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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chelsea Handler Talk Basketball's Old Days (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:53AM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Chelsea Lately'For a few minutes there, it looked like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might just get to talk seriously about his latest project exploring the history of basketball in this country. But this is 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) and Chelsea Handler quickly got to the crux of the sport from her perspective.

She put up a picture of Abdul-Jabbar back in his NBA days, which of course featured much shorter and tighter shorts on the players than the athletes wear today. "Those shorts are pretty suggestive," she said with a laugh.

Abdul-Jabbar agreed with her, though he hinted that such a wardrobe was actually good for the sport.

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Mike Tyson Breaks Down Bad NBA Tattoo Decisions on Kimmel's 'Game Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2011 12:01AM
Mike Tyson, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night'In the lead-up to Game One of the NBA Finals, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) featured a new segment that explores the world of tattoos in professional basketball. Who better to look at athletes with garish tattoos than Mike Tyson?

Tyson famously got a tribal design on the left side of his face back in 2003. Of late, he's been showing a comedic side, and he was positively giddy in the role of host. 'Tattoo Time With Mike Tyson' even had an intro segment, with Tyson dancing wildly.

He said Chris Anderson looked like a "a psychadelic turkey or something," while comparing Marquis Daniels to MapQuest for his tat of Florida on his back. "This guy would be wonderful to have around if you get lost in Fort Lauderdale."

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The LA Lakers Are Very Concerned About Their Hair -- and Their Groins (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 20th 2010 10:35PM
The LA Lakers Are Very Concerned About Their Hair -- and Their GroinsThe Los Angeles Lakers are now your 2010 World Champions. What will they do next? Will all the players stay on the team? Will coach Phil Jackson return next year? Will they manage to 'three-peat'?

Strangely enough, when the Lakers appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC), they didn't seem all that focused on these questions. Rather, they discussed guard Sasha Vujacic's obsession with making sure that his hair looks awesome. Vujacic was caught primping on camera in a clip that host Jimmy Kimmel shared. The clip got plenty of laughter from the team. Then, the conversation moved on to groins -- and testicles.

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Danny DeVito Likes Drinking, Basketball ... and Pot (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 17th 2010 11:00PM
Danny DeVito Likes Drinking, Basketball ... and PotWhat do guys like? Well, according to actor Danny DeVito, they enjoy "basketball," "gore," they like to "drink a lot" -- and then they enjoy marijuana. Yeah. That sounds about right, more or less.

On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC), DeVito discusses these burning issues. He points out that in November, the state of California may end up legalizing "something." (Hint: it's pot.) And DeVito seems pretty excited by the possibility of this.

But host Jimmy Kimmel chooses to believe that Danny is excited by the possibility of legalizing gay marriage. So he gets down on one knee and proposes to DeVito. ... Oh, Jimmy. You and Danny DeVito -- it's just never going to happen. You're just going to have to deal with that fact and move on.

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A Busboy Defeats the NBA on 'Jimmy Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 15th 2010 9:40PM
A Busboy Defeats the NBA on 'Jimmy Kimmel'Busboy Ricardo Reyes is the 'Pop-a-Shot' master. He has defeated all challengers at the mini-basketball game, and his challengers have included NBA All-Stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. (You can see his victories here for yourself.)

Jimmy Kimmel and his staff discovered 'Pop-a-Shot' prodigy Reyes in a local bar, and brought him on the show. In addition to beating LeBron and Kobe at the game, Reyes has also beaten Charles Barkley and Carmelo Anthony. And so, what reward does Reyes get for his mini-basketball dominance?

Why, a new car, of course! On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC), Kimmel awards the unsuspecting Ricardo with a brand new Ford Mustang. And then, Reyes drives off into the sunset, the undefeated champion of 'Pop-a-Shot.' Perhaps one day he will return -- if his title ever needs defending. Until then, Mr. Reyes, we bid you adiós.

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Jimmy Kimmel Shatters a Basketball Backboard (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 13th 2010 9:35PM
Jimmy Kimmel Shatters a Basketball BackboardIt is the dream of every red-blooded male to smash a basketball backboard in his lifetime. Or at least, that's the dream of Jimmy Kimmel -- and he counts as a red-blooded male, right?

On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night,' (Sun., 7PM ET on ABC), the host lives out his hoop dreams by shattering a plexiglass backboard. By doing this, he joins the ranks of such famed b-ball players as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. Awesome job, Jimmy Kimmel, way to go!

But sadly, Kimmel seems to have gotten a little help in his quest. For one thing, the basketball hoop looks like it's about five feet tall -- not the required ten feet. And not that we're doubting Jimmy's athletic prowess or anything, but the backboard breaks suspiciously easily ... almost as if it had been specially altered or something.

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Kobe Bryant Is Defeated by a Busboy in Basketball (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 11th 2010 12:15AM
Kobe Bryant Is Defeated by a Busboy in BasketballLos Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant shows up on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC). Kobe tries to compete at what he's best at ... basketball. And then he loses to a busboy.

Though most people will agree that Kobe is one of the greatest NBA players of all time, he can't match the awesome skills of busboy Ricardo Reyes. The writing team of the 'Kimmel' show discovered Ricardo at a local bar, and learned that he is fantastically amazing at the mini-basketball game of 'Pop-a-Shot.' So now, Reyes takes on former MVP Bryant to discover who is the true champion.

And ... Kobe loses. Actually, Kobe gets destroyed. Ricardo beats him by the score of 82 to 58. Total dominance!

