NBA TV To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of The 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Courtesy:  Turner Sports

Courtesy: Turner Sports

Next Friday the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will holds its annual enshrinement ceremony and NBA TV will have exclusive coverage of the ceremony.

Broadcast of the event begins Sept. 9 at 7:30pm ET live from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.  The 2016 class of inductees includes: four-time NBA Champion and current TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal, 1997 NBA Rookie of the year and 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson, and eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming.

Broadcast of the event will be preceded by the 2016 Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show at 6:30pm ET.  Matt Winer will host the program.  He will be joined by Steve Smith and Rick Kamla.

The full 2016 list of players to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is noted below.

The full 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class:

  • Allen Iverson: Eleven-time NBA All-Star and 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Tom Izzo: Head Coach of the Michigan State University Spartans men’s basketball team and 2000 NCAA Division I National Champion
  • Yao Ming: Eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets
  • Shaquille O’Neal: Four-time NBA Champion (three-time Finals MVP), 15-time NBA All-Star and 2000 NBA MVP
  • Jerry Reinsdorf: Owner of the six-time NBA Champion Chicago Bulls
  • Sheryl Swoopes: WNBA’s first-ever signed player and three-time WNBA MVP
  • Zelmo Beaty (posthumous): Two-time NBA All-Star and three-time ABA All-Star, who averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding over his career
  • Darrel Garretson (posthumous): 27-year NBA official, organizer and leader of the National Association of Basketball Referees
  • John McClendon (posthumous): First coach to win three consecutive national championships (Tennessee State, 1957-59) and first African-American coach to coach in a professional league (ABL)
  • Cumberland Posey (posthumous): 2006 inductee of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winner of four consecutive Colored Basketball World Championships between 1900-1920

 

Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients:

  • David Aldridge: Journalist with over 20 years covering the NBA, most recently as an NBA on TNT insider, NBA TV contributor and NBA.com senior writer
  • Jay Bilas: NBA analyst with ESPN since 1995

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NBA TV To Air Nine Men’s And Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

There is some more good news for basketball fans who want to catch their favorite stars this summer ahead of the 2016 Olympics.  That is thanks to NBA TV.

Officials with NBA TV announced Tuesday that the network will carry coverage of nine Men’s and Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games in the days leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Broadcast of the games, presented by Nike, begins Friday, July 22nd at 9pm ET when the USA Men’s National Team takes on Argentina.  In total NBA TV’s USA Basketball exhibition schedule includes five USA Men’s National Team games and four USA Women’s National Team games.  Legendary NBA broadcaster Marv Albert will team with Matt Winer for play-by-play action in the USA Men’ National Team games.  They will be joined by Gold medalists Grant Hill, Reggie Miller, and Steve Smith for analysis.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional news and interviews during each game.

Vince Cellini will have the call for the USA Women’s National Team games.  He will be joined by Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie for analysis and additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The full schedule for NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition games is noted below.  Each game will be followed by a live half-hour edition of NBA TV’s NBA GameTime.  It will be broadcast live from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

 

NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition Game Telecast Schedule presented by Nike

 

Fri., July 22, at 9 p.m. ET       USA Men’s National Team vs. Argentina*

Matt Winer, Steve Smith, Jared Greenberg

 

Sun., July 24, at 8 p.m.           USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Greenberg

 

Mon., July 25, at 10 p.m.        USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Basketball Select Team

Vince Cellini, Lisa Leslie, Kristen Ledlow

 

Tue., July 26, at 10 p.m.         USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Winer, Smith, Greenberg

 

Wed., July 27, at 7:30 p.m.     USA Women’s National Team vs. France

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 7 p.m.            USA Women’s National Team vs. Canada

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 9 p.m.            USA Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela*

Winer, Grant Hill, Greenberg

 

Sun., July 31, at 4 p.m.           USA Women’s National Team vs. Australia

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Mon., August 1, at 8 p.m.       USA Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria*

Winer, Hill, Greenberg

 

As an additional bonus for basketball fans, NBA TV will air the NBA special NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball Presented by Jeep on Tuesday, July 19th at 3pm ET.  The two-and-a-half-hour program will air live from Las Vegas.  It takes viewers behind the scenes at one of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team practices in preparation for its exhibition games.  It will be hosted by Matt Winer.  He will be joined by analysts Grant Hill and Steve Smith for additional commentary.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional insight an interviews with the likes of USA National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo and USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.  The Men’s USA National Team includes a number of today’s biggest NBA stars including but not limited to: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan and Kyle Lowry.

