Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, November 15, 2012

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. ET with doubleheader action featuring the San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat followed by the Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.


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Charles jumps on…and then off the Knicks bandwagon

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by

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

Barkley on the L.A. Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni: “I wasn’t surprised that Mike Brown didn’t continue. I was surprised that Phil Jackson [won’t be] coaching the Lakers. I really believe Mike D’Antoni is the right fit. Who is the best coach out there that can make them [Lakers] shoot early in the shot clock? Mike D’Antoni.”

Smith on the L.A. Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni: “Phil Jackson was not going to get the job. Mike D’Antoni is a very good coach but he’s going to have to change. This is going to be fun to watch.”

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Game 1:  Boston Celtics (97) @ Brooklyn Nets (102)

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Craig Sager

Fratello on the Celtics: “Transition defense has been one of the biggest problems for the Celtics.”

Kerr on the Brooklyn Nets’ Keith Bogans: “I like that Bogans is in the starting lineup. Bogans, along with C.J. Watson gives the Nets better floor space.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

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Smith on the Nets: “They have to figure out whether they’re going to play small or are they going to play big? Their best lineup when [Gerald] Wallace comes back will be Kris Humphries coming off the bench.”

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Kerr on resting the Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this season: “It’s going to be interesting to see how he [Celtics head coach Doc Rivers] manages their [Pierce and Garnett] minutes all season.”

Kerr on Brooklyn playing close games: “They [Brooklyn] are now playing significant basketball games for the first time in their careers. As a team, they’ve got to figure out how to close out games.”

Kerr on the Brooklyn Nets 102-97 win over the Boston Celtics: “This is a big win tonight in Brooklyn…it’s a big win for them early in the season.”

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Game 2:  Miami Heat (98) @ Denver Nuggets (93)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

Miller on the Heat so far this season: “I love what they’re doing offensively. Defensively, it’s not championship defense.”

Miller on LeBron James: “He is now the face of the Miami Heat, no disrespect to Dwyane Wade. He is the best finisher in the open court.”

Miller on Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried: “What he lacks in size, he makes up for in desire.”

Miller on the youthful Denver Nuggets: “When you have a young team, you’re going to have growing pains. What better coach to lead them than George Karl.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley on LeBron James’ first half of play (12 points, five rebounds and five assists): “That was impressive but nothing he does surprises me. This guy might be the most unselfish superstar we’ve ever had in the NBA.”

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Miller on the Miami’s Shane Battier and his ability to take charges: “Shane Battier probably started taking charges in the seventh grade because he does it so well.”

Miller on the Denver Nuggets closing a 19-point lead to a one point deficit in the fourth quarter: “Miami, after that [big] lead went into cruise control. They thought the Denver Nuggets were going to sleep.”

TNT’s David Aldridge interviewed Miami Heat forward LeBron James after the game

James: “We have an unselfish team. We have confidence in everyone’s ability on the floor.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Smith on Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried: “He’s a new-age Dennis Rodman without the headaches.”

Barkley on Nuggets veteran point guard Andre Miller: “Andre Miller is a perfect example of someone young kids can learn from. It’s not how high you can jump or how fast you can run to be a helluva player.”

Barkley on the Heat and LeBron James: “They are the best team in the NBA and LeBron is on a different level than every other player in the league right now.”

Barkley on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony’s contributing to his team’s win with 12 rebounds despite only scoring 9 points: “What makes guys better players is when you have an off-night offensively, you can find another way to help your team win.”

Barkley on the Nets: “The Brooklyn Nets will have a better record than the New York Knicks.”

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