TNT Releases Details Surrounding NBA ASG, Unfortunately No Foot Race Scheduled

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Man, last year's All Star Game was fun wasn't it? I really don't think TNT can top last year's coverage, but it looks like they're going to give it a shot starting with the Rookie Challenge. Not only will you get the excitement of a 142-140 game and no defense you get a special team announcing the contest between NBA's Freshmen and Sophomores. TNT has chosen to bypass the standard announcing crew and just move their Studio Show to the court....

TNT’s coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend festivities tips off Friday, February 15 at 9 p.m. ET with the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam. Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will be courtside to call the action with Craig Sager reporting from the sidelines.
Well that sounds fun. At least Chuck and Kenny can make fun of all of the missed alley-oops during the game. I'm putting the o/u at 74 Chuck.....you want some action? Other highlights....
At 7 p.m. ET (Saturday), TNT will present NBA’s Greatest Slam Dunk Contest: Airborne. Through first-person interviews of players and TNT announcers, ‘Airborne’ reflects on memorable NBA dunk contests and the host cities that served as backdrops to the dunks that made history. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, TNT will televise exclusive live coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars competition, the Playstation Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, and the Sprite Slam Dunk. The evening will be capped off by the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2008 presented on TNT by Old Spice Pro Strength at 11 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT.

TNT’s All-Star coverage takes center stage on Sunday, February 17 at 8 p.m. ET with the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Play-by-play announcer Marv Albert and analysts Doug Collins and Reggie Miller will be courtside with Craig Sager reporting from the sidelines.
Greaaaaaat. Doug Collins AND Reggie Miller on the same broadcast! What a gift. Hopefully Collins can tell us how he coached Michael Jordan and Reggie can tell us how he played against him......for the millionth time from each.

(Source TNT PR)

UPDATE: Thanks to Anon for the following schedule.....
Shooting Stars Competition: Harlan, R. Miller, Fratello, and C. Miller
Skills Challenge: Harlan, Miller, Fratello, Miller
3 Pt Shootout: Harlan, Miller, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley with C. Miller reporting
Slam Dunk: Harlan, Smith, Barkley, Magic Johnson with C. Miller reporting

11 Comments:

I hope New Orleans can pull this off without any "Las Vegas" type incidents, because it would be bad for all parties involved.

J.J. said...
Jan 16, 2008, 11:57:00 AM  

TNT is great. ESPN should take notes. God I hate ESPN

Jan 16, 2008, 12:05:00 PM  

Any word on who is announcing the Saturday Night stuff? If there's no Barkley, I don't know if I can watch it.

Fred Morlan said...
Jan 16, 2008, 12:13:00 PM  

Not yet Fred....still searching. It was Kevin Harlan, Reggie, and Steve Kerr last year and will probably be Harlan and someone else again this year.

Jan 16, 2008, 12:21:00 PM  

Quote from press release translated: "On Saturday, there's some video of dunk contests that were fresh, some filler, some no names dunking, and please God stick around through the whole thing. We'll give you chicks in bikinis if you do."

Anonymous said...
Jan 16, 2008, 12:47:00 PM  

Have they fixed the Slam Dunk contest? I can't remember what they did last year, but in recent years, you could miss 20 dunks in a row and still get a 50. All I remember last year is that Michael Jordan's 10 card was glued to the table and that one dunk with the sticker was ripped off.

Anonymous said...
Jan 16, 2008, 2:17:00 PM  

They need a new contest.

A contest to see who can travel the most without getting called.

I swear I saw Pierce take 10-15 steps without dribbling and the goddamn ref was right there.

Pathetic game.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 16, 2008, 3:01:00 PM  

I like All-Star Saturday night. I don't care what people say. And yes, Dwight Howard got fucked last year.

GMoney said...
Jan 16, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

How's this get you:Reggie holds up a picture of Oscar De La Whora and asks Marv is that is him flipping his wig.THAT would get some ratings,that clip would go viral.Hey,hasn't the phrase"go viral"jumped the shark already?Collins"Hey,Marv,you could suck these slam dunkers toes as they dunk!"Marv"No,that was Dick Morris who was the toe sucker."

Hugh Jorgan said...
Jan 16, 2008, 3:52:00 PM  

Source: http://www.sportsfeatures.com/index.php?section=pp&action=show&id=45273

Shooting Stars Competition: Harlan, R. Miller, Fratello, and C. Miller

Skills Challenge: Harlan, Miller, Fratello, Miller

3 Pt Shootout: Harlan, Miller, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley with C. Miller reporting

Slam Dunk: Harlan, Smith, Barkley, Magic Johnson with C. Miller reporting

Anonymous said...
Jan 16, 2008, 4:55:00 PM  

Thanks Anon.

Jan 16, 2008, 6:13:00 PM  

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