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'Jimmy Kimmel' Quizzes NBA Stars About 'Sex and the City' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 8th 2010 11:25PM
'Jimmy Kimmel' Quizzes NBA Stars About 'Sex and the City'It's NBA Finals time, and all during the playoffs, Jimmy Kimmel is kicking things off early with a live broadcast before the games. On the latest episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC), Kimmel sends his sidekick Guillermo to talk with the players about the most important thing ever. ... And what is the most important thing ever, you ask? Why, it's the movie 'Sex and the City 2,' of course.

Guillermo interrogates the confused players about their knowledge of Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda. He also helpfully shares some information about the movie with them: for instance, the fact that Samantha is "the slutty one." Basketball stars such as Kevin Garnett and Derek Fisher seem a little startled by the whole thing, but they do their best to play along.

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Russell Brand Talks About His In-Laws with Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 3rd 2010 10:35PM
Russell Brand Talks About His In-Laws with Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel is hosting a special half-hour version of his show before each game of the NBA Finals. And the first guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) is English actor and comedian Russell Brand. Unfortunately, Russell Brand and basketball go together about as well as ... two things that don't go together at all. So luckily for us, Kimmel quickly moves Brand onto the topic of sex, drugs and his fiancée Katy Perry.

[Spoiler alert.]

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The NBA Playoffs Tip-Off with Timberlake and Foxx

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 17th 2010 8:21PM
jamie_foxx_justin_timberlake_nbaThe post-season has arrived for the National Basketball Association. The NBA Playoffs are upon us, starting today on ABC and ESPN, and tomorrow night on TNT, and that means the networks are shifting into overdrive to present all the games, all the action, and -- especially -- all the stars to the viewing public. Shaq, Kobe, LeBron, Dwayne, Dirk, Rajon ... if you're a fan, you don't need the last names. That's how big the star power is for NBA elite players.

It's perhaps even bigger than the NFL or any other major league. And that's one reason why the NBA is not the number one sport in America, but it is the number one marketed sport. That's a point illustrated in the new promo for the TNT broadcasts featuring music and movie stars Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake extolling the virtues of the NBA playoffs.

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NBC Ratings Still Good After Olympics

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 8:00PM
The NBC logoSure the wall-to-wall Winter Olympics left a lot of people wondering why they should give half-a-crap about ice dancing, but NBC has bounced back with its post-Olympic lineup.

NBC's two new prime time series, 'Parenthood' and 'The Marriage Ref,' won the ratings game against their competitors, and even Jay Leno's triumphant return to 'The Tonight Show' beat David Letterman's 'Late Show.'

Of course, this is just the premiere week for these shows and it's not known if they can retain the numbers that have helped them back into first place for the first time in a good long while. At least the executives can breathe a little easier and Jeff Zucker can rest assured that he won't be losing his job anytime soon as opposed to maybe losing his job by some kind of divine intervention.

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World Series and NBA debut get high ratings

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 29th 2009 7:31PM
Both the World Series and the start of the NBA season brought in big numbers for their respective networks this week. The MLB faceoff between the Yankees and the Phillies score Fox a 6.3 rating share or 19.3 million viewers in their timeslot. The NBA's doubleheader opener on Tuesday helped TNT score a record-breaking 3.7 million viewers.

Stories like these make me long for the Yoda-like wisdom of baseball's Yogi Berra. Just think of the grammatically incorrect gems he could conjure.

"People watch sports because it's easier than playing it."

"Sports has a big following because so few people follow it."

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Are you the best baller in the country?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2009 7:08PM
basketball playerFirst of all, you should all be ashamed of yourself for thinking that title means anything but basketballer.

Former NBA player Duane Causwell and producer Mark Skeete are looking for America's Top Baller. That's the (hopefully tentative) name of a new reality show that's in the works. A bunch of guys will compete to see who is the best amateur basketball player in the country. The winner gets a bunch of money, a sports agent, and their own sneaker. Of course, winning this show doesn't guarantee an NBA career, but I would imagine that if you win this show you're probably pretty talented when it comes to basketball so you'll at least get a tryout with some teams.

We have to come up with a better title though. How about Dribble! or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Basketball Player? Or maybe Don't Forget The Lycra Shorts! I think The People's Court would be a good title, but that's already taken.

[via TV Tattle]

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Costas drops HBO for more MLB Network

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 3rd 2009 7:33PM
costasAs anyone who follows sports on TV knows, Bob Costas is a baseball guy. He loves, loves, loves the National Pastime. Therefore, since NBC has not had major league baseball for years, it's been rough on Bob. He's managed to keep his love for the game alive with books and speeches and as part of his work for HBO. Well, now he's going to be doing a lot more baseball.

Bob Costas is upping his commitment to the MLB Network, and leaving HBO. When the new baseball channel launched on January 1, 2009, included in the charter line up All Time Games, the rebroadcasting of vintage baseball games with Costas as the host.




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The NBA returns to TNT in October

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 6th 2007 12:23PM

The NBA returns to TNT in OctoberI am now going to report on the telecast schedule for the 2007-08 NBA season. For those of you who are asking 'Wasn't NBA the name of the network on Studio 60?' please pass over this post as quickly as possible.

TNT will televise the first games of the new season, which begins on October 30th, with a double-header. The 8 pm kickoff will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers. That will be followed by a 10:30 p.m. game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. TNT will televise 52 regular season games this year, with 46 of them being part of their exclusive Thursday night broadcast. They will also broadcast the annual All-Star game on February 17th. What this means to non-basketball fans is a few less showings of Law & Order. Yea, that's right, get angry!

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