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Concert For Ronnie Montrose Is As Good As Any Major Label’s Live Recordings

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2013 has seen quite the surplus of live concert recordings.  Bands the likes of Jane’s Addiction, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and so many others have been released to the masses.  Each of those live recordings has proven to be exceptional in its own way.  These recordings will be seen by countless audiences thanks to being released via some of the music industry’s biggest labels. It doesn’t mean that they’re the only live recordings to hit the market this year.  One independently recorded and released live concert event that deserves just as much coverage as those aforementioned recordings is the Concert for Ronnie Montrose.  Recorded April 27th, 2012 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California, this live concert event will impress anyone that is a fan of true, pure, guitar-driven rock and roll.  This applies to even those that might not be so familiar with the work of Ronnie Montrose.  There is much to like about this new live recording.  The most obvious of factors is the concert’s audio and video mix.  For a show that was independently recorded and released, it looks and sounds surprisingly good.  The show’s set list and guest lineup collectively make up another of the reasons to check out this concert.  And while it is something relatively subtle, those charged with finalizing the concert included names and titles for each artist on each song.  For those that might be unfamiliar with the artists, this inclusion will help to introduce the artists to said new audiences when they look up each name.  In turn, it could open audiences’ eyes and ears to a whole new world of music.  Together with the aforementioned factors, the Concert For Ronnie Montrose proves to be just as enjoyable as any live recording released by the industry’s major labels.

The Concert for Ronnie Montrose is an independently recorded and released live concert event.  The automatic thought that might be raised in some audiences’ minds upon reading this is that it probably doesn’t match up with the live recordings released by the record industry’s major labels.  That belief could not be any more wrong.  The reality of this concert recording is that it looks and sounds just as good as any of the countless other live recordings released on said labels already in 2013. The camera crews charged with capturing the concert expertly carried out their duties.  Home viewers get the best seat in the house.  They are taken right on stage with the musicians and even above the crowd to see the full extent of the audience in attendance.  Seeing how packed the house was on the night of April 27th, 2012 just goes to show that while Ronnie Montrose might never have been one of the biggest names in the industry, he was and still is one of the most respected individuals to pick up a guitar. It is truly a telling statement, and one that any Ronnie Montrose fan will appreciate when they watch this concert for themselves.

The Concert for Ronnie Montrose was captured just as expertly on video as any live recording released via the industry’s major labels.  It is crystal clear.  And the camera work itself is just as impressive.  Having examined the recording’s high-quality video, the next logical step is to examine its audio mix.  Having been recorded in the semi-intimate setting of San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, it goes without saying that it was extremely important that the audio be perfect.  Those that are more familiar with the science of acoustics will appreciate the painstaking efforts taken to ensure that the concert’s sound was on par with any major live recording.     Not one of the guitarists overpowered the other at any point throughout the evening.  And none of the musicians overpowered their fellow guest vocalists, either.  That set alongside the equally top notch camera work and video editing serve as the foundation for a concert recording that proves in the long run to be just as good as any of the year’s major concert recordings.

The audio and video mixes in the Concert for Ronnie Montrose collectively make for a solid foundation for this recording.  Having examined both, the next logical step in examining the presentation is to look at the collective set list and the guest lineup.  The set list that comprises this tribute concert spans the late guitarist’s rich career before his passing.  From his days with the Edgar Winter Group to his work with the band that bore his name to his solo career, this concert is front loaded with more than its share of great music.  Even audiences that might perhaps be less familiar with Montrose’s work will likely recognize the Edgar Winter Group’s hit songs ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Free Ride’ and the cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Connection.’  What’s more, those that might be fans of Dream Theater will hear quite the similarity between the concert’s opener, ‘Overture’ and certain work by Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci on the first of Liquid Tension Experiment’s two records.  Petrucci wasn’t one of the artists on hand at the Concert for Ronnie Montrose.  However, some equally big names were in attendance. And their presence is sure to impress audiences just as much as the show’s set list.

The lineup of artists on hand to pay tribute to Ronnie Montrose is just as eye-opening as the show’s set list.  Classic rock fans will recognize former Journey band mates Steve Smith and Neal Schon and Tesla front man Jeff Keith.  Also on hand were two equally big names in the form of Montrose’s former band mate and friend Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and world renowned guitarist Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot).  Hagar and Montrose’s fellow former band mates were on hand for the concert, too.  Anyone that was a fan of the band in its heyday will appreciate seeing its members back together if only for a one off show.  If the set list that makes up the show isn’t enough for audiences, then this megastar lineup of artists is certain to convince audiences to check out this recording.

So much has already been noted as to what makes the Concert for Ronnie Montrose such a joy of a live recording, even having been recorded and released independently.  There is still one factor in the recording to examine.  It is a subtle, yet important factor to examine.  It is the inclusion of what is called “supers” (or superimposed images) highlighting the names and titles of each musician to take the stage throughout the concert.  Their inclusion is important for those that might happen to be new to each musician.  The names and titles are placed right in front of each musician.  This allows audiences to directly link a name with a face.  Audiences that are less familiar with said artists can in turn link the names and faces when looking up information on each one online or otherwise.  The latent effect of all of this is the potential introduction of a whole new world of music to new audiences.  For that alone, those charged with making sure the supers matched with each artist deserve their own round of applause.  And together with the camera crews, sound editors, and performers themselves, it all comes together to make the Concert for Ronnie Montrose a concert that any purist rock and roll fan will appreciate no less with each watch.  It is available now and can be ordered online at http://www.ronniemontrose.com/merchandise/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=238.  More information on this and all things Ronnie Montrose is available via the official Ronnie Montrose website, http://www.ronniemontrose.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.