users can follow all the action through NBA Digital’s mobile app available on iOS, including the Apple Watch, and Android. Further, NBA Game Time, sponsored by Bank of America, will provide a bracket view, series dashboards, live scoring, game alerts, news and more.
  • Finals Hubs – Linked to and from the Finals bracket, each mobile-optimized hub will feature series-specific video, playoff headlines, game schedules and the latest Twitter activity for both teams.

NBA.com Mobile Web – Fans will have access to NBA.com content through their mobile devices with postseason stats, scores and standings, video series trackers and the playoffs series hub.

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA TV’s Critically Acclaimed Open Court Celebrates “Signature Moves” Tuesday, June 2, at 11 p.m. ET

NBA-TV_2004_IDHost Matt Winer is Joined by Hall of Famers Dominique Wilkins & Isiah Thomas, Seven-Time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, Five-Time NBA All-Star Chris Webber & NBA Champion Steve Smith

Hour-Long Roundtable Discussion Looks Back at Classic Signature Moves Including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook, Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake,

Allen Iverson’s Crossover & the Moves by Current NBA Stars Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kyrie Irving

NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court returns with an all-new episode Tuesday, June 2, at 11 p.m. ET with a roundtable discussion focused on signature moves of NBA players past and present. The “Signature Moves” show features a cast of NBA greats discussing their favorite and most-feared signature moves while reminiscing about what it was like to face some of the league’s all-time greats. The group will also look ahead to the impact the moves of current NBA stars such as Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kyrie Irving and the impact they will have on the next generation.

Open Court’s “Signature Moves” episode is hosted by Matt Winer with Hall of Famers Dominique Wilkins and Isiah Thomas, seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber and NBA Champion Steve Smith.

Excerpts from the “Signature Moves” episode of Open Court:

Grant Hill on NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s signature skyhook: “Unbelievable. You can’t guard it. The thing about Kareem, if you look back at some of those games and iconic moments where he hit those shots, he was hitting deep ones. You know it’s coming. You know what he’s going to do. I don’t know if there is ever a play or a shot in the history of the game that scored as many points and you couldn’t guard it as the skyhook. I’m surprised more big guys don’t try to work on that shot. I know it takes a lot of finesse and a lot of touch, but I’m even thinking why didn’t I try to work on it? That shot right there was unbelievable to defend.”

Dominique Wilkins on the footwork of Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon: “They are the two best. I played against both of those guys. It got to a point where we were calling Kevin McHale ‘The Man of a Thousand Moves.’ You could not guard him one-on-one on the box. He had such great footwork. He did a great job of feeling the contact. Once he felt you, you were done. Same thing with Hakeem Olajuwon. Not only was he a very agile guy, but he was super strong around the basket. He had an unbelievable feel for the game.”

Hill on Rockets All-Star James Harden: “He has a lot of moves, but when he gets into the paint he brings his arms through, a lot like how Sam Perkins used to do in the post and Stacey Augmon. He extends his arm as he is going down the lane and goes into your arms as he is going to the basket. One of the best at drawing fouls and creating contact as an offensive player.”

Isiah Thomas on 11-Time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson’s crossover: “There are two different kinds of crossovers. I was always taught you play inside the box, so you can get right to your shot. Then Allen Iverson came in with a shot that was outside of the box. His crossover was out here, he would shake with it and then bring it back. When he added the shake to it, I’m glad it was on Michael Jordan and it wasn’t on me.”

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Digital, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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Trailer Unveiled for NBA TV Originals’ Clutch City Documentary, Set to Premiere Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV to Televise Countdown to Clutch City, a 30-Minute Pre-Show Special, at 8:30 p.m.

NBA TV has unveiled a trailer for its latest original documentaryClutch City – set to premiere Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET during the NBA Finals. The documentary, produced as a part of the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals franchise, features extensive interviews with former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich and teammates Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell and Vernon Maxwell, among others, as they reflect on their back-to-back championships in the 1990s.

NBA TV’s premiere of the documentary will be preceded by Countdown to Clutch City at 8:30 p.m., a 30-minute show hosted by Vince Cellini that looks back at Houston’s championship legacy.  The show will include interviews with former Rockets, including Horry, along with special guests.

A few excerpts from NBA TV’s Clutch City documentary:

Smith on how Hakeem Olajuwon brought the team together by involving them in his MVP reception: “There’s never been a superstar who is as selfless as Hakeem. Zero. That gesture, to bring us up and have us with him and the trophy, was living proof of that. He made me feel that that was my MVP.”

Tomjanovich on the importance of his relationship with Olajuwon: “Hakeem is one of the most important people in my life because, if we don’t have this relationship, if we are not in each other’s lives, you’re not talking to me. I was the right guy for him. He was the right guy for me.”

Clutch City is the latest in a long line of NBA TV Originals’ critically acclaimed films and specials that include the Sports Emmy Award-winning The Doctor; the Emmy-nominated The Dream Team; and THE84DRAFT; as well as the network’s popular Open Court series.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA TV Spotlights 20th Anniversary of Houston Rockets’ Back-To-Back Championships with Clutch City Documentary

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV Spotlights 20th Anniversary of Houston Rockets’

Back-To-Back Championships with Clutch City Documentary

NBA TV Originals Film to Feature Interviews with Former Rockets Including

Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, Clyde Drexler and Kenny Smith                                                                                                                                                                                

NBA TV will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Houston Rockets’ back-to-back championship seasons with Clutch City, a documentary to be televised during The Finals on Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET.  Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, Clutch City examines the Rockets’ 1993-94 and 1994-95 teams as Houston greats such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell and Vernon Maxwell reflect on their experiences and how their unusual team chemistry helped them succeed.

Featuring more than 30 interviews with Hall of Famers, NBA legends and national broadcasters, Clutch City assesses the Rockets’ place in the NBA pantheon of great teams. In addition to Houston greats, the film offers insights on the Rockets from the men who challenged them, including NBA Legends Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing, Horace Grant and A.C. Green.

Clutch City will provide an all-access look at the Houston Rockets’ back-to-back championships, combining the best of the league’s archival footage with current interviews from those most closely connected to the team,” said “Scooter” Vertino, general manager of NBA Digital and SVP of programming, Turner Sports.  “There couldn’t be a more fitting time than The Finals to celebrate what it takes to be an NBA champion and the unique path these often overlooked Rockets teams took to get there.”

Inspired by Head Coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his motto, “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion,” the Rockets, often overlooked after being bookended by the Chicago Bulls’ two ‘‘three-peats,” survived eight postseason elimination games during these championship years.  From overtaking the New York Knicks in a dramatic seven-game 1994 NBA Finals to punctuating a historic run as the only sixth-seed to win an NBA championship when it defeated the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals, Houston was the definition of perseverance.

During the 90-minute film, Tomjanovich opens up about his life as he returns to his hometown of Hamtramck, Mich.  Bringing to the bench the difficult lessons learned during his early years, he instilled in his players the resilience that drove Houston to consecutive titles.

A few outtakes from the Clutch City documentary:

Rudy Tomjanovich on what it takes to become a champion:

“Being a champion just doesn’t happen.  You’ve got to go through a war.  I don’t know any team that doesn’t ‑‑ just like any family that doesn’t have to go through some adversity, some difference of opinion, some hard feelings, some tears.  But the team that doesn’t let that stuff bother them and they go through the storms, they tie things down when things get tough and they get through it, to me that’s what a champion is.” 

Kenny Smith on what it takes to win an NBA championship

“Winning an NBA championship is like there’s a brick wall and you’re just tapping.  It’s years and you’re just tapping.  And it’s dark in that room and you’re just tapping.  There’s no light and you’re just tapping, tapping.  And you do it for years.  Then all of a sudden, you tap and light comes in.  You go, ‘Oh, shoot, there’s light at the end of that tunnel.’  That’s what winning an NBA championship feels like.” 

Hakeem Olajuwon on whether or not the Rockets would have beaten the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan in The Finals

“It’s something that you will never know, but if you just go by the record, we never had a problem with Chicago…We loved that because we wouldn’t just play against Chicago, we would dominate Chicago.”

