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Thursday, June 09, 2005

nba- Heads Up

  • The NBA Finals open tonight with Game One of the Pistons-Spurs at San Antonio, to be broadcast live by ABC at 9:00pm ET. Al Michaels and Hubie Brown will call the series. Stuart Scott and Michele Tafoya will work the game as sideline reporters. Coverage will begin at 8:30pm ET with “Chevrolet NBA Game Time,” which will be hosted by Mike Tirico, NBA HOFer Bill Walton and Ahmad Rashad. Steve “Snapper” Jones will not co-host, as he is recovering from an appendectomy.
  • The Detroit Free Press notes that former Lakers coach Phil Jackson will appear on the pre-game show, but his girlfriend, Lakers Exec VP Jeanie Buss, said that the interview will not reveal Jackson’s future plans. The L.A. Times notes that the interview was arranged by Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, the brother of ABC broadcaster Brent Musburger.
  • The San Antonio Express -News notes that there will be about 1,000 media representatives in San Antonio to cover tonight’s Game One, including “about 150 journalists from other countries.” NBA Senior VP/Basketball Communications Brian McIntyre said the league will have about 250 staff members “helping with the games” in San Antonio.
  • The Finals will be aired in 205 countries and territories, via 106 telecasters in 45 different languages. Live commentary will be streamed over in up to 15 languages. America TV of Argentina, which broadcast its first-ever NBA game earlier this season when it covered Argentinian Spurs G Manu Ginobili in his first NBA All-Star game, will air the Finals live.
  • Prior to tonight’s player introductions, Will Smith will perform his single, “Switch.” Alanis Morissette, who became a U.S. citizen this year, will sing the national anthem. For Sunday’s Game Two, former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem, and for Tuesday’s Game Three in Detroit, Stevie Wonder will perform both the anthem and his single, “So What the Fuss”.