Oh and in case you forgot or didn’t see my piece on LeBron…it’s something that had to be said…
TNT’s 2012-13 NBA regular season schedule to feature multiple Appearances by NBA champion Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics and Mavericks.
NBA TV pens with Oct. 31 doubleheader including Hornets in Anthony Davis’ rookie debut vs. Spurs at 8 p.m. ET and Trail Blazers vs. Lakers at 10:30 p.m. Schedule includes Rockets’ Jeremy Lin returning to New York vs. Knicks Dec. 17.
NBA Season Tips Off October 30 Exclusively on TNT with Miami Hosting Boston; Dallas at L.A. Lakers…
Turner Sports, marking its 29th year of NBA coverage, today announced that TNT will televise 52 games during the 2012-13 NBA regular season including 10 appearances by the NBA champion Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder; nine appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers; and eight appearances by the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. TNT recorded its highest-rated and most-viewed NBA regular season ever last year and the network has generated five straight seasons of growth among viewers and households.
For the 11th consecutive year, the NBA season will exclusively open on TNT with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 30, featuring the Heat and Finals MVP LeBron James hosting the Celtics and Kevin Garnett at 8 p.m. ET. TNT’s coverage will include Miami’s championship ring ceremony during the one-hour TNT NBA Tip-Off ’12 presented by AutoTrader.com pre-game show at 7 p.m. In the second game, the Lakers and offseason acquisition Steve Nash will host the Mavericks, the 2011 NBA champion led by Dirk Nowitzki, at 10:30 p.m.
TNT’s opening week coverage will also include a Thursday doubleheader, Nov. 1, with the home debut of the Brooklyn Nets, led by Deron Williams, against the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 7 p.m., followed by a Western Conference Finals rematch when the Thunder and Kevin Durant visit the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan at 9:30 p.m. TNT will televise 20 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders this season.
Additional schedule highlights (full schedule listed below):
Dec. 6 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Heat host the Knicks at 8 p.m.
Dec. 13 – the Lakers and Kobe Bryant meeting the Knicks at Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 – a 2011 NBA Finals rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 27 – a showdown of elite NBA point guards when the Celtics and Rajon Rondo visit the Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 – a doubleheader beginning with the Clippers facing the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love at 8 p.m., a matchup which has recently generated close outcomes and standout individual performances, followed by the Heat visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 – a special Martin Luther King Day doubleheader including the Spurs visiting the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m., followed by the Chicago Bulls hosting the Lakers at 9:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 – storied franchises meeting in a rivalry game when the Celtics host the Lakers at 8 p.m.
Feb. 14 – a Valentine’s Day doubleheader beginning with a Finals rematch between the Heat and Thunder at 8 p.m., followed by a Los Angeles showdown between the Lakers and Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 – the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng facing the Heat at 8 p.m.
March 5 & 7 – consecutive appearances by the Thunder when they host the Lakers on March 5 at 9:30 p.m. then visit the Knicks on March 7 at 8 p.m.
March 14 – an intra-state clash when the Mavericks visit the Spurs at 8 p.m.
March 26 – an Eastern Conference rivalry game when the Celtics host the Knicks at 7 p.m.
April 2 – a marquee doubleheader opening with the Heat hosting the Knicks at 8 p.m., followed by the Mavericks visiting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
April 4 – in TNT’s second doubleheader of the week, the Bulls visiting the Nets at 7 p.m., followed by the Thunder hosting the Spurs at 9:30 p.m.
April 11 – the Knicks and Bulls, both anticipated playoff contenders, meeting at 8 p.m.
Additionally, TNT will serve as the exclusive home of NBA All-Star 2013 including NBA All-Star Friday (Feb. 15), NBA All-Star Saturday (Feb. 16), and the 2013 NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 17) in Houston. TNT will also exclusively televise the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this season.
The NBA on TNT’s marquee roster of NBA announcers includes five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and Mike Fratello, one of the most successful head coaches in NBA history, as game analysts; play-by-play commentators Marv Albert, Dick Stockton and Kevin Harlan; and reporters David Aldridge and Craig Sager. TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning studio show includes host Ernie Johnson and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith.
NBA TV’s Schedule
NBA TV today announced its 2012-13 NBA regular-season schedule will feature 96 live regular season games beginning with the New Orleans Hornets, in the highly-anticipated debut of rookie Anthony Davis, facing the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan on Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET. The network’s Wednesday doubleheader will also include the Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge at 10:30 p.m. The 2012-13 regular season schedule was unveiled tonight exclusively on NBA TV.
NBA TV’s opening week schedule includes (full regular-season schedule listed below):
|October 31||Wednesday||8 p.m.||San Antonio at New Orleans|
|10:30 p.m.||Portland at L.A. Lakers|
|November 3||Saturday||7:30 p.m.||Denver at Miami|
|10:30 p.m.||Golden State at L.A. Clippers|
Additionally, NBA TV will feature the Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin’s only return to Madison Square Garden this season to face his former New York Knicks team Monday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
NBA TV will build on a record-setting 2011-12 season, the network’s most-viewed ever, with a 2012-13 regular-season schedule featuring 20 doubleheaders and up to nine appearances by the NBA champion Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Boston Celtics, Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz; up to eight appearances by the Trail Blazers; and up to seven appearances by the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Hornets.