Clutch City is the latest in a long line of NBA TV Originals’ critically acclaimed films and specials that include the Sports Emmy Award-winning The Doctor; the Emmy-nominated The Dream Team; and THE84DRAFT; as well as the network’s popular Open Court series.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA TV Doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to feature Kobe Bryant & Lakers Hosting Kings; NBA TV Fan Night Presented by Sprint Telecast — Mavericks at Grizzlies

NBA-TV-LogoBryant Continues Pursuit of Michael Jordan on NBA’s All-Time Scoring List; Leads Lakers Against DeMarcus Cousins & Kings

NBA TV Fan Night Tips Off Tuesday’s Doubleheader with Grizzlies & Marc Gasol Hosting Mavericks & Dirk Nowitzki

NBA TV will feature a doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9, including Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins at 10:30 p.m. ET, as the 16-time NBA All-Star Bryant continues his pursuit of Michael Jordan for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. The night will tip off with NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint featuring two of the hottest teams of the league in action — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks visiting Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies — at 8 p.m.  The NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint game selection was based on fan voting via NBA.com, the NBA.com mobile web, NBA Game Time App, and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The NBA TV Fan Night team – host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony – will preview the doubleheader during the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show and offer analysis during the Sprint Halftime Report. Following the Mavs/Grizzlies game, NBA TV host Rick Kamla and analysts Steve Smith and Isiah Thomas will preview the Kings/Lakers matchup and provide analysis during halftime and NBA GameTime presented by Kia post-game coverage.

Fan voting for the next NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint telecast — Tuesday, Dec. 23 — will be conducted from Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 8 a.m. through Thursday, Dec. 18, at midnight. Potential game telecasts:

  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat
  • Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks

Expanding on the franchise’s focus on fans, NBA TV Fan Night viewers will have the weekly opportunity to vote for their favorite duos in NBA history in a bracket-style tournament. This week, fans will have the opportunity to vote using the hashtags #BestDuo1 or #BestDuo2 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to decide between the Knicks’ Walt Frazier and Willis Reed or the Spurs’ Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

Upcoming Games on NBA TV

NBA TV will televise a doubleheader Friday night, Dec. 5, featuring Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant visiting the Philadelphia 76ers and Michael Carter Williams at 7 p.m., followed by the Kings and Cousins visiting the Indiana Pacers and Roy Hibbert at 10 p.m. The network will also air a Saturday night matchup when Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, attempting to extend its current 11-game winning streak, visit the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m.

Date

Friday, Dec. 5

Time (ET)

7 p.m.

Matchup

Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers

Saturday, Dec. 6

Monday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, Dec. 9

10 p.m.

8 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

8 p.m.

10:30 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings

Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls

Denver Nuggets at Toronto Raptors

Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies (NBA TV Fan Night)

Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

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Notes from NBA TV Fan Night – Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV Fan Night – Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Toronto Raptors (117) at Sacramento Kings (109)

Fan Voting for the next NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint telecast continues through Thursday, Dec. 4, at midnight on NBA.com, the NBA.com mobile web, NBA Game Time app, and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Potential game options for Tuesday, Dec. 9:

  • Milwaukee Bucks at Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
  • Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony and Chris Webber

 Webber on what the Toronto Raptors will miss following DeMar DeRozan’s injury: “You lose late game free throw scoring, you lose a guy you can trust late in games. You lose a guy who can go to the line and get fouled…a guy that can be a second point guard for you, penetrate, a guy the defense has to respect. These guys are going to have to step up by committee because a guy like DeRozan, how he’s been playing, not an easy task to fill his shoes.”

Anthony on Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry: “Right now, to me, he’s an All-Star. First six weeks of the season…they got the best record in the conference and he’s one of the big reasons why.”

Webber on the Raptors after Rudy Gay left the team: “The rap on Rudy Gay was he was not a team player, if we’re totally honest…the thing that people are sensing is that Toronto is a better team, not individually, but better team in cohesiveness.”

   Anthony on Gay and how the Kings have improved since he joined the team: “Rudy Gay has also been a pretty good fit for Sacramento, as they’re trying to rebuild…they’ve [the Kings] definitely improved if you look at what they’re doing this year, and with the growth of some of their young players.”

Webber on how Gay can contribute with DeMarcus Cousins out for the game: “The one great thing about Rudy Gay’s game is that he has that midrange game area locked up, and he can go to the post, too. He’s an oversized two guard, oversized three, and he’s a willing and a good passer in the Sacramento system.”

