NBA Countdown serves as the primer for game telecasts on both ABC and ESPN. It features a less-scripted format, highlighted by a lively round-table discussion and debate of the top story lines around the league. Seats at the table are reserved for host Sage Steele and analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose. The latter two impart wisdom based on many years of combined playing and coaching experience. Doris Burke contributes analysis on the program's Wednesday editions.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, with supporting or fill-in analysts including Chris Webber and Grant Hill. The show has won nine Emmy Awards, while Johnson has won three as a studio host and Barkley has won three as a studio analyst.
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Since Barkley joined the show in 2001, Inside the NBA gained popularity for the chemistry and banter of the hosts. Barkley has also been known for his controversial comments and outrageous bets. In late 2002, Barkley told Kenny Smith that he would “kiss [his] ass” if Houston Rockets then-rookie Yao Ming scored nineteen points in a game, which was followed by Yao doing exactly that later that week. As a result, on Listen Up! With Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson that Thursday, Barkley kissed the rear end of a donkey that Smith brought into the studio. In 2002, a controversial Sports Illustrated cover, in which Barkley was portrayed in chains (as a slave), led to a sometimes heated debate on the TNT studio show. During the 2006 NBA Playoffs, in response to performer David Blaine's attempt to stay under water for nine minutes, Barkley duplicated the stunt with a small tub of water but only managed to stay under water for 24 seconds. Barkley has also been weighed on air several times, and once said “bullshit” live on air. Following the release of Django Unchained, Barkley will joke he isn't going to “take it any more master,” referring to Ernie Johnson. Johnson has a whip sound effect he uses when Barkley or O'Neal's conversations go far off topic, and for a segment called “The Whip” that provoked jokes from the other hosts - for example, Smith saying, “Revolt, revolt!” Smith has also been the brunt of jokes before, an example being the “retirement” of his jersey on air. In reality, it was a Tracy McGrady jersey with Smith's name put on a clothesline and “raised” to the TNT studio roof on a clothesline with various undergarments. Most of the jokes were featured as Ernie Johnson's E.J.'s Neat-O Stat of the Night, the show's closing segment. The popularity of the program has led the NBA to air reruns of the show (as well as reruns other TNT NBA studio programs, NBA Tip-Off, the American Express Halftime Report and Game Break) on the TNT Overtime on NBA.com. Analysts from the show have also been featured in the popular NBA 2K video game series beginning with NBA 2K15. In addition to winning nine Emmy Awards, it was announced live on the May 11th, 2016 edition that Inside was to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in October 2016, becoming just the twelfth program to receive the honor and the third sports show to do so after SportsCenter and Monday Night Football.
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