Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, January 10, 2013

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, January 17, at 7 p.m. (ET) with the2013 NBA All-Star starters announcement and

doubleheader action featuring the L.A. Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m., followed by the Miami Heat @ L.A. Lakers


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The Inside the NBA crew takes a closer look at the Knicks

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Barkley on the one-game suspension of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony: “I’m a little disappointed in Carmelo. Once something happens on the court, it’s over with.”


O’Neal on the suspension: “Since 1995, Kevin Garnett has been a master at trash talking and getting in people’s heads.”


Smith on the suspension: “The suspension was warranted.”

Barkley on Knicks guards J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd: “J.R. Smith has been fantastic this year. Jason Kidd has been a huge influence on him. Jason Kidd has been the biggest addition to the team.”

O’Neal on Pacers center Roy Hibbert: “He’s every general manager’s and owner’s nightmare. He’s not aggressive enough. When you get the big money [four years, $58 million] that’s the general manager and ownership saying, ‘We believe in you. We need you to take us to the next level.’”

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Game 1:  New York Knicks (76) @ Indiana Pacers (81)

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Miller on Indiana Pacers guard Paul George: “He’s starting to become the face of this franchise. Paul George should be on the East reserve team in the All-Star Game.”

Miller on why Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shouldn’t be bothered by trash talking: “Carmelo Anthony has the type of game where he can shut up a lot of people on the court [with his play].”

Miller on the Pacers style of play: “It’s not going to be pretty. They grind their way to victories.”

Miller on the match-up between Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough and Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire: “Hansbrough doesn’t have the size or length that Stoudemire has.”

Miller on the Knicks/Pacers rivalry: “There’s not a lot of love lost between these two teams.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Smith on the Pacers: “Great defensive team…this is a team that has an identity now.”

Barkley on the Pacers: “They give a great effort every night.”

Barkley on the Knicks this season: “I’m not a believer in the Knicks. They’re living by threes, they don’t rebound the ball. I don’t believe in the Knicks.”

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Miller on Pacers forward Roy Hibbert: “Defensively, he’s been pretty solid for the Pacers but they were expecting a little more offensively from Roy Hibbert.”

TNT’s Sager interviewed Pacers guard Paul George after the game

George on his Pacers team beating the two top teams in the East this week: “We’re improving every game. Our defense has been holding up. Right now we’re just grinding it out.”

George on his level of play: “I’m going to continue to be aggressive.”

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Game 2:  Miami Heat (90) @ Portland Trail Blazers (92)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

Kerr on the Trail Blazers starting five: “This is an outstanding starting five for [Trail Blazers head coach] Terry Stotts. This starting five can play with anyone at anytime.”

Kerr on the Trail Blazers organization: “They’re rebuilding…but they are several pieces away. There’s a lot to like if you’re a Blazers fan.”

Kerr on Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts: “He’s done a really good job with this team. When you watch them – they play hard, they play together, there’s a plan and they execute together.”

Kerr on the Miami Heat’s LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade first half vs. Portland: “The ‘Big Three’ have been fantastic. They were engaged and active from the very beginning.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith


Barkley on Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard: “The little kid [Damian Lillard] is by far the rookie of the year. He is in such complete control of his game.”


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Kerr on Miami Heat forward LeBron James: “He’s a brilliant player. He’s a guy who studies this game. LeBron has the full package not only what he does physically but mentally as well.”

Kerr on Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum: “Nicolas Batum has put his team on his back here in the second half.”

Kerr on Trail Blazers’ late game run against the Heat: “[The Trail Blazers] starting unit can battle with anyone.”

TNT’s Aldridge interviewed Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews after their win

Matthews: “We’ve got a lot of confidence. We’re playing great at home. We’ve got big dreams with this team.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “Talent is not his problem. You can’t continually do stupid stuff. At some point you have to grow up. He’s got it all [talent-wise] but he isn’t ever going to get it. I’ve been around the NBA for 30 years and I’ve seen guys who have this type of talent and we spend their whole career saying, ‘when will he get it?’”

Barkley on the environment in Sacramento: “[Cousins] is in a bad environment in Sacramento…they don’t have the leadership. That organization isn’t strong enough. In my opinion, that organization has ruined Tyreke Evans. I thought he was going to be a perennial All-Star.”

Smith, who played for Sacramento, on news of the team’s potential move to Seattle: “It was surprising to me. The [fan] support has been there [in Sacramento] so there isn’t a reason to leave.  In order to stay, they need better players. The fan support is there…it would hurt my heart to see them go.”

Barkley on the teams that can beat the Heat in the playoffs: “Indiana and Chicago because they have an inside game with a bunch of perimeter players. You have to hammer them on the offensive boards, that’s their Achilles heel. You have to beat the Miami Heat up physically.”

O’Neal on who can beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference: “If the Knicks shoot the ball well, they can beat the Heat. The only way Indiana can beat the Heat is for Roy [Hibbert] to get out of his slump and play better than he did last year before he got the big contract.  Roy needs to step up.”

Barkley on Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard: “They can go ahead and give Lillard the Rookie of the Year Award right now. They can start putting his name on it.”

Barkley on LeBron James: “LeBron James is beautiful to play with. All you have to do is move and he’ll get you shots.”

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