ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive NBA Finals Coverage

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ABC will have full coverage of this year’s NBA Finals.

The stage is set for this year’s clash of the champions as LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cavaliers facing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors for this year’s title.  ABC, which is part of the ESPN family of networks, will carry full coverage of this year’s championship series between the teams starting Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m.

The full schedule for this year’s NBA Finals is noted below.

NBA Finals on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes & ESPN App:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Thu, June 1

9 p.m.

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, June 4

8 p.m.

Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, June 7

9 p.m.

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, June 9

9 p.m.

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, June 12

9 p.m.

*Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, June 15

9 p.m.

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, June 18

8 p.m.

*Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the series for its eighth consecutive year together.  Steve Javie will also be on hand offering analysis on the game’s officiating.

This year’s NBA Finals marks the third straight year that the Cavs and Warriors have vied for the league’s top spot.  It marks the 15th consecutive year that ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC.  The series will be simulcast on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.

Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the series alongside Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein.  This year is ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive year covering the NBA Finals.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will provide pre-game coverage live on-site leading up to each game.

ESPN’s The Jump and NBA Countdown will provide additional NBA Finals coverage throughout the series.  The Jump will air on-site throughout the series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. while NBA Countdown will air before each game and during halftime.  The pre-game show will be evenly split between ESPN and ABC.

As if that is not enough coverage, ESPN’s First Take will also offer its own special coverage with several special prime-time broadcasts.  ESPN3 will also offer a second-screen digital look at pre-game warm-ups, post-game press conferences and much more.

ESPN International will broadcast each game internationally in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim region.

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Bucks, Raptors Go To Game 5 Live Monday Night On NBA TV

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The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, and NBA TV’s coverage of the playoffs continues April 24.

NBA TV will have coverage of Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Spero Dedes, Grant Hill and Richard “Rip” Hamilton on the call.  Reporter Jen Hale will be courtside for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

 

NBA TV will offer extensive pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage of the game as well as live coverage of the game.

The Bucks and Raptors are currently tied at two games each coming into Monday’s game.  The winner of this series will go on to face Cleveland, who swept Indiana in four games in the first round of the playoffs, in the quarterfinals.

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Bucks, Bulls Lead TNT’s NBA Broadcast Schedule Thursday Night

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT has announced its broadcast schedule for this week’s Thursday NBA double header slate.

Up first on the night is an Eastern Conference showdown between the Bucks and Bulls.  Thursday’s game is a big one for both teams.  Chicago currently sits second in the Central Division, 4.5 games back from the division-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.

Milwaukee on the other hand sits in the basement in the Central Division at 11 – 12 so far on the season, 6.5 games back from the Cavs.  Each team is 5 – 5 in its last 10 games, but Chicago is more primed for a win, having won its last two games.  The Bucks meanwhile have lost three straight.  So both teams will be playing hard Thursday night, one to get out of a slump and the other to extend its streak.

Brian Anderson and Reggie Miller will have the call for Thursday’s Eastern Conference, Central Division matchup between the Bucks and Bulls.  Special guest Chris Webber will also be on hand for additional commentary live from Area 21.

Next up on the night is a cross-conference matchup between the Knicks and Warriors.  Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.  The Lakers have picked up the 2016 – ’17 season right where they left off last season.  The team is in the midst of a 7-game skid, 12 games back from the Western Conference, Pacific Division-leading Warriors.

New York meanwhile sits second in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, three games back from the division-leading Toronto Raptors, who surprised everybody last season.  New York has won two straight and is looking to keep the numbers coming in the “W” column.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin McHale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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Cavs, Bulls Lead Off ESPN’s Special Friday Double Header NBA Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will face off Friday and ESPN will have full coverage of the game including exclusive broadcasts of NBA Countdown, The Jump and SportsCenter.  It all leads up to the 1-2 showdown in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division.

The Jump will air at a special time of 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2 live inside the United Center.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analayst Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst for additional commentary on the one-hour edition of the program.

