TNT Tips off the 2011-12 NBA Season on Christmas Day with the Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks at Noon (ET)
Shaquille O’Neal makes his TNT debut alongside Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith
on NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com at 11 a.m. (ET)
TNT will tip off the 2011-12 NBA season with a Christmas Day game featuring the Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks on Sunday, Dec. 25 at Noon (ET). A special hour-long edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com precedes the season’s first game at 11 a.m. (ET). The show will feature studio host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, along with the TNT debut of 15-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal previewing the day’s action. Following the pre-game show, the 2011-12 NBA season will get underway with Paul Pierce and the Celtics visiting Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks at Noon (ET) live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) will be courtside calling the action, with Craig Sager reporting.
“We are excited to tip off the start of the 2011-12 NBA season,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “Our talented roster of marquee announcers and analysts represent the very best in the business and they are ready to again inform and entertain our viewers throughout the season. I'm also looking forward to seeing Shaquille join our acclaimed studio team. His experience and insights as one of the game’s great players will be the perfect complement to Ernie, Kenny and Charles.”