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Johnson, Anthony and Webber

 Anthony on forward Terrence Ross stepping up in the absence of DeRozan: “This is a guy that has the ability to be a creator and a tough shot maker. He’s done that consistently over the course of this season. He’s also a terrific defender, and I think as his confidence continues to grow, even though DeRozan’s out, this Raptors team, will continue to get better because he gives them that third cog offensively as a guy that can create his own offense.”
   Webber on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s prospects with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook returning: “If you have [Kevin] Durant and [Russell] Westbrook, this is a championship team. They can get to the Finals. It’s going to be hard because the west is so competitive and you can’t take it for granted, with the other teams having such a head start.”

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NBA GameTime presented by Kia

Johnson, Anthony and Webber

 

 

 Webber on keys to success for the Raptors going forward this season: “Ball movement, defense, and keeping us [outsiders] outside of the locker room. Because… I can’t believe a team can go far in the playoffs without their best player. I do think other players will benefit as a result of the injury to DeMar DeRozan.  This team can’t let us into the locker room because there’s going to be doubt against them just because the natural facts, and as long as they stick to defense, which is their core…if that’s your calling card…you’re always going to have a chance to be in the game.”
   Anthony on the Kings’ struggles of late, following a winning start: “DeMarcus Cousins’ impact is such that when you have him, it makes the game easier for so many other guys because you have to pay so much attention to him. But, having said that, this is an organization that has not had a lot of success. So anytime things start to go a little sideways, that doubt can creep in.”

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NBA TV To Salute San Antonio Spurs With Special ‘Champions Day’ Programming Monday, Oct. 27

NBA-TV-Logo“Champions Day” to Feature an NBA TV Originals Candid Conversation with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker Reflecting on More Than a Decade of Excellence

NBA TV’s Special Programming to Include Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs,

Open Court: NBA Champions Edition, 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go & NBA Finals Re-Airs

NBA TV will feature special daylong programming on Monday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The network will premiere three original programs – Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Open Court: NBA Champions Edition and 2014San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go – along with re-airs of past NBA Finals performances and season reviews from the Spurs’ five title-winning seasons.

Anchoring the programming block, Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, an NBA TV Originals production, will feature a candid conversation between the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m. ET.  The four principal figures sat down following last year’s NBA Finals win to reflect on the building of a dynasty, how their relationships have developed over the years and the satisfaction of this past year’s championship season.

The three-hour primetime block of original programming will tip off with 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at last year’s Spurs championship season, at 8 p.m. The hour-long program relives the Spurs’ fifth title run with exclusive interviews, highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

The night will conclude with a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m., with the critically acclaimed roundtable show featuring a cast of NBA Champions – Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas, along with Rick Fox, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chauncey Billups – with Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson. The panel of NBA greats reflects on championship experiences and discusses the perseverance it takes to win a title.

Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air season in review shows from the Spurs’ previous four championship seasons starting at 9 a.m., followed by encore airings of Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.

Excerpts from Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs:

Popovich on the beginning of the Duncan Era in San Antonio: “[Tim Duncan] came to training camp and David Robinson watched him play and about the second practice the whole offense changed. David was now in the dunker spot and Timmy was on the block catching the ball and David never even said a word…You know this new kid comes in and all of a sudden David’s not getting all of his touches…I never said, ‘David this is the way it’s going to be.’ We just did what we did and he knew it right off the bat and he loved it. Timmy just grew and grew from there, unbelievable.”

Parker on the quality of people in building the Spurs: “I like what TD said…we talked and he said we are good people at heart. I think that is the best thing when you choose the players, they are like good people, and all they care [about] is the team. It’s easy for everybody to follow.”

Duncan on Ginobili’s maturation through tough practices against Bruce Bowen: “I remember the first year you were here when we practiced; you’d have to play against Bruce [Bowen] a lot. And Bruce used to beat the absolute crap out of you. That’s where I started believing and started seeing that he was as good as advertised because Bruce would go at him and beat him up and try to slow him down and he’d play through all of it.”

Manu on witnessing firsthand the Spurs’ chemistry and execution last season: “I start on the bench so I get to see what’s going on more and there were some plays, especially this year, where it was like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow, or those passes from Tony to a wing to Boris [Diaw] to you or an extra pass to the corner, it was fun… I said, ‘This is nice. We are playing at a really high level and if we could understand that this is the way to go on a daily basis it can be so special.’”