NBA Countdown begins at 7 p.m. EST and will also broadcast live from the United Center.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the hour-long broadcast as it leads up to the 8 p.m. tip-off for the Cavaliers – Bulls matchup at 8p.m. EST.  Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady for additional commentary.

Mike Breen will have the call for Friday night’s game between the Eastern Division-leading Cavaliers and the Bulls, who are right behind them.  Breen will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter and Chicago native Cassidy Hubbarth will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional bonus for fans, ESPN3 will carry a live stream of the teams’ pre-game, on-court workouts and drills beginning at 7:15 p.m. EST.  SportsCenter will be live on site throughout the day for even more coverage.  That coverage includes live updates and post-game updates.

The Cavs and Bulls are just first game scheduled for the night.  The Nuggets will host the Rockets at 10:30 p.m. EST in an inter-divisional matchup in the Western Conference.  Ryan Ruocco will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Doug Collins for additional commentary.

Both games and additional coverage is available online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.  More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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TNT To Launch Its NBA 2016-’17 Season Coverage Tuesday Night

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT will kick off its coverage of the NBA’s 2016-2017 season Tuesday night with a double header matchup.

Opening Night presented by Autotrader opens Tuesday night at 7pm with live coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers receiving their championship rings.  Following the ceremony, Cleveland will play host to the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game was originally scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET.

The second game on the night will see the Golden State Warriors–on the heels of an historic 73-win season—hosting the San Antonio Spurs at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The 2016-’17 season marks the 21st season that TNT has launched its NBA season coverage with a double header schedule.  Marv Albert will have the call for the Cavs/Knicks game.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Kevin Harlan will have the call for TNT’s coverage of the Warriors and Spurs.  He will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Tuesday night’s double-header schedule will be preceded by TNT’s pre-game coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be live for the network’s pre-game coverage and for the network’s American Express Halftime Report.

The trio will also wrap up the night’s action on the network’s post-game show, Inside the NBA presented by Kia.

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday night with another double-header beginning at 8pm ET as the Bulls host the Celtics.  Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Mike Fratello for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Portland hosts the Clippers in the second of the night’s games beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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NBA TV Reveals Early Details For 2016 – ’17 NBA Season Coverage

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Football season is officially here.  But not everybody has their eyes set to the gridiron.

Turner Sports has announced early details for its coverage of the 2016 – 2017 NBA season.  NBA TV launches its coverage of the 2016 – 2017 NBA season on Saturday, October 29th with a double header schedule. The day’s schedule begins with a matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs at 8pm ET.  The Timberwolves and Kings follow at 10:30 pm ET.  The schedule is just the first of 32 double header schedules that NBA TV has set for the season.

NBA Fan Night will debut Tuesday, November 1st with yet another of those double headers when the Cavaliers host the Rockets at 7:15pm ET.  The Warriors and Trail Blazers follow at 10pm.

NBA TV will have a special day of coverage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with yet another double header schedule.  The Hawks and Knicks will lead off the day beginning at 1pm ET.  The Pelicans and Pacers follow at 4pm ET.

Along with the featured matchups noted here, TNT’s coverage of the 2016 – 2017 season includes multiple appearances by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics.  The network’s full broadcast schedule for the 2016 – ’17 NBA season is noted below.

NBA TV 2016-17 Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

 

 

 

