TNT Tips Off NBA Preseason Coverage This Weekend

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TNT will launch its National Basketball Association preseason coverage this weekend.

The network will launch the coverage with coverage of a matchup between the Lakers and Warriors.  Golden State will play host to Los Angeles for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will anchor Saturday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Chris Webber and Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

On the studio side, Casey Stern will anchor TNT’s in-studio coverage for the game.  Stern will be joined by analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis for additional commentary.

Saturday’s game is just one of the preseason matchups that TNT will carry this month.  The network will broadcast a matchup of the Knicks and Pelicans Oct. 18.

TNT will feature a double header schedule as the NBA’s 2019-20 season opens Oct. 22. Up first on the night is a matchup of the Pelicans and the defending NBA Champion Raptors at 8 p.m.  The Lakers and Clippers follow at 10:30 p.m.

The network’s opening week broadcast schedule continues Oct. 24 with another doubleheader broadcast schedule.  Up first on the night is a matchup between the Bucks and Rockets at 8 p.m.  The Clippers and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m.

In-game coverage of each game is compliments with the return of TNT’s Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside The NBA.

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NBA TV Announces 2019-20 NBA Season Broadcast Schedule

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NBA TV will air more than 100 games during the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

Network officials announced Monday that the network will air 107 regular season games.  Thirty-three of those games will be part of double header schedules.

The network’s broadcast schedule launches Oct. 26 with a triple header.  First on the night, the Bucks host the Heat at 5 p.m.  The Knicks host the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. for the schedule’s second game of the night.  The Suns and Clippers round out the night’s schedule.

NBA TV’s first double header of the season is scheduled for Oct. 28 as the Pelicans play host to the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.  The night’s second game, set to start at 10:30, features the Clippers hosting the Hornets.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Heat hosts Atlanta in the first game of another double header.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  the night’s second game features the Lakers hosting the grizzlies.  Coverage of that game will start at 10:30 p.m.

Another highlight of this year’s schedule is a Martin Luther King Jr. Day featuring the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors on the road against the Hawks.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

These are just some of the games set for NBA TV’s NBA 2019-20 season broadcast schedule.  The network’s full schedule is noted below.

2019-20 NBA TV Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Eastern)

Day Date Time (ET) Game
Saturday Oct. 26 5 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
10 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
Monday Oct. 28 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Charlotte Hornets vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 2 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic
10 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Monday Nov. 4 7:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors
Tuesday Nov. 5 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls
Friday Nov. 8 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Nov. 11 8 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Nov. 12 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings
Saturday Nov. 16 6 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
Monday Nov. 18 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets
Tuesday Nov. 19 8 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 23 9 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz
Monday Nov. 25 8 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
Tuesday Nov. 26 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Nov. 29 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 30 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday Dec. 2 7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings
Wednesday Dec. 4 9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Thursday Dec. 5 7:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors
Saturday Dec. 7 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday Dec. 9 8 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Saturday Dec. 14 5 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns
7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Sunday Dec. 15 8 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets
Monday Dec. 16 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Tuesday Dec. 17 7 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers
Saturday Dec. 21 7 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday Dec. 22 7 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
9:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Dec. 23 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Friday Dec. 27 7 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday Dec. 29 8 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Monday Dec. 30 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday Dec. 31 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
Wednesday Jan. 1 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday Jan. 2 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. LA Clippers
Monday Jan. 6 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings
Tuesday Jan. 7 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday Jan. 14 7:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors
Saturday Jan. 18 6 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets
Monday Jan. 20 2:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday Jan. 21 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Jan. 24 3 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets
10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday Jan. 26 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets
9 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Monday Jan. 27 9 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz
Monday Feb. 3 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Clippers
Sunday Feb. 9 3:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets
Monday Feb. 10 8 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday Feb. 23 6 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets
8:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors
Monday Feb. 24 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers
Monday Mar. 2 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Sunday Mar. 8 6 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics
9 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings
Monday Mar. 9 9 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets
Friday Mar. 13 8 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Mar. 17 7 p.m. Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings
Thursday Mar. 19 8 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
Friday Mar. 20 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Saturday Mar. 21 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday Mar. 22 7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
Monday Mar. 23 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Thursday Mar. 26 8:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Mar. 27 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
Sunday Mar. 29 6 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics
8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
Monday Mar. 30 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. LA Clippers
Friday Apr. 3 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday Apr. 5 1 p.m. Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets
9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Friday Apr. 10 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday Apr. 12 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
9:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Apr. 13 7 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors

More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s 2019-20 season is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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NBA TV To Announce League’s 2019-20 Season Next Week

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NBA TV will reveal the full schedule for the National Basketball Association’s 2019-20 season next week.

The schedule will be revealed on the network’s special broadcast, NBA TV 2019-20 Schedule Release Show.  The program is scheduled to air at 3 p.m. ET Monday.

Jared Greenberg will anchor the broadcast.  Analyst Wes Wilcox will join Greenberg for additional commentary.  A variety of other Turner Sports NBA analysts will join the duo for even more commentary.

