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Turner and ESPN release announcers and times for coming NBA games; Talent remains intact for now


NBA coverage has captured the spotlight this past week. No Covid-19 incidences. The restart has started in an orderly fashion and the Bubble seems as sterile as a spaceship.

This is the roster of announcers for the immediate future. On the Turner front, Brian Anderson and Chris Webber haven’t worked yet. The network won’t speculate on assignments beyond what was released today. I suspect that at some point next week we’ll get some update. Anderson has been rumored to succeed Marv Albert, 79, whose contract ends following the 2020-21 season. Webber is generally Albert’s partner. But Marv isn’t working this year’s playoffs for Covid-19 precautions given his age. Albert has also worked with both Webber and Reggie Miller in a team of three.

TNT and ESPN schedule – Thursday August 6th through Tuesday August 11th

Thu. August 6

4 p.m. Miami vs. Milwaukee – Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

6:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Dallas –  Ian Eagle, Stan Van Gundy (TNT)

9 p.m. LA Lakers vs. Houston – Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

Fri. August 7

6:30 p.m. Orlando vs. Philadelphia –  Ian Eagle, Stan Van Gundy (TNT)

9 p.m. Boston vs. Toronto – Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

Sat. August 8

1 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Portland – Ian Eagle, Stan Van Gundy (TNT)

3:30 p.m. Utah vs. Denver –  Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

6 p.m. LA Lakers vs. Indiana – Ian Eagle, Stan Van Gundy (TNT)

8:30 p.m.  Milwaukee vs. Dallas  Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy (ESPN)

Sun, August 9th

3 p.m. San Antonio vs. New Orleans – Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson (ABC)

Mon. August 10

8:30 p.m. Toronto vs. Milwaukee – Dave Pasch, Mark Jackson (ESPN)

9 p.m. Denver vs. LA Lakers – Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

Tue. August 11th

6:30 p.m. Boston vs. Memphis Ian Eagle, Stan Van Gundy (TNT)

9 p.m. New Orleans vs. Sacramento –  Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller (TNT)

NBA’s full schedule

The schedule announced previously ends on Friday, August 14th. (full game schedule below)

The league has announced that the first round of the playoffs begins Monday, August 17th. The conference semifinals starts Monday, August 31st. The conference finals begins September 15. The NBA Finals begin Wednesday, September 30th. The title series will end no later than Tuesday, October 13th.


David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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