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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ESPN Networks To Air NBA Free Agency Specials

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ESPN continues its off-season coverage of the National Basketball Association next week.

The network will cover the start of the league’s free agency period on The JumpFree Agency Special.  The broadcast is scheduled to air from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.

The NBA’s free agency period opens at 6 p.m. June 30. Prior to its open, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will team up for Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special from 7 – 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

More episodes of the JumpFree Agency Special are scheduled to air 8 to 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 2 on ESPN and from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 3 on ESPN2.  The upcoming broadcasts are in addition to regular broadcasts of The Jump, which are scheduled to air from 3 to 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  All broadcasts are also available online via the ESPN App.

Among this year’s most prominent free agents are players, such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

As an addition to its free agency coverage, ESPN’s networks will also offer coverage of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.  The games will broadcast via the ESPN App.

More information the NBA’s off-season free agency moves 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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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

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

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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TNT Announces Thursday Night NBA Double Header Schedule

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TNT will air a double header schedule of NBA games Thursday night.

The Rockets and Thunder open the night at 8 p.m. in a Western Conference showdown.  The Bucks and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. in a cross-conference matchup of East vs. West.

Game 1 will be interesting in its own right as the host Thunder has proven so far in the season to be better at home than on the road at 3-2, 2-2 respectively.  Meanwhile, the Rockets have been decidedly better on the road (4-1) than at home (0-4), so while the Thunder leads the Thunder in the Western Conference, Thursday’s match is certain to be a tight one on both sides of the ball.

Game 2 will be just as interesting as Game 1 because both the Bucks and the host Warriors have proven so far to be better at home than on the road this season.  The Bucks have gone 6-1 at home and 2-1 on the road so far while the Warriors have gone 6-1 at home and 4-1 on the road.

Milwaukee has gone 8-1 in its last 10 games and won its most recent game.  Meanwhile Golden State has gone 9-1 in its last 10 games, and is in the midst of a strong 8-game win streak, so the edge seems to go to Golden State, going strictly by the numbers.

Marv Albert will have the call in Game 1.  he will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude will be courtside with all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

Kevin Harlan will have the call for Game 2.  He will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will have all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

More information on TNT’s NBA coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt

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

 

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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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ESPN Announces 2018 NBA Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced its early broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA’s 2018 pre-season.

The ESPN networks will broadcast five NBA pre-season games, beginning with a Western Conference matchup between the Denver Nuggets (Northwest Division) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific Division) on September 30.  Coverage for that game is currently scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The second game on the schedule — another Western Conference matchup — is scheduled to be broadcast October 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.  This time, the Sacramento Kings (Pacific Division) are scheduled to visit fellow Pacific Division foes and defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in that game.

NBA fans get a double treat on October 10 as ESPN will carry a double header schedule that day.  First up at 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bulls will host the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Central Division.  At 10:30 p.m. ET the Lakers play host to the Warriors in the Western Conference Pacific Division.

The Lakers and Warriors play one more time October 12, this time on ESPN2.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The full broadcast schedule for ESPN’s NBA pre-season is outlined below.  All five games on the schedule will also be simulcast online via the ESPN app.

Full schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Location

Platform

Sun, Sept. 30

9:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Valley View Casino Center,

San Diego, Calif.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 5

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors

KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.

ESPN, ESPN App

Wed, Oct. 10

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

United Center,

Chicago, Ill.

ESPN, ESPN App

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena,

Las Vegas, Nev.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 12

10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

SAP Center,

San Jose, Calif.

ESPN2, 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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