NBA TV schedule highlights include (all times ET):
- Nov. 5 – the Nets’ first appearance on the network since moving to Barclays Center, hosting the Timberwolves and Kevin Love at 7:30 p.m.
- Nov. 23 – the defending Western Conference champion Thunder and Kevin Durant visiting the Celtics and Kevin Garnett at 7:30 p.m.
- Nov. 28 – a doubleheader featuring several of the league’s premier point guards when the Celtics host the Nets at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Timberwolves visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
- Dec. 29 – the top two picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and former Kentucky teammates facing off when the Hornets and Davis visit the Bobcats and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at 7 p.m.
- Jan. 2 – the past two NBA champions meeting when the Heat host the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
- Jan. 21 – a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game with the Knicks hosting the Nets at 3:30 p.m.
- Feb. 13 – a doubleheader featuring the Celtics and Rajon Rondo hosting the Bulls and Luol Deng at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Rockets and Lin visiting the Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.
- March 11 – a 2012 Western Conference Finals rematch, as the Spurs host the Thunder at 8:30 p.m.
- April 12 – the Heat and offseason acquisition Ray Allen facing his former team, the Celtics, at 7:30 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive year, NBA TV’s popular Fan Night will return on Tuesdays throughout the season beginning Nov. 6. NBA fans will once again have the opportunity to vote via NBA.com, NBA Mobile, the NBA Facebook page and Yahoo.com for the game they most want to see on NBA TV.
2012-13 NBA TV Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Eastern)
|Wed., October 31||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Hornets|
|10:30 p.m.||L.A. Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Sat., November 3||7:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat|
|10:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at L.A. Clippers|
|Sun., November 4||6 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors|
|Mon., November 5||7:30 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Brooklyn Nets|
|Tues., November 6||Fan Night|
|Mon., November 12||7 p.m.||Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors|
|Tues., November 13||Fan Night|
|Sun., November 18||6 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers|
|Mon., November 19||7:30 p.m.||Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks|
|Tues., November 20||Fan Night|
|Fri., November 23||7:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics|
|Sat., November 24||10 p.m.||Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings|
|Mon., November 26||8 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies|
|Tues., November 27||Fan Night|
|Wed., November 28||7:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics|
|10:30 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at L.A. Clippers|
|Fri., November 30||7:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards at New York Knicks|
|Sat., December 1||7:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat|
|10:30 p.m.||Sacramento Kings at L.A. Clippers|
|Sun., December 2||9:30 p.m.||Orlando Magic at L.A. Lakers|
|Mon., December 3||8 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Hornets|
|Tues., December 4||Fan Night|
|Sat., December 8||7 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Bobcats|
|10 p.m.||Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Sun., December 9||7:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks|
|Mon., December 10||7 p.m.||Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers|
|Sat., December 15||9 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz|
|Mon., December 17||7:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at New York Knicks|
|Tues., December 18||Fan Night|
|Fri., December 21||7:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks|
|Wed., December 26||9 p.m.||New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns|
|Fri., December 28||8:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks|
|Sat., December 29||7 p.m.||New Orleans Hornets at Charlotte Bobcats|
|10:30 p.m.||Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors|
|Tues., January 1||Fan Night|
|Wed., January 2||7:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat|
|Tues., January 8||Fan Night|
|Sun., January 13||9 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Mon., January 14||8 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls|
|Tues., January 15||Fan Night|
|Sat., January 19||8 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls|
|Mon., January 21||3:30 p.m.||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks|
|Tues., January 22||Fan Night Doubleheader|
|Wed., January 23||8 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets|
|Sat., January 26||7 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards|
|9:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz|
|Mon., January 28||7:30 p.m.||Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets|
|Tues., January 29||Fan Night|
|Sat., February 2||8 p.m.||New Orleans Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Sun., February 3||1 p.m.||L.A. Clippers at Boston Celtics|
|Mon., February 4||8 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Tues., February 5||Fan Night|
|Sat., February 9||10 p.m.||Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings|
|Mon., February 11||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls|
|Tues., February 12||Fan Night Doubleheader|
|Wed., February 13||7:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at L.A. Clippers|
|Tues., February 19||Fan Night|
|Sat., February 23||7 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic|
|Mon., February 25||9 p.m.||Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz|
|Tues., February 26||Fan Night|
|Sat., March 2||7 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers|
|10 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Mon., March 4||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Tues., March 5||Fan Night|
|Sat., March 9||7:30 p.m.||Utah Jazz at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors|
|Sun., March 10||7 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Mon., March 11||8:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|Tues., March 12||Fan Night|
|Fri., March 15||8 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets|
|Fri., March 15||10:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors|
|Sat., March 16||7:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers|
|10 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz|
|Tues., March 19||Fan Night|
|Mon., March 25||7 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers|
|10:30 p.m.||L.A. Lakers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sat., March 30||10 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns|
|Sun., March 31||7 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs|
|Mon., April 1||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies|
|10:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at L.A. Clippers|
|Wed., April 3||9 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz|
|Sun., April 7||9 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Tues., April 9||Fan Night Doubleheader|
|Fri., April 12||7:30 p.m.||Boston Celtics at Miami Heat|
|10 p.m.||Oklahoma City at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Sat., April 13||8 p.m.||L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies|
|Sun., April 14||6 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets|
|9:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Lakers|
|Mon., April 15||8 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors|