NBA TV to Deliver its Most Expansive Live and Original Programming Lineup Ever for NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto with On-Site Coverage Beginning Monday, Feb. 8
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Original Programming to Include New Episodes of Open Court , Inside Stuff Presented by Samsung & After
Dark with Rick Fox , Along with The Starters & NBA GameTime Liv e From Toronto Throughout the Week
Network’s Signature Studio Show NBA GameTime to Provide Highlights, News & Analysis
Live from Toronto Starting Thursday, Feb. 11, as Kobe Bryant Prepares For His Final All-Star Appearance
NBA TV to Televise Featured Interview with Dunk Icon &
Former Raptors Legend Vince Carter on Monday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. ET
NBA Digital, co-managed by Turner Sports and the NBA, will be the destination for fans seeking the most robust coverage of NBA All-Star 2016, the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the U.S., including NBA TV’s most expansive lineup ever of live and original programming. NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App will combine to deliver a completely immersive experience featuring inside access to practices, interviews with players and coaches, highlights from all of the weekend’s top events, and coverage of the leading storylines, including Kobe Bryant’s final NBA All-Star Game appearance.
NBA TV’s All-Star coverage from Toronto will tip off Monday, Feb. 8, when The Starters, including J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, return to their hometown of Toronto with a special weeklong series, along with NBA GameTime originating on site beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, with live shows airing throughout the weekend. All-Star episodes of Open Court and Inside Stuff presented by Samsung will also be televised, and Rick Fox will return to his birthplace for two new Toronto-themed episodes of After Dark with Rick Fox.
The network’s live coverage will include NBA All-Star Media Day, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Finalists Announcement and the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice on Friday, Feb. 12; NBA All-Star Practice and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s All-Star Press Conference on Saturday, Feb. 13; and Inside the NBA presented by Kia with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith live from Toronto, on Sunday, Feb. 14.
The network’s NBA All-Star programming will also feature a primetime showcase on Monday, Feb. 15, highlighted by an exclusive one-on-one interview with Vince Carter – an eight-time NBA All-Star and Dunk icon, at 9 p.m. The Interview, conducted by Steve Smith, will cover a wide variety of topics with Carter (currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies) including his legendary 2000 Slam Dunk performance, his playing days with the Toronto Raptors, and more.
The night will conclude with a special “Basketball 101” edition of NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court at 10 p.m., with a cast of greats on the court breaking down the x’s and o’s of the game through their unique vantage points. The Open Court panel discussion will feature a collection of TNT and NBA TV analysts including O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Isiah Thomas, Grant Hill, Steve Smith, Brent Barry and Dennis Scott.
NBA TV daily content highlights for NBA All-Star 2016 include:
Monday, February 8
- The Starters will return to Toronto for weeklong coverage of NBA All-Star 2016 starting Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The collective of fan-focused voices will talk hoops and provide their unique take on the league entering NBA All-Star.
- After Dark with Rick Fox will air its first episode of the season on Monday, Feb. 8, at midnight. Fox, a native of Toronto, will tour the city while highlighting many of its leading social and cultural destinations. The former Los Angeles Lakers star will also visit the cast of Second City Comedy Club, go curling with Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Fry, interview former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis and meet with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 9-10
- The Starters will continue their All-Star coverage with live 30-minute shows from Real Sports in Toronto at 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 11
- The network’s studio show, NBA GameTime, will be live from Toronto at 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. with Thomas, Fox and host Jared Greenberg covering the night’s NBA action and previewing NBA All-Star.
- NBA TV will televise a “Dunk-A-Thon” from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. The slate of events will include every Slam Dunk competition, including the first Slam Dunk contest ever held (during the 1976 ABA All-Star Game).
Friday, February 12
- NBA TV’s live coverage of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice will start at 9:30 a.m., with the two-hour telecast including All-Star previews and analysis from NBA TV analysts Chris Webber and Grant Hill, host Matt Winer, and Kristen Ledlow reporting from the Ricoh Center.
- NBA GameTime will offer comprehensive coverage of NBA All-Star Media Day featuring live interviews with participants from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. NBA TV analysts Steve Smith and Brent Barry, along with host Vince Cellini and David Aldridge, will report from the Sheraton Centre Toronto.
- The network will televise coverage of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Finalists Announcement at 1:30 p.m. with host Rick Kamla and Aldridge. This year’s list of candidates is headlined by O’Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson. (Live streamed via NBA.com)
- The Starters will be televised from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. leading into NBA All-Star.
- NBA GameTime presented by State Farm will be live at 11:30 p.m. recapping all the day’s highlights, news and information with host Kamla, Barry and Fox.
- NBA.com will live stream the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge post-game press conferences following the event.
