Turner Sports Tips Off 2015-16 NBA Season with Marquee Opening Week Doubleheaders & Special Fan Events from Bay Area

TNT’s Inside the NBA Cast of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal To Broadcast Live from Pier 43 in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct. 27TNT’s Inside the NBA Cast of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal To Broadcast Live from Pier 43 in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct. 27

Turner Sports will officially launch Kia NBA Tip-Off ’15, the opening week of the 2015-16 NBA regular season, with a pair of marquee NBA doubleheaders and special live broadcasts and on-site attractions from the Bay Area – home of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors – during NBA on TNT Premiere Week presented by Autotrader.  Entering its 32nd consecutive year of NBA coverage, TNT will open the season with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 27, with the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal providing a live pre-game show at 7 p.m. ET from Pier 43 in San Francisco.  The special NBA on TNT Opening Night 2015 presented by Autotrader pre-game telecast is part of a daylong attraction presented by sponsors Mountain Dew and Samsung Galaxy to celebrate the start of the NBA season.

The Opening Night doubleheader will feature the NBA Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James visiting the Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Warriors and Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry hosting the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis at 10:30 p.m.  TNT’s live game coverage will include the Ring Ceremony for the Warriors prior to their showdown with the Pelicans.  Kevin Harlan will call the Cavs/Bulls telecast with analyst Reggie Miller and reporter David Aldridge, with Marv Albert providing play-by-play for Pelicans/Warriors with analyst Chris Webber and reporter Craig Sager.

For NBA fans in the Bay Area, TNT’s critically-acclaimed studio show will be part of a daylong on-site activation open to the public that will originate from Pier 43 in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  Beginning at 10 a.m. PT, the space will be transformed to include a massive LED basketball court, a performance stage sponsored by new NBA official partner Mountain Dew®, a viewing area and more. The 40’ LED court powered by the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch will be home to appearances by NBA Legends, Jr. NBA basketball clinics and shoot arounds, skills challenges and other games on the court throughout the day. Samsung is also bringing its ever-popular Samsung Experience to Pier 43 for the day to give NBA fans a host of fun activities to get hands-on with the latest suite of mobile products, including the all-new Gear S2, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5 and Samsung Gear VR. Beginning at 4 p.m. PT, Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will be on hand to broadcast live from Pier 43 throughout the entire evening, including pre-game, halftime updates and the post-game Inside the NBA presented by Kia.      

Capping off the day’s events and leading into the live game telecasts, the NBA on TNT Opening Night Concert Charged by Dew will feature a free, high-energy musical performance live from Pier 43. After the performance, which will be incorporated into TNT’s coverage from San Francisco, fans will be treated to a viewing party for the night’s doubleheader. The musical artist performing at the event will be announced in the coming days.  Due to space restrictions, the area immediately surrounding the stage location will be limited to credentialed fans during the TNT telecasts and live concert event.

Additionally, beginning Monday, Oct. 19, NBA on TNT will disperse an Inside the NBA themed food truck traveling throughout the Bay Area. The food truck will make several stops, serving the studio team’s favorite foods in anticipation of the opening night of the NBA season.  Menu items will include Shaq’s BBQ Chicken, Kenny “The Jet” Street Dog, Chuck’s Street Meat, Ernie’s Cheese Grits and more.  Fans can follow the hashtag #InsidetheNBA for the location of the food truck throughout the week.

NBA on TNT Premiere Week presented by Autotrader will also include a doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony hosting the Atlanta Hawks and Al Horford at 8 p.m.  The network’s game coverage will culminate with the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki visiting the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.  Harlan will handle the call for the Hawks/Knicks telecast with analyst Miller and reporter Rachel Nichols, with Albert calling Mavs/Clippers with analyst Webber and reporter Aldridge.  Thursday’s studio coverage from Atlanta will be anchored by Johnson with analysts Barkley, Smith and O’Neal.


TNT’s Opening Week schedule:



Date                      Time (ET)          Game/Commentators

Tuesday, Oct. 27    7 p.m.             NBA on TNT Opening Night 2015 presented by Autotrader

                                                      Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal


                                8 p.m.            Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls

                                                      Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, David Aldridge


                                10:30 p.m.    New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors

                                                     Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Craig Sager


             Following doubleheader   Inside the NBA presented by Kia

                                                     Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal


Thursday, Oct. 29    8 p.m.          Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

                                                     Harlan, Miller, Nichols


                                10:30 p.m.    Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers

                                                     Albert, Webber, Aldridge


             Following doubleheader    Inside the NBA presented by Kia

                                                      Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal





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