Release Date: 10/19/2012
NBA TV’s Critically-Acclaimed Open Court Continues Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 p.m. ET
First Two Episodes of Open Court Up 124 Percent Among Total Viewers vs. Last Year NBA TV’s Critically-Acclaimed Open Court Continues Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 p.m. ET
First Two Episodes of Open Court Up 124 Percent Among Total Viewers vs. Last Year
NBA TV’s third episode of the critically-acclaimed Open Court series will be televised Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 p.m. ET. This latest episode – Open Court: Bragging Rights – will feature discussion on each panelist’s career, when they thought they had ‘arrived’ in the NBA, the best Olympic team of all time, the greatest basketball coaches and more.
The series is moderated by Sports Emmy® Award-winning studio host Ernie Johnson and features a combination of TNT and NBA TV analysts including Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chris Webber.
The first two episodes of Open Court posted significant audience gains over the show's debut last season, collectively seeing a 124 percent increase among total viewers.
Shaq and the guys debate Olympic Dream Teams
Excerpts from the third episode of Open Court:
Shaquille O’Neal on who could beat the Dream Team: “Michael [Jordan] said it best: ‘The [first] Dream Team had 11 Hall of Famers.’ I’m going to go on the record saying the only team that could beat [the first] Dream Team was Dream Team II [the Olympic Team that O’Neal played on] that you all don’t talk about. That’s the Dream Team II that played in the World Games. We are the only team that could have beat Dream Team I. Period. Enough said.”
Kenny Smith comparing the players on this year’s Olympic Dream Team vs. the 1992 Dream Team: “There’s only two, maybe three guys that would have made the original Dream Team. Tyson Chandler, great player, but he wouldn’t have made the team. They wouldn’t have even tried him out. [Kevin] Durant, LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] are the only three guys that would have made it and none of them would have started in their position except for LeBron.”
Charles Barkley lists his candidates for the best coaches of all time: “John Wooden, Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson and Pat Summitt. In my opinion, those are the four greatest coaches.”
Chris Webber on his pick for the greatest coach: “I would say Red Auerbach. He promoted the game of basketball and unity for everyone. When you look at his legacy, it’s wins first and foremost, but after that it’s what he did for the game. I have always respected his wins but he also made sure the game was ok too.”
Steve Kerr on his pick for greatest coach and the challenges he faced managing to still win titles: “Every team has that [issues, egos, drama] every year. Playing for Phil Jackson, I was there for three championships. There was so much turmoil. We had contract disputes with Scottie Pippen every year. We had Dennis Rodman show up on our doorstep; nobody could coach Dennis Rodman. Phil Jackson won 11 titles and sifted through all the NBA ‘stuff’ [egos, drama, everything] and he won every single year.”
The next episode titled Open Court: The Future will air Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. with the panelists discussing their thoughts on the top five players in the NBA today, the team they would build if they were GM’s, coaches they would like to play for and more.
Additional information, archival footage from last season and behind-the-scenes clips from Open Court can be found at www.NBA.com/opencourt.
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