Date

Time

Teams

Saturday, Oct. 29

8 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs

10:30 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings

Saturday, Oct. 30

7 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies

Monday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Toronto Raptors

Tuesday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Nov. 5

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

Sunday, Nov. 6

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Dallas Mavericks

Monday, Nov. 7

7 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers

Tuesday, Nov. 8

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings

Friday, Nov. 11

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Saturday, Nov. 12

9 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets

Monday, Nov. 14

8 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets

Tuesday, Nov.15

7 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Nov. 19

8 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies

10:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Nov. 21

8:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday, Nov. 22

7:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks

10:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers

Friday, Nov. 25

7:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, Nov. 26

7 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Washington Wizards

Monday, Nov. 28

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

Tuesday, Nov. 29

9 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz

Wednesday, Nov. 30

7:30 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics

10 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Dec. 3

9 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz

Monday, Dec. 5

8 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets

Tuesday, Dec. 6

8 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves

Saturday, Dec. 10

8 p.m.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

10:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Dec. 12

7:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

Sunday, Dec. 18

7 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks

Monday, Dec. 19

8 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves

Tuesday, Dec. 20

8 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

10:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers

Friday, Dec. 23

7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics

10:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Dec. 26

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, Dec. 27

7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, Dec. 28

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans

10:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

Friday, Dec. 30

8 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves

Saturday, Dec. 31

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls

Sunday, Jan. 1

6 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks

Monday, Jan. 2

8 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls

Tuesday, Jan. 3

7:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics

10:30 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, Jan. 8

8 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies

Tuesday, Jan. 10

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

10:30 p.m.

Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors

Thursday, Jan. 12

3 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets

Monday, Jan. 16

1 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

4 p.m.

New Orleans Hornets at Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, Jan. 17

7:30 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday, Jan. 24

7 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Sunday, Jan. 29

6 p.m.

Washington Wizards at New Orleans Pelicans

9 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Tuesday, Jan. 31

7 p.m.

New York Knicks at Washington Wizards

10 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Portland Trail Blazers

February 7

8 p.m.

Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets

Sunday, Feb. 12

6 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors

9 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings

Tuesday, Feb. 14

8 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, Feb. 25

5 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings

Sunday, Feb. 26

3:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks

7 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder

9:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, Feb.

7 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards

10:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, March 5

6 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

Tuesday, March 7

8 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday, March 10

8 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings

Sunday, March 12

6 p.m.

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, March 14

7 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

Thursday, March 16

7 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday, March 17

7 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards

10 p.m.

Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns

Sunday, March 19

6 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors

Thursday, March 23

7:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets

10 p.m.

New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers

Friday, March 24

8 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks

Saturday, March 25

8:30 p.m.

New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday, March 28

8 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

10:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, March 29

7 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic

Saturday, April 1

5 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls

Sunday, April 2

6 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat

9 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns

Friday, April 7

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns

Saturday, April 8

5:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets

Sunday, April 9

1 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks

3:30 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks

9:30 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday, April 11

8 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings

More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the 2016 – 20117 NBA season is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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NBA TV To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Summer League Play

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

The 2015 – 2016 NBA season is officially over.  But that doesn’t mean that the basketball action is over.  NBA TV is going to have plenty of NBA action this summer beginning with coverage of the NBA Summer League.

NBA TV announced this week that it will offer basketball fans extensive coverage of all three of the NBA’s summer leagues this summer.  In all, it will present a total of 60 games in 14 days from all three leagues.  It all kicks off this Saturday, July 2nd with 24 games in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.  Those games will be played at Amway Center, practice facility of the Orlando Magic.  They will be played between July 2nd and July 8th.  Six other games will be broadcast from The Utah Jazz Summer League presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried and Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission.  Along with all of that coverage, NBA TV will also present 30 games from the Samsung Summer League 2016 from Las Vegas.  Those games will be presented from July 8th – 15th.  The top 10 selections in the 2016 NBA Draft are expected to take part in the games at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion.

The Orlando Summer League opens its play July 2nd with 10 team in action on the hard court.  Up first will be the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks at 9am ET.  The Thunder picked up 1st Round draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in this year’s draft.  Speaking of the Magic, Orlando has a pair of split squad games on the same day at 11am ET (against the Charlotte Hornets) and 1pm ET (against the Indiana Pacers).  Up next on the day’s schedule are the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons at 3pm ET.  The Pistons drafted Henry Ellenson 18th overall in this year’s draft.  The Heat and Clippers follow at 5pm ET.  That is just part of the day’s schedule.  More information on the day’s schedule is available online via NBA TV’s official website.

