NBA TV To Present 2006 FIBA World Championship
Posted Jul 31 2006 2:47PM
Network to Air 27 Games, Including Five USA Basketball Matches
NEW YORK, July 31, 2006, -- When the world’s best teams gather in Japan for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, NBA TV will be there presenting 27 games. NBA TV will feature preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal and finals matches on a tape-delayed basis beginning with a preliminary round game between 2004 Summer Olympic gold medalist Argentina and France on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Prior to the World Championship, the network will air five USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team exhibition games starting with a replay of the 2006 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge in Las Vegas (originally airing on ESPN2 on Aug. 3) against Puerto Rico. NBA TV also will present live telecasts of U.S. games from Guangzhou, China, against Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. ET and from Seoul, Korea, against Lithuania on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 1 a.m. ET.
The 2006 FIBA World Championship will tip off in Japan on Saturday, Aug. 19. Expanded to 24 teams, the World Championship will hold preliminary games in Sendai, Hiroshima, Hamamatsu and Sapporo. Quarterfinal, semifinal and finals action will take place in Saitamo. In addition to the exhibition games, NBA TV will televise at least five USA Basketball games during the tournament, which will originally air live on ESPN2, including preliminary round matches against Puerto Rico on Sunday, Aug. 20, and China on Monday, Aug. 21.
Led by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the USA Basketball World Championship roster features 15 of the NBA’s best players: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards), Shane Battier (Houston Rockets), Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs), Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers), Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings), Chris Paul (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets), Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat). Krzyzewski will scale down the USA Basketball roster to 12 players by August 19 and the start of the World Championship in Japan.
Hosted by Andre Aldridge, NBA TV’s 2006 FIBA World Championship schedule includes:
USA Basketball Exhibition Schedule
2006 FIBA World Championship