Saturday, February 13
- NBA TV will present exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star Practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on location at the Ricoh Center with NBA TV analysts Reggie Miller and Webber, along with Marv Albert, Craig Sager and Aldridge.
- NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung will premiere at 1 p.m. with Hill and Ledlow co-hosting a special episode highlighting NBA All-Star 2016 and the event’s backdrop of Toronto.
- At 1:30 p.m., The Starters will debut a special episode ranking all-time top players and performances in NBA All-Star history.
- The network will televise the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire at 2 p.m. with NBA TV’s Kamla, Thomas, Barry and Greenberg calling the game. The event will also include the NBA D-League Slam Dunk 2016 presented by Verizon at halftime.
- NBA TV will air NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s All-Star Press Conference at 7 p.m., also streamed live on NBA.com, prior to TNT’s exclusive presentation of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
- An All-Star edition of NBA GameTime at All-Star 2016 presented by Kia will be televised at 10:30 p.m. recapping all the day’s highlights, news and information with Cellini, Smith and Barry from the Air Canada Centre.
- NBA.com will live stream coverage of post-event press conferences following State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
Sunday, February 14
- NBA TV will tip off the day with coverage of the NBA Legends Brunch, hosted by Johnson, at 1 p.m. (Live streamed via NBA.com starting at 11:30 a.m.)
- A special NBA GameTime: All-Star Sunday will begin at 5 p.m. from Air Canada Centre, with Winer, Hill, Fox and Thomas, along with guests.
- Following TNT’s exclusive presentation of the NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, NBA TV will air Inside the NBA presented by Kia with Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith live from Toronto.
- NBA.com will also live stream post-game press conferences following the NBA All-Star Game.
Tuesday, February 16
- After Dark with Rick Fox will recap the top moments on and off the court from NBA All-Star 2016 in its second episode of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 p.m.
Digital highlights include:
- All-Star Hub – Coverage across desktop, mobile and the NBA app will feature news, highlights, analysis and more leading up to and throughout the event. Editorial coverage will include a look back at the growth of the game of basketball in Canada.
- TNT Overtime – Fans will be able to enjoy multiple camera angles of NBA All-Star 2016 events along with alternate camera options such as the DJ Cam presented by Mt. Dew on Saturday and Sunday nights. Additional events will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night featuring the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk, and Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. TNT Overtime’s coverage of All-Star Saturday Night will include Mountain Dew and Verizon as presenting sponsors, with NBA All-Star Game sponsors including Kia, Verizon and Mountain Dew.
- #NBAAllStar Spotlight – Features will include all of the latest social posts by players, teams and the best NBA content from Toronto throughout the weekend.
- Kobe Tribute Hub – Last month, NBA.com launched a special Kobe Bryant microsite (www.nba.com/kobe-tribute) celebrating the perennial All-Star’s 20-year career. For NBA All-Star 2016, the hub will look back at some of Bryant’s top moments leading into his final NBA All-Star Game.
- The New NBA All-Star Pulse – Features will include updates, video and photos from the trending All-Star festivities throughout the weekend. As every big moment happens, NBA All-Star Pulse will rank the best content and the biggest personalities. Fans can follow tweets from NBA players and insiders, share user-generated video, and get behind-the-scenes video from players, celebrities and NBA legends.
- Smitty's Mt. Rushmore – A meme generator that allows fans to choose their own collection of the greatest NBA players and coaches of all time. Fans can search players by name, position or category, then choose their top four picks; categories include greatest forwards, guards and best dunkers. Coaches have been added to this year’s Mt. Rushmore engine, along with NBA legends. Once selected, users can share their submissions across Facebook and Twitter.
- Event Coverage – The league’s signature mobile app will allow fans to track all the live event action with special features including audio from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, NBA All-Star Game and other behind-the-scenes content.
- All-Star Dashboard – A full event display via the NBA App for the weekend will include schedules, featured videos, live press conference streams, live video, social feeds and headlines.
- Event Sections – Special sections on the NBA App for each of the All-Star festivities will include event information, video and live scoring from events including the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2016 presented by Mountain Dew, the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, the NBA D-League 2016 All Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA All-Star Game.
- Platforms – Social media accounts for NBA TV and NBA on TNT, managed by Turner Sports, will showcase a wide variety of NBA All-Star 2016 content across a number of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
- Social Media Takeovers – During NBA All-Star 2016, analysts O’Neal, Webber and Smith will engage with fans and take them behind the scenes in Toronto with social media takeovers across NBA on TNT’s platforms.
- Kobe Bryant – The NBA on TNT and NBA TV accounts will also feature special tributes to 18-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant leading up to and throughout his final NBA All-Star Game.
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