NBA TV Center Court Franchise to Premiere with Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony & Dennis Scott in Los Angeles for Grizzlies/Lakers Live Game Telecast on Tuesday, Oct. 29
Comprehensive Lineup of New and Expanded Studio Shows to Include The Warmup, #Handles, NBA CrunchTime, The List, Say What? & High Tops
NBA TV, the destination for fans seeking the most expansive season-long coverage of the league, will showcase the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars with 107 live game telecasts – featuring the all-new NBA TV Center Court marquee live game series – and a range of new original programing for the 2019-20 NBA season.
The new commentator lineup for NBA TV Center Court will include Brian Anderson serving as play-by-play voice, along with analyst Greg Anthony and Dennis Scott as the on-site reporter. The marquee live game production will debut for Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET. NBA TV Center Court will air on Tuesday nights for the first half of the season before transitioning to Mondays in January.
Studio coverage for NBA TV Center Court will be hosted by Casey Stern, along with analysts Grant Hill, Candace Parker and Isiah Thomas.
The network will tip off its regular season coverage with a tripleheader on Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler visit the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 5 p.m., followed by the New York Knicks and rookie RJ Barrett hosting the Boston Celtics and Kemba Walker at 7:30 p.m. The night’s coverage will conclude with the LA Clippers and Kawhi Leonard visiting the Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker at 10 p.m.
The network’s signature NBA GameTime studio show will provide nightly highlights, news and analysis surrounding the leading storylines from around the NBA all season long. NBA GameTime features a deep rotation of top basketball analysts, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin McHale, Chris Webber, Kenny Smith, Stan Van Gundy, Jim Jackson, Isiah Thomas, Hill, Scott, Caron Butler, Steve Smith, Greg Anthony, Tom Penn, Channing Frye, Sam Mitchell and Brendan Haywood. Additional commentators will include Allie LaForce, Casey Stern, Kristen Ledlow, Matt Winer, Sekou Smith, Stephanie Ready, Jared Greenberg, Ro Parrish and Chris Miles.
This season’s new and expanded original programming lineup will include:
The Warmup presented by Ford
Leading into each night’s slate of games will be The Warmup, hosted by Ready and Miles. Airing regularly Monday-Friday at 6 p.m., the daily show will offer the latest news, on-site reports, trending social media topics and fantasy updates prior to tip-off. The Warmup will feature a roster of leading analysts including Gary Payton, Hill, Thomas, Parker, Smith, Mitchell, Frye and Haywood.
NBA TV’s fast-paced coverage with live “look-ins” of game action throughout the night, NBA CrunchTime, will return with Greenberg serving as host alongside Scott, Haywood, Smith and Mitchell. Primarily airing Wednesdays and Fridays, the show will cover all the excitement around the league with commentators guiding fans through all the down-to-the-wire finishes, game-winners and defining moments throughout the night.
#Handles on NBA TV
The network will launch an innovative, social-driven experience, #Handles on NBA TV, airing on Thursdays at 1 a.m., with the telecast hosted by Tas Melas alongside 13-year NBA veteran Frye. Melas and Frye will engage with fans throughout the evening via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, building up to the 30-minute show which will recap the night’s top highlights and storylines following NBA CrunchTime.
NBA TV will introduce The List starting Monday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m., with the half-hour show intended to inspire conversation and celebrate some of the most popular players, moments, teams and achievements throughout the NBA’s rich history. Led by Greenberg and Steve Smith, the show will premiere with a look at some of the NBA’s most beloved nicknames. Fans will also have an opportunity to engage in the debate and vote on nominees via Facebook leading up to the show.
New on Saturdays throughout the season, Say What? will recap the top sights and sounds from Friday night’s action with a 30-minute highlights-driven show.
Regular original programming will also include Winer’s monthly 30-minute magazine-style show, Beyond the Paint, Shaqtin’ A Fool – which recaps the NBA’s funniest on-court moments – and High Tops: Plays of the Month hosted by Parrish, which will highlight the top performances around the league each month. The network will also showcase an NBA Game of the Day re-air.