NBA TV will simulcast Monday’s broadcast online at NBA.com and the NBA app.  The league’s full season schedule will be posted online at the NBA’s official website and trough its app following Monday’s broadcast.

More information on the NBA’s 2019-20 schedule announcement is available online now along with all of the league’s latest news at:

 

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TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

More information on TNT’s broadcast of the annual NBA Awards is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAONTNT

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

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Robin Roberts To Be Honored At TNT’s Annual NBA Awards

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Good Morning America anchor and veteran broadcaster Robin Roberts will receive a special honor at next month’s NBA Awards presented by Kia.

Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award at the ceremony, which will air at 9 p.m., June 24 on TNT.  The Sager Strong Award is named for iconic TNT sidelines reporter Craig Sager and is presented annually to one person who is a trailblazer that has exemplified courage, faith, compassion and grace.

Sager died in 2016 after losing his battle with cancer. He was known as much for his bright, colorful outfits as his coverage of the NBA. Roberts, who is known for her leadership at ABC’s Good Morning America, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She was named co-anchor for GMA in 2005.

Prior to her appointment at ABC, Roberts became a well-known figure at ESPN, mostly for her work on ESPN’s SporsCenter.  Roberts started her broadcast career in Mississippi before eventually moving to Nashville and Atlanta.  That path would eventually lead Roberts to ESPN and then to ABC.

Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.  She has also been honored with the Gracie Award this year and the George Foster Peabody Award in 2012, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYs and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2014.

Other recipients of the Sager Award are figures, such as Monty Williams (2017) and Dikembe Mutombo (2018).

This year marks the third year for TNT’s NBA Awards.  The ceremony honors the NBA’s top performers from the 2018-19 season.  The program is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

More information on next months’ broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

 

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ESPN To Carry Exclusive NBA Draft Lottery Coverage

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As the 2018-19 NBA season winds down, ESPN will carry coverage of the first building block for the 2019-20 season.

The worldwide leader in sports will broadcast the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery May 14 from 8:30 – 9p.m.  The broadcast will originate live from Chicago, ILL and will feature the reveal for the Draft lottery order, analysis from ESPN on-air talent and interviews with the NBA’s top prospects.

The NBA Draft Lottery coverage will precede ESPN’s exclusive coverage of either Game 1 or 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Coverage of the matchup will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and through the ESPN app.

Prior to the network’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery, a special edition of ESPN’s NBA studio show The Jump will air at 8 p.m.  Hosted by Rachel Nichols, the special episode will feature Nichols sitting down for a one-on-one interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before going on to anchor ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery.

The full schedule of the night’s NBA coverage is noted below.

Time (ET)

Telecast

Platform

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

NBA Countdown

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

8 p.m.

The Jump at the NBA Draft Lottery

ESPN, ESPN App

8:30 p.m.

2019 NBA Draft Lottery Telecast

ESPN, ESPN App

9 p.m.

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 or Game 2

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

9 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

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ESPN Moving ‘NBA Countdown’ Back To L.A.; Announces Programming Changes For ‘SportsCenter,’ Other Shows

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown is headed back to the West Coast.

The network’s flagship NBA studio show is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center for its upcoming season.  The change is in line with ESPN’s new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will feature the NBA Countdown broadcast team.

The return of NBA Countdown to its Los Angeles studio marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that it has aired from the West Coast.  It moved to the East Coast in the 2011-’12 season and has been there ever since.

Along with the announcement of the show’s move back to Los Angeles, ESPN also announced that Michelle Beadle will leave her job as host of ESPN’s weekday morning show Get Up! and will expand her role in ESPN’s NBA coverage.  Her last appearance on Get Up! will be August 29.

Connor Schell, ESPN Executive Vice President of Content, said he was optimistic about the changes coming to ESPN’s NBA coverage, including the extension of Beadle’s contract and the expansion of her role in the network’s NBA coverage.

“We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show,” Schell said.  “We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage.  As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”

As an added bonus for audiences, the increased interest in the NBA noted by Schell has also led ESPN officials to expand The Jump, ESPN’s daily Los Angeles-based NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols, to a full one-hour format.

Other changes that are being made at ESPN, partly due to the network’s changes in its NBA coverage include the expansion of Get Up! to a two-hour show starting Sept. 3.  Starting on that day, it will air from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET.  Mike Greenberg will still host the show and Jalen  Rose will also stay on as co-host on days when he does not have to appear on NBA Countdown.

Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Diana Russini and Jen Lada — each of whom has served as guest host on Get Up! — will all continue to serve as contributors to the program.

During football season, ESPN’s NFL and college football commentators will appear on Get Up! in its expanded time slot.  That list of talent includes: Ryan Clark, Victor Cruz, Paul Finebaum, Dan Orlovsky, Jesse Palmer, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Adam Schefter, Marcus Spears, Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody.

One more change coming to the ESPN networks involves ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo.  Along with continuing on ESPN Radio, it will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. before moving solely to ESPNEWS from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  This move is also set to happen on Sept. 3.

By connection, SportsCenter will continue to air on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

More information on these changes is available online now along with all of ESPN’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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