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NBA TV to Exclusively Televise 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony – Featuring Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming – Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Network’s Hall of Fame Week Programming to Include Premiere of Hour-Long Interview
with O’Neal Conducted by Inside the NBA Colleague Ernie Johnson

NBA TV will exclusively televise the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony from Springfield, Mass., on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The star-studded 2016 Hall of Fame class will be headlined by four-time NBA Champion and current TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal, 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson and eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming. NBA TV’s coverage will begin with the 2016 Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Matt Winer alongside Steve Smith and Rick Kamla.

The network’s comprehensive Hall of Fame programming will devote a day apiece to highlight some of the most memorable career performances by Iverson, O’Neal and Yao, as well as originally produced NBA TV content and profiles on NBA.com.  Special programming includes:

Allen Iverson: Tuesday, Sept. 6, starting at 6 a.m.

NBA TV will honor Iverson, the 11-time NBA All-Star, starting with a seven-game Hardwood Classics marathon at 6 a.m.  Iverson’s 48-point performance for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers will be featured at 1:30 p.m., along with two Hardwood Classic premieres - his 30-point, six-assist NBA debut on Nov. 1, 1996 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:30 p.m. and career-high 58-point outing against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 15, 2002, airing at 8:30 p.m.

Allen Iverson: The Answer, a sit-down interview conducted by NBA TV’s Steve Smith in which Iverson reflects on his playing career and the moments that made him one of the most talked about figures in NBA history, will air at 7:30 p.m.

Shaquille O’Neal: Wednesday, Sept. 7, starting at 10 a.m.

The network will celebrate the 2000 NBA MVP with five consecutive Hardwood Classics, beginning with the 15-time All-Star’s career high 61-point birthday effort as a member of the 2000 Lakers at 10 a.m. Featured matchups will also include Game 6 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when O’Neal’s Orlando Magic eliminated Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, Jordan’s only playoff series loss between 1991-98, airing at 4 p.m.

The premiere of an exclusive one-on-one hour-long interview with O’Neal, conducted by his TNT colleague and Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson will air at 8 p.m. The two discuss O’Neal’s childhood and his relationship with his stepfather in an in-depth look at how they influenced his Hall of Fame career.

Yao Ming: Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 9 a.m.

NBA TV will offer a look at the Houston Rockets star’s most impressive on-court performances, as well as his business pursuits, starting with a Hardwood Classics doubleheader at 9 a.m. The day tips off with the Rockets’ 113-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the 2005 Western Conference First Round, when Yao tallied 33 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the field.  At 11 a.m., the network will showcase Yao’s 28-point, 10-rebound playoff victory against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers in Game 1 of the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals.

Additional featured programming includes a 1 p.m. airing of Inside the Boardroom, an NBA TV special in which Yao talks with former Microsoft CEO and current L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer about life as an NBA owner. Following Inside the Boardroom, NBA TV will present Centers of the Universe, a 30-minute special feature telling the story of the emotionally charged matchups between Yao and O’Neal, reflecting on their relationship as rivals and friends.

Hall of Fame Coverage Across NBA Digital and Social Media

NBA.com will run profiles on all of the 2016 inductees at http://www.nba.com/halloffame. Additional digital coverage will feature content around all members of the 2016 class starting on Thursday, Sept. 1, and continuing through the Labor Day holiday.  The site will also provide live streaming coverage of the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Press Conference on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m., followed by the 2016 Family Reunion Awards Dinner, with live on-site reporting from Scott Howard-Cooper.  On Friday, Sept. 9, the Red Carpet Show will stream at 6:30 p.m., followed by coverage of the enshrinement ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Social media coverage will include specialty features on O’Neal and Iverson, including gifs and graphics highlighting some of their most memorable career moments.  Additionally, social will feature live, all-access coverage on-site from the Hall of Fame.

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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