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA TV’s 2014-15 Regular Season Coverage to Feature 97 Live Games, Comprehensive Studio Coverage & Season-Long Original Programming

NBA-TV-LogoOriginal Programming Lineup Highlighted by Return of NBA Inside Stuff,

The Starters, The Beat & All-New Open Court Episodes

Day-Long “Champions Day” Coverage on Monday, Oct. 27, to Feature Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Followed by Open Court: NBA Champions Edition

NBA TV is the destination for fans seeking the most comprehensive season-long coverage of the league with 97 live regular season games, the most expansive highlights, news and analysis from a deep roster of marquee analysts, and compelling season-long original programming.

The network’s live regular season game schedule will tip off Saturday, Nov. 2, with a doubleheader when the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose visit the Minnesota Timberwolves and No. 1 NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant visiting the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry at 10:30 p.m.  NBA TV’s regular season schedule will include up to nine appearances by the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Cleveland Cavaliers and four-time league MVP LeBron James, and the Chicago Bulls with 2011 MVP Derrick Rose.

“For the NBA fan, there is no offseason and that’s the way we approach NBA TV,” said Albert “Scooter” Vertino, general manager of NBA Digital and SVP of programming, Turner Sports. “With nearly 100 live regular season games, our NBA GameTime studio show and its deep roster of premier commentators, along with a broad spectrum of original programming, NBA TV is the year-round destination for those seeking the most definitive coverage of the league.”

All season long, NBA GameTime – the network’s signature studio show – will draw from its collection of former NBA icons to provide in-depth analysis and perspectives surrounding all of the storylines around the league. The nightly studio show will feature a deep rotation of top basketball analysts including Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Brent Barry, Rick Fox, Mike Fratello, Grant Hill, Stu Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Dennis Scott, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas and Chris Webber. Hosts include Vince Cellini, Jared Greenberg, Rick Kamla, Kristen Ledlow and Matt Winer.

Highlights from NBA TV’s upcoming programming schedule and top returning franchises include:

NBA Rising

An NBA TV special program, NBA Rising will take a look at three up-and-coming stars who are coming off gold medal-winning performances at the FIBA World Cup this summer – Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis – on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The program will feature interviews with the players and a look at their progression as the next wave of NBA stars.

Champions Day

On the eve of the NBA’s Opening Night, NBA TV will feature special programming to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The network will televise 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at the Spurs’ quest for the championship, at 8 p.m.  Anchoring the programming block, NBA TV will present Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, a candid conversation featuring the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m.  The night will conclude a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m. Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.

NBA TV Fan Night

The popular NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint will return for its sixth consecutive season with its first of 17 games on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Fans will once again have the opportunity to vote for the matchup they most want to see each week via NBA.com, NBA.com mobile web, NBA Game Time App, as well as Facebook and Twitter voting.

Host Ernie Johnson and analysts Webber and Anthony will offer analysis during the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show, throughout the game telecast and halftime, and for NBA GameTime presented by Kia post-game coverage.

Last season, the NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint telecast featuring the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 10, netted the network’s most-viewed regular season game of all time with an average of 920,000 total viewers.

NBA Inside Stuff

Co-hosted by NBA legend Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow, the groundbreaking sports and entertainment all-access show will return for its second season Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon.  The weekly 30-minute show will continue to feature in-depth interviews highlighting some of the NBA’s biggest stars, along with two of the franchise’s most celebrated segments – “Jam Session” and “Rewind.” Last season, “Jam Session” featured leading recording artists Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, Linkin Park, OneRepublic, Coldplay and Kendrick Lamar.

The Starters

The Starters, a collection of fan-focused voices with an unconventional take on the game, will return with a weekday show regularly airing at 6:30 p.m. ET.  In addition, The Starters will provide a weekly Friday podcastThe Starters: The Drop – and fantasy basketball segments airing within the show and NBA GameTime, and also available on NBA.com.  The Starters – co-hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, along with contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis – produce original content across all NBA Digital platforms with a consistent social presence engaging with some of the NBA’s most avid fans.

Open Court

Open Court, the critically acclaimed NBA roundtable show featuring a combination of TNT and NBA TV analysts and special guests, is back for its fourth season. New episodes debut throughout the month of October, including a season preview show Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and one focused on past NBA champions Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m.

