Thursdays to Feature Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal & Ernie Johnson; Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, O’Neal & Adam Lefkoe on Tuesdays
TNT to Tip Off Return to Play with Doubleheader on Thursday, July 30 Featuring Jazz/Pelicans & Clippers/Lakers
TNT will look ahead to the NBA’s restart with a series of one-hour special editions of the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA presented by Kia and new NBA on TNT Tuesday Night studio shows starting Tuesday, July 7, at 8 p.m. ET.
Inside the NBA’s Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be featured on Thursday nights, while Dwyane Wade, Candace Parker, O’Neal and Adam Lefkoe will appear on Tuesday nights. TNT’s Chris Haynes will report from Orlando.
TNT’s upcoming schedule will include:
- NBA on TNT Tuesday Night – Tuesday, July 7, at 8 p.m.
- Inside the NBA – Thursday, July 9, at 8 p.m.
- NBA on TNT Tuesday Night – Tuesday, July 14, at 8 p.m.
- Inside the NBA – Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m.
Both shows will discuss the players and stories to watch for as the NBA resumes regular season action, as well as continuing the important conversations related to racial equality and justice for the Black community.
Turner Sports, in its 36th consecutive year of NBA coverage, will tip off the league’s comeback with a blockbuster NBA on TNT presented by State Farm doubleheader, Thursday, July 30. In the NBA’s first regular season game since March, the New Orleans Pelicans and rookie standout Zion Williamson will take on the Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell at 6:30 p.m. ET. Two of the Western Conference’s top teams will follow – the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis vs. the LA Clippers with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – at 9 p.m.
TNT will present a total of 18 “seeding games,” highlighted by Tuesday doubleheaders and Thursday tripleheaders throughout the remainder of the regular season, in addition to a tripleheader on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Earlier this year, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Inside the NBA will be honored as the first-ever recipient of the Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award. Originally launched in 1989, the show is celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout this season.
NBA on TNT Tuesday Night debuted in January featuring Wade, Parker, O’Neal and Lefkoe, and was designed around the intersection of sports, culture, fashion and innovation.