Debuts of Top Draft Picks, Major European Championships, Live WNBA Games Highlight NBA TVís Exclusive Summer Lineup
SECAUCUS, N.J., July 11
Ė NBA TV, the league's 24-hour channel, is offering a full slate of exclusive summer programming including pro debuts of top draft selections in Summer Pro League action; five major championship series featuring teams from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Turkey; more than 30 live WNBA regular season and Playoff games; and the best of New York streetball from the renowned Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC).
Additionally, fans logging on to NBA.com will be able to access video highlights of various NBA TV summer programming, including action from the NBA Summer League and EBC.
NBA TVís summer programming highlights include (all times ET):
NBA Summer League
Top 2004-05 NBA rookies Ben Gordon
and Dwight Howard
made their pro debut on NBA TV, and this year, viewers will again have the first opportunity to see future stars during the telecasts of Summer Pro League games from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City with two contests airing per day. Coverage begins July 14 (8 p.m.), with Washington vs. Golden State in Las Vegas, and concludes July 29 (11 p.m.).
Teams competing in either the Reebok Vegas Summer League or Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue include: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, L.A. Clippers, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Seattle, Utah and Washington.
Among the players making their pro debut on NBA TV are top draft selections Marvin Williams
(Hawks), Deron Williams
(Jazz), Chris Paul
(Hornets), Raymond Felton
(Bobcats), Martell Webster
(Trail Blazers), Channing Frye
(Knicks), Ike Diogu
(Warriors), Fran Vazquez
(Magic), Yaroslav Korolev
(LA Clippers) and Sean May
International Championship Series
Five major 2005 championship series will air on NBA TV (all games tape delayed at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.):
Italian League Championship -- Climamio Bologna vs. Armani Milano (Aug. 1-4)
French League Championship -- Strasbourg vs. Nancy (Aug. 5)
Spanish League Championship -- Real Madrid vs. Tau Ceramica (Aug. 8-12)
German League Championship -- Frankfurt vs. Bamberg (Aug. 15-19)
Turkish League Championship -- Besiktas vs. Efes Pilsen (Aug. 22-26)
Live WNBA Games
NBA TV will feature 29 live WNBA regular season telecasts from July 12-Aug. 25, plus several more Playoff games. NBA TV will air weekly the highlight show "WNBA Action." WNBA.comís subscription service WNBA Broadband Season Pass, is featuring live video webcasts of select WNBA games throughout the current season.
Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park
Every night in July and continuing through the championship game on Aug. 18, NBA TV will air exclusive games from the EBC at Harlemís Rucker Park (times vary).
The EBC was founded more than 20 years ago and continues a tradition that began in Rucker Park more than 50 years ago. The tournament features many of New Yorkís top amateur players and has enjoyed support from NBA Legends such as Julius Erving
, Connie Hawkins
and Tiny Archibald
NBA TV Insiders Weekly Edition
Beginning July 15 (7 p.m.), new weekly editions of "NBA TV Insiders" will feature latest news, insight and interviews from around the NBA.