2011-12 NBA Broadcasting Guide (cont.)
The league-owned network (now in 55.3 million homes) will air 96 live games this season. The Thunder are scheduled to make seven appearance, the Mavericks six, the Knicks five and the Lakers four. With NBA TV's Fan Night -- each week fans vote on NBA.com for the matchup they want to see televised nationally the following Tuesday -- the likelihood is the Heat and the teams listed above will see added appearances.
(NBA TV is part of NBA Digital, the NBA's digital assets jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports.)
Anchors: Ernie Johnson, Matt Winer, Vince Cellini, Rick Kamla.
Analysts: Chris Webber, Greg Anthony, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Brent Barry. David Aldridge serves as a studio and game analyst, and reporter.
Contributor: Ahmad Rashad.
TNT talent: Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Mike Fratello and Craig Sager.
WHAT'S NEW: O'Neal will make regular contributions to the channel, and Anthony will join Johnson and Webber on the network's Tuesday Fan Night program. New programs include Thursday Night Pregame Show, which will feature host Winer, analysts Smith or Scott and a rotating TNT studio analyst each week before the TNT pregame show.
FIVE MUST-SEE GAMES ON NBA TV:
Dec. 30: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET
Jan. 2: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: Timberwolves at Magic, 7 p.m.
April 16: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
OBLIGATORY PRAISE FOR TYSON CHANDLER: "While it's too early to tell who has the clear advantage, I will say that being a big fan of Dallas, I think they let the goods get away. I think that Tyson Chandler is a game-changer and he's the only reason they won the championship last year." -- Webber
SI.com: What will be the reaction to LeBron?
Webber: I think LeBron is going to get booed more than ever before. He doesn't have to accept the villain role, but that's who he is. That's the great thing about being a fan. You can hate Hulk Hogan. You can hate LeBron. It's the same thing. Hopefully, he knows it's not personal. It's basketball. I think the booing of Miami will get worse because people will be saying, "Not one, not two, not three not four" and that won't stop.