TNT to Exclusively Present Live Coverage of NBA All-Star 2016 Marquee Events from Toronto, Feb. 11-14
Thursday, February 4, 2016
2016 NBA All-Star Game to Showcase League’s Top Talent with 18-Time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook & Kawhi Leonard Leading the Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference Starters LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Paul George & Kyle Lowry
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night to Feature NBA’s Elite Performers Competing in Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk
TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-Winning Inside the NBA presented by Kia to be Televised Live from Toronto Beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, from Real Sports
TNT will be the exclusive home for extensive live coverage of NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto, Feb. 11-14, featuring all of the league’s premium events and unparalleled access to its biggest stars. Turner Sports, marking its 31st year of All-Star coverage, will televise more than 26 hours of NBA All-Star programming on TNT culminating with the 65th annual NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia from Air Canada Centre on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 8:30 p.m. ET and pre-game coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Additionally, coverage of the NBA All-Star Game will be simulcast on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m.
Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia will showcase the league’s elite talent including 18-time All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, participating in his final All-Star Game. Bryant will be joined by Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard for the Western Conference against an Eastern Conference starting five featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Indiana’s Paul George and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.
Marv Albert, calling his 21st NBA All-Star Game, will provide play-by-play commentary for the game with analysts Reggie Miller and Chris Webber, along with reporters Craig Sager – making his All-Star return after attending every All-Star Game between 1988 and 2014 – and David Aldridge.
On the eve of the NBA All-Star Game, TNT will feature the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. with some of the league’s most exciting dunkers, three-point shooters and multi-faceted skill players on display. Play-by-play commentator Kevin Harlan will be joined by analysts Miller and Kenny Smith for the night’s festivities, along with TNT’s multiple-time Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.
Leading into the network’s Saturday night lineup (Feb. 13), TNT will feature a series of original programming including an all-new episode of the critically acclaimed Open Court at 5 p.m. Hosted by Brent Barry, the one-hour show will include Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Miller, former All-Stars O’Neal, Grant Hill, Steve Smith and three-point sharpshooter Dennis Scott taking the court in their jerseys to explain and show the defining moves of their playing days.
TNT’s Saturday night programming lineup will also include NBA Talent Challenge, a competition featuring NBA players demonstrating their off-the-court talents, at 6 p.m. The talent show, produced by Turner Sports in association with Juma Entertainment, will include NBA players Golden State’s Harrison Barnes (playing the saxophone), New Orleans' Norris Cole (jazz piano), Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (singing and piano), Atlanta’s Mike Muscala (rapping), the Lakers' Tarik Black (trumpet), Phoenix’s Jon Leuer (juggling) and Dallas' Jeremy Evans (art/painting). The telecast will be hosted by Johnson with Barkley, Smith and O’Neal serving as judges. Fan voting will determine the winner from a pool of five finalists.
NBA All-Star coverage will tip off from Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 11, with Inside the NBA presented by Kia televised live from Real Sports. Host Johnson and analysts Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will provide a one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show at 7 p.m., along with American Express Halftime Show updates and post-game coverage following the network’s game telecast featuring the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m.
Daily highlights for TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage include:
Thursday, February 11
- TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA presented by Kia studio team of Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will provide pregame coverage at 7 p.m., American Express Halftime Show updates and a post-game show live from Real Sports in Toronto.
- Thursday’s NBA on TNT primetime telecast will feature the Thunder with Durant and Westbrook visiting the Pelicans and Anthony Davis at 8 p.m. Brian Anderson will call the game with Mike Fratello (analyst) and Allie LaForce (reporter).
Friday, February 12
- TNT will exclusively televise live coverage of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge from Air Canada Centre at 9 p.m. This year’s event will feature a USA vs. World format with some of the league’s top young talent in action including New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor and Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker.
- The Inside the NBA presented by Kia studio team of Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will provide American Express Halftime Show updates and post-game analysis live from Air Canada Centre.
Saturday, February 13
- Tipping off the night’s coverage, TNT will televise a series of original programming beginning with a new episode of Open Court at 5 p.m., with the cast of NBA greats taking the floor to show and explain some of their best moves, and NBA Talent Challenge, a one-hour show capturing NBA players demonstrating some of their hidden off the court talents, at 6 p.m.
- At 7 p.m., the network will feature a one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show with Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal from Air Canada Centre.
- State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk, will tip off at 8 p.m. Harlan will provide play-by-play commentary with analysts Miller and Smith throughout the evening, along with commentary from the Inside the NBA team of Johnson, Barkley and O’Neal.
- The participants for Saturday night’s featured events will be officially unveiled during TNT’s pregame show tonight, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 14
- TNT will exclusively televise the NBA All-Star Game 2016 presented by Kia with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Johnson will host the pre-game show with Barkley, Smith and O’Neal.
- Albert will call the game with analysts Miller and Webber and reporters Sager and Aldridge.
- NBA All-Star Game coverage will be simulcast on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 p.m.
- Following the NBA All-Star Game, Inside the NBA presented by Kia will be televised on NBA TV.
TNT Overtime will continue to offer fans a unique video companion experience throughout NBA All-Star 2016 – including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia. Additionally, TNT Overtime will feature a special camera angle focused solely on Kobe Bryant as one of the available options for fans during the 2016 All-Star Game. Fans will once again be able to vote for the players they would like to follow from each team and engage in the social conversation surrounding All-Star weekend.
Live streaming of NBA All-Star coverage airing on TNT will also be available via www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app. Fans are able to access the content whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.
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