Day 2 for the Orlando Summer League will feature a key matchup between the Clippers and Thunder at 5pm ET.  The Clippers picked up Brice Johnson in the first round of this year’s draft.  Before that, the Pacers and Hornets tip off at 1pm ET.  The Knicks and Heat follow at 3pm ET.

Moving on to the Utah Jazz Summer League, NBA TV launches coverage of that league July 4th with a showdown between the 76ers and Celtics.  It will be the teams’ first meeting in the summer league schedule.  Coverage of that game begins July 4th at 7pm ET.  It is the first of a double-header schedule for the league’s opening day.  The Jazz and Spurs follow in a 9pm ET matchup.  The Spurs drafted Dejounte Murray 29th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.  Philadelphia and Boston were just as busy in the draft.  Philadelphia picked up Ben Simmons with the #1 pick.  They also drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24th overall) and Furkam Korkmaz (26th overall).  Boston meanwhile drafted Jaylen Brown 3rd overall), Guerschon Yabusele (16th overall), and Ante Zizic (23rd overall).

Over in the Samsung Summer League, the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers open play there when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks July 8th at 6pm ET.  The Bucks drafted Thon Maker in the #10 spot in this year’s draft.  The Hawks and Rockets tip off at 8pm ET with the Raptors and Kings rounding out the day’s coverage at 10:30pm ET.  The Hawks were busy in their own right in this year’s draft, picking up Taurean Prince 12th overall via trade and DeAndre Bembry 21st overall.  The Raptors picked up Jakob Peltl 9th overall.  The Kings were quite busy in this year’s draft.  Sacramento acquired Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labassiere in a trade with the Suns.  The team also picked up Malachi Richardson in a trade with the Hornets.

The Suns open their summer play July 9th at 4pm ET against the Portland Trailblazers.  Phoenix picked up two players in last week’s draft action.  The team took Dragan Bender 4th overall and Marquese Chriss 8th overall via a trade with Sacramento.  The Bulls and Celtics follow in their first summer league showdown at 6pm.  Chicago drafted Denzel Valentine 14th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Lakers and Warriors round out this year’s NBA TV summer league coverage on Monday, July 16th at 10:30pm ET.  The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram 2nd overall in this year’s draft. The Warriors meanwhile drafted Damien Jones 30th overall.

Those that won’t be near a television throughout NBA TV’s extensive coverage of the league’s summer play can always catch the action online.  That is thanks to the league’s NBA app. It will offer live scoring, video, top stories, game alerts and more.  NBA.com will have its own coverage with the Summer League Hub presented by Samsung.  It will have daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, and NBA style content.  More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s summer league play is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.nba.com/nbatv

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

 

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Craig Sager To Make Special Appearance At ABC’s NBA Finals Game 6 Broadcast

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ABC’s broadcast team is going to have a special guest Thursday night when it broadcasts Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will join the team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Doris Burke in Thursday night’s broadcast.  The special one-night-only appearance will see Sager join Burke courtside throughout the game’s broadcast on ABC.  This is a very special one-night-only appearance for Sager alongside Burke and company, who are normally competition to Turner Sports.

Sager has released a statement noting his honor at being invited to join Breem and company for Thursday night’s broadcast and his intent to add to the broadcast, not distract from it.  “I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team,” he said.  “I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6.  The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.”

John Wildhack is ESPN Executive Vice President of Production and programming.  He espoused Sager’s reputation as an NBA broadcaster in bringing him in for the broadcast in his own statement.  “Craig is an iconic member of the NBA family who indelibly makes his mark on each and every broadcast. I know our entire team is delighted to work with Craig for Game 6. We all agree his professional reputation is second-to-none, though it’s his personal reputation – that of class, selflessness and respect – which makes this even more special for our team. We hope that this will be a special night for Craig and for NBA fans.”  Wildhack was also certain to note Sager’s interest in the opportunity for bringing him on board for the broadcast as well as his [Wildhack’s] respect for those at Turner Sports in arranging Sager’s appearance.  “We are grateful for his interest and for the continued collaboration with our friends at Turner.”

