ATLANTA, Feb. 4
: Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 5, NBA TV will tip-off the first two days of All-Star 2003 coverage with continuous news updates throughout the day from NBA Jam Session at the Georgia World Congress Center. As game day approaches, NBA TV will go into full swing, with NBA TV Live hosts Mark Morgan, Matt Devlin, and Andre Aldridge covering All-Star activities day and night, capping the week off with more than 100 hours of All-Star coverage.
Additional programming planned for the week includes:
Friday, Feb. 7
Special Edition of NBA TV Insiders, 8:00 a.m./ET, NBA TV- NBA TV Insiders hosts Mark Morgan, Matt Devlin, and Andre Aldridge bring viewers inside the business of basketball with interviews with industry leaders includingCharles Barkley, Mark Cuban and Ted Leonis.
NBA TV Live Behind the Scenes at the got milk? Rookie Challenge Practices, 7:00 p.m./ET, NBA TV- NBA TV captures the energy of the best of the 2001 and 2002 and rookie class as they prepare for Saturday night’s matchup.
NBA TV Live, 2-6 p.m. ET, NBA TV --NBA TV Live hosts Mark Morgan, Matt Devlin and Andre Aldridge interview the 2003 NBA All-Stars.
TNT NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, 8:00-9:00 p.m./ET- TNT- Some of today’s hottest celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Mark McGrath, Ice Cube, Nelly, and Tim McGraw go head to head for “baller” bragging rights. The coaches of this year’s celebrity game will be TNT studio host’s Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. TNT Talent for the telecast will include Ernie Johnson, John Thompson, Danny Ainge and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
NBA All-Star Friday- 9-11 p.m. ET -- ESPN: In anticipation for the NBA All-Star game, this two-hour special will review the first half of the NBA season, analyze the NBA All-Star 2003 matchup, and will include interviews from various NBA players as well as NBA Commissioner David Stern. In addition to interviews, there will be musical performances by the B-52’s and the Village People, and the Legends N-B-A HORSE game featuring NBA greats Isiah Thomas and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Meet The All-Stars, 10:00 p.m.- Midnight/ET-- ESPN Radio – Preview of NBA All-Star 2003 with NBA players. ESPN Radio talent lineup includes Doug Brown, Jack Ramsay, Jim Durham, and Kevin Loughery.
Saturday, Feb. 8
NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration Red Carpet Special, 8:00-10:00 a.m./ET, NBA TV- NBA TV correspondent Joumana Kidd goes live behind the scenes for an all-access look at NBA players and celebrities alike preparing to hit the stage for the NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration.
NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration, 12-1 p.m. ET -- ABC, TNT, Nickelodeon, Nick GAS, BET, Disney Channel, Telemundo, NBA TV, AOL Broadband, RealOne SuperPass, NBA.com's Inside Ticket, MuchMusic (Canada).– A one-hour youth oriented television special to celebrate reading and to highlight the NBA's Read to Achieve program, the centerpiece of the league's community relations efforts. Hosted by NBA Inside Stuff Executive Producer and host Ahmad Rashad and co-host Summer Sanders, the special features Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, LL Cool J, B2K and several other celebrities and NBA and WNBA All-Stars, all participating on behalf of reading.
NBA TV All-Star Practices Special, 11 a.m. ET -- NBA TV-NBA TV hosts Mark Morgan, Mike Devlin and Andre Aldridge interview the NBA’s finest as they prepare for 52nd annual NBA All-Star Game.
got milk? Rookie Challenge, 4-6 p.m. ET -- TNT, ESPN Radio, NBA.com, RSN- The best Sophomores will meet the top Rookies from this season in a contest that promises to entertain any sports fan. TNT talent for the ‘got milk?’ Rookie Challenge will include: Play-by-play -- Dick Stockton; Color Analysts -- John Thompson and Danny Ainge; In-Studio hosts -- Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
TNT Salutes Michael Jordan, 6-7p.m. ET -- TNT: Hosted by John Thompson, this one-hour special will pay tribute to Michael Jordan’s illustrious NBA career. The special will include a TNT roundtable; some of sports top executives discussing Jordan’s impact as well as an interview with Michael.
TNT NBA All-Star Preview presented by Gatorade, 7-8 p.m.--TNT: Live preview of NBA All-Star 2003 Weekend originating from Philips Arena with NBA All-Stars and TNT talent Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Danny Ainge, Craig Sager, Cheryl Miller, Jim Huber and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night Red Carpet Special, 6-8 p.m. ET -- NBA TV: NBA TV correspondent Joumana Kidd captures the energy among the NBA players and celebrities before the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online begins. Coverage of Commissioner David Stern’s press conference will also take place.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by America Online, 8 p.m. ET -- TNT, RSN, ESPN Radio, NBA.COM -- The events of All-Star Saturday Night include 989 Sports Skills Challenge, 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout, and the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk. The special will include appearances/performances by Gloria Gaynor, Meatloaf, Isaac Hayes, Frankie Muniz, Ashton Kutcher, Nivea, Sass Jordan and NBA greats Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. TNT talent lineup includes Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Danny Ainge, Craig Sager, Cheryl Miller and Jim Huber.
Sunday, Feb. 9
NBA Matchup, 12:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and 8:30 a.m. ET -- ESPN: The season premiere of the NBA coaches program that examines and analyzes the week’s NBA matchups. The show will be hosted by Trey Wingo and will include analysis by Greg Anthony and Vinny Del Negro. NBA Matchup airs Saturday nights on ESPN2 and Sunday mornings on ESPN through the NBA Finals.
NBA TV’s Legends Luncheon Special, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET -- NBA TV: NBA TV hosts Mark Morgan, Mike Devlin, and Andre Aldridge give viewers an inside look of the NBA Legends Luncheon.
Inside the NBA All-Star Edition presented by Hyundai, 7:30-8:00 p.m. ET -- TNT: Live preview of the 2003 NBA All-Star Game from Philips Arena with TNT talent Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
NBA TV Pre-All-Star Game Red Carpet Special, 6-8 p.m. ET -- NBA TV: NBA TV correspondent Joumana Kidd captures the energy among the NBA players and celebrities before the 52nd NBA All-Star game tips off.
2003 NBA All-Star Game, 8:00 p.m. ET -- TNT, RSN, ESPN Radio, NBA.com: The 52nd
NBA All-Star Game, taking place in Atlanta’s Philips Arena, features the stars of the Eastern Conference competing against the best of the Western Conference. Mariah Carey, Kool and the Gang, the Village People and Gladys Knight will perform live, with Martina McBride singing the national anthem and Gloria Reuben performing the Canadian national anthem.
Talent Line-up Includes:
TNT -- Game- Play-by-play: Marv Albert; Color Analysts- Mike Fratello and
Jeff Van Gundy, Courtside Reporter: Craig Sager and Cheryl Miller.
RSN (simulcasts TNT)
ESPN Radio -- Play-by-play: Jim Durham; Color Analyst- Jack Ramsay;
Courtside Reporter: Greg Anthony and Vinny DelNegro; On-site Studio Host: Doug Brown; On-site studio Analyst: Kevin Loughery
NBA.com -- Live audio game coverage in 12 languages.
NBA TV Live Post-Game Coverage -- NBA TV: NBA TV Live to provide post-game NBA All-Star 2003 interviews, press conferences and highlights.
Monday, Feb. 10
NBA 2 Night, 12-12:30 a.m. ET -- ESPN: Special NBA All-Star 2003 edition recapping the highlights and news of All-Star Weekend. NBA 2 Night regularly airs Tuesdays-Saturday evenings at Midnight/ET.