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TNT to Give Ex-NBA Stars the Mic for Monday Night Telecasts

10-game ‘Players Only’ live NBA game package to debut Feb. 27 1/19/2017 12:00 PM Eastern

TNT will let former pro basketball players suit up to handle commentary roles for the network’s new Monday night lineup of live NBA game telecasts beginning next month.

 

The Players Only 10-game package of games airing over five consecutive Monday nights beginning Feb. 27 will feature ex NBA and WNBA players in traditional play-by-play, studio host and reporter positions, according to network officials. The play-by-play lineup for the doubleheader telecasts will include former players Brent Barry, Derek Fisher and Grant Hill for one game and Kevin McHale, Richard Hamilton and Greg Anthony for the second telecast.

 

Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and ex-NBA player Dennis Scott will be featured as sideline reporters during the games. In-studio coverage of the games will be anchored by Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis, according to the network.

 

“Our new Players Only franchise will allow us to provide a unique and compelling narrative surrounding the game through the distinct perspective and collective experiences of the former NBA player,” said Craig Barry, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports in a statement.  “We believe this original approach will offer deeper insights into the game, both on and off the court, along with broader access that will be entertaining for our passionate fans.”

 

TNT’s Players Only game schedule is as follows:

 

Monday, Feb. 27

7 p.m.

Toronto vs. New York

 

9:30 p.m.

Indiana vs. Houston

 

 

 

Monday, March 6

8 p.m.

Indiana vs. Charlotte

 

10:30 p.m.

Boston vs. LA Clippers

 

 

 

Monday, March 13

8 p.m.

Atlanta vs. San Antonio

 

10:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver

 

 

 

Monday, March 20

8 p.m.

Golden State vs. Oklahoma City

 

10:30 p.m.

New York vs. LA Clippers

 

 

 

Monday, March 27

8 p.m.

Cleveland vs. San Antonio

 

10:30 p.m.

New Orleans vs. Utah

 

 

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