The Beat

Hosted by Cellini, The Beat is a weekly 30-minute show covering news and storylines across the league with David Aldridge and Sekou Smith, among others. The show premieres Monday, Oct. 27, and airs each Monday at 6 p.m.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is coming off a record-setting 2014 NBA Playoffs which delivered unprecedented audience growth for the network including its most-watched game coverage of all time and its two most-viewed telecasts ever. NBA TV’s seven originally produced live game telecasts averaged 720,000 total viewers to register the network’s most-viewed NBA Playoffs coverage ever and a 137% increase over the comparable playoff coverage last year. The network’s presentation of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, April 29, produced NBA TV’s most-viewed telecast ever with an average of 1,071,000 total viewers.

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA TV’s Critically Acclaimed Open Court Returns with “NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” Episode Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Editor’s note – video clips from the first episode of NBA TV’s Open Court:

Shaquille O’Neal’s Next 10 List: http://on.nba.com/1rPbMfM

Isiah Thomas on Reggie Miller: http://on.nba.com/1x2Btd0

Charles Barkley on Chris Webber: http://on.nba.com/1rzhCTf

Panel reaction on Steve Nash: http://on.nba.com/1E4mhAP

Panel on the makeup of great players: http://on.nba.com/1E4mjsj

 

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NBA TV’s Critically Acclaimed Open Court Returns with

“NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” Episode Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by Ernie Johnson, NBA 50 Greatest Players Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas Join Panel Featuring Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, NBA Champions Kenny Smith & Chauncey Billups & Five-Time NBA All-Star Chris Webber

Hour-Long Roundtable Discussion Focuses on the Original “NBA 50 Greatest Players”

& Those Who Should be Added as All-Time Legends

Thomas – 50 Greatest Honoree & Selection Panelist – to Live Tweet During Tuesday’s Telecast

NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court series will return Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET with a compelling roundtable discussion centered on the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and the 10 players the panel believes should be added as all-time legends. The hour-long show features a cast of NBA icons including “NBA 50 Greatest” honorees Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas discussing their inclusion in the original list, players who should be added to the original 50, and the criteria used to measure greatness.

Open Courts “NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” episode is hosted by Sports Emmy Award winner Ernie Johnson with Barkley, O’Neal and Thomas, along with Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, NBA Champions Kenny Smith and Chauncey Billups and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber.

The panel – featuring a combination of TNT and NBA TV analysts, along with the recently retired Billups – considers the credentials of current and recent stars including Kevin Durant, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade, as well as omissions from the original list such as Bob McAdoo and Dominique Wilkins.  While quick to acknowledge sure-fire additions – Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson and LeBron James – the discussion intensifies when the group weighs the merits of panelists Miller and Webber.

Thomas, a member of the original “50 Greatest” selection panel in 1996, will live tweet during Tuesday’s episode via the @NBATV twitter handle.

The Open Court series will continue weekly throughout October with three additional new episodes – “The Game is Changing” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 p.m.; “2014-15 Season Preview” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.; and “NBA Champions Edition” on Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m.

Excerpts from the season premiere of Open Court:

O’Neal on being named one the original NBA 50 Greatest Players: “When they named me to the top 50, I felt my name was added a little too quickly. It was my third or fourth year [in the league]…I took a lot of flak for being on the list. I felt like names like Bob McAdoo should have been on that list before me.  Alex English, Dominique Wilkins could’ve easily been on that list before me.”

Barkley on what it meant to be at the ceremony: “When we were all in the room, it was amazing…basketball more than any other sport, especially with the All-Star Weekend…We do such a good job of celebrating our past. I was kind of in shock. You sit around and say, ‘Wow, that’s Wilt Chamberlain. Wow, that’s Bill Russell. That’s Jerry West.  That’s Elgin Baylor.”

Thomas on why Bob McAdoo should be added to the list: “Bob McAdoo was the MVP of this league. When you talk about changing the game, he’s a 6-11 dude shooting threes. He was the first ‘stretch four.’ The original. The real one. He totally changed the game.”

Miller on whether two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash should be added to the list: “If we were all GMs, and you had Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Steve Nash all lined up, he [Nash] would be the third point guard taken. That’s why I can’t put him on there.”

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Digital, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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