Carter, Allen to Grab the Mic at NBA All-Star 2005

NBA TV LIVE Jam Session Studio to Feature Hosts
Andre Aldridge, Gary Apple, Rick Kamla

--Denver Nuggets’ Bryon Russell to Provide Interviews, Analysis,
All-Access Features as NBA TV Special Reporter--

SECAUCUS, NJ, February 10 -- Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16, NBA fans will get the ultimate all-access pass to NBA All-Star 2005 with nearly 150 hours of NBA TV programming, including exclusive and never-before seen footage of the All-Star experience as seen through the eyes of forward Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets and guard Ray Allen of the Seattle Sonics, plus NBA Legends, celebrities, entertainers, and the NBA’s All-Star crew.

NBA TV will be available to fans through a nationwide Free Preview Feb. 16-23 on cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Cable, Buckeye Cable, and via satellite on DISH Network.

Carter, a six-time All-Star in 2005, and Allen, making his fifth appearance, will for the first time on NBA TV give fans unique perspective from every All-Star practice and from within the camps of the Eastern and Western Conference teams.

Denver Nuggets forward Bryon Russell, a 12-year NBA veteran who has appeared in three Finals series, will provide fans one-on-one interviews, in-studio analysis, and all-access features from around the city of Denver.

NBA TV’s All-Star studio, NBA TV LIVE, a 24’x24’x32’centerpiece of All-Star Jam Session at the Colorado Convention Center, will begin live coverage on Friday, Feb. 18 at 12:30pm ET with reports from Rookie/Sophomore practice. NBA TV’s own Andre Aldridge, Gary Apple, and fantasy basketball guru, Rick Kamla will host nightly.

Following are additional highlights of NBA TV’s 24/7 coverage of All-Star 2005:

  • Viewers can come along with NBA Entertainment’s crew for “All-Star Confidential” on NBA TV, the only outlet getting sit-down interviews with every player, coach, and Legend in Denver to celebrate the biggest weekend in pro hoops, from “Dr. J” to Shaq to LeBron.
  • Come to every All-Star Practice and experience what it’s like for more than 50 of the world’s greatest athletes to come together and prepare for the big games of the weekend, as NBA TV’s cameras take fans to places they wouldn’t otherwise get to see.
  • “Say Cheese,” as NBA TV brings fans the never-before-seen gathering of 24 of the world’s greatest athletes for the taking of the historic 54th NBA All-Star team photo.
  • “NBA TV Backstage” as fans go along with the NBA’s events crew for a backstage pass to see musical group Destiny’s Child prepare to introduce the All-Star teams on Sunday.
  • The first “Commissioner Cam” tracks NBA Commissioner David Stern through his whirlwind of All-Star activity, from meeting fans, players and legends, where fans will get a never-before seen glimpse into his life.
  • With 100 legends serving as hosts, fans will get a private lunch with some of the NBA’s all-time greatest players during Sunday's exclusive airing of “NBA Legends Brunch” and eavesdrop on their conversations.
  • “Slammers Roundtable,” an exclusive NBA TV discussion will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7pm ET, featuring the judges of that night’s All-Star Slam Dunk contest who were participants in the 1976 ABA event in Denver.
  • “Banter with the Billionaires and Moguls” on Friday, Feb. 18, as NBA TV chats with global luminaries, such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Charlotte Bobcats owner Robert Johnson, and Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson from the annual NBA Technology Summit.