Sager has worked with Turner Sports for 34 years.  He joined the company in 1982.  This summer he will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The 2016 ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC.  ESPN’s annual awards broadcast, it is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 13th on ABC.  Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be available on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  Coverage begins at 8:30pm ET with NBA Countdown on ABC.  More information on this new announcement is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Finals Game 6

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The 2016 NBA Finals has been one of the most exciting NBA Championship series in recent memories.  The series, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has kept fans on both sides of the ball on the edge of their collective seats right from Game 1 right up to Game 5.  And now thanks to the Cavs’ continued efforts, they have forced the series into Game 6.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will air live this Thursday, June 16th on ABC.  Coverage is currently expected to begin at 9pm ET.  Mike Breen will have the call for Thursday night’s pivotal matchup.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Doris Burke will be courtside for additional news and interviews throughout the game.  Thursday’s game will be preceded by NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for additional commentary.  Paul Pierce will also be on hand for select games.

ESPN will air a special edition of SportsCenter On The Road at 6pm on Thursday to preview the evening’s game.  Lindsay Czarniak will anchor the broadcast live from Quicken Loans Arena.  Reporters will also be embedded with each team Thursday morning for all of the latest updates.

Anyone that won’t be near a TV for Thursday night’s game can still catch all of the action on the radio and online.  That is because the game will be simulcast on the radio on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  More information on Thursday night’s game is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Comprehensive Coverage Of The 2016 NBA Finals

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The matchup for the 2016 NBA Finals is now official.  The Golden State Warriors will continue their record-setting season and defend their title against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.  And the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the season’s final series.

The 2016 NBA Finals tip off this Thursday, June 1st on ABC.  It marks the 14th time that ABC has covered the NBA Finals.  Coverage of Game One is set to begin at pm ET.  The same applies to each weeknight Finals broadcast.  Coverage for Sunday games begins at 8pm ET.  Each game will be preceded by a half-hour, on-site edition of NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor each broadcast.  She will be joined on site by analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.  It will be the third year that the trio will handle pre-game duties together at the NBA Finals.  As an added bonus for fans Paul Pierce, 10-time NBA All-Star and 2008 NBA Finals MVP, will join Steel and company as a special guest analyst for select games.    Each game will be simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on the radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.

Mike Breen will anchor each game’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Doris Burke.  Former NBA official Steve Javie will be live from the NBA replay center in Seacaucus, NJ for additional commentary.  This year’s broadcast is a record for Van Gundy.  It will be the 11th Finals for Breen.  Jeff Van Gundy will make his 10th appearance covering the NBA Finals.  The full schedule for this year’s broadcast of the NBA Finals is noted below.

 

2016 NBA Finals on ABC schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Thu, June 2

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 1

Sun, June 5

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2

Wed, June 8

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 3

Fri, June 10

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 4

Mon, June 13

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 5*

Thu, June 16

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 6*

Sun, June 19

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 7*

*if necessary

 

On the radio side, NBA Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will have the call for each game.  It will be his 15th year covering the NBA Finals.   This includes coverage on both radio and television.  That is the most for any NBA commentator.  Play-by-Play vet Kevin Calabro will join Brown on ESPN Radio for coverage of the NBA Finals along with reporters Marc Stein and Shelley Smith.  Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will handle pre-game and halftime duties live from the ESPN Radio studios.  Each weeknight broadcast of the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio begins at 8pm and Sunday games at 7pm ET.

Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will have coverage of the NBA Finals for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by reporters Claudia Trejos, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen for additional commentary.  Additional news about the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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