February 2020 Basketball Wiretap

NBA All-Star Game Averages 7.3 Million Viewers, Peaks At 8 Million Viewers In Fourth Quarter

Feb 18, 2020 1:35 AM

The NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.3 million viewers on TNT.

The ratings represent an 8% increase from last season.

The game peaked with 8 million viewers during the final 15 minutes of a commercial-free fourth quarter.

Turner Sports also reported a 15% increase in viewership across all events during All-Star Weekend.

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All-Star Saturday Night Coverage Peaks With 6.4 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Since 2017

Feb 16, 2020 6:26 PM

The NBA reported that the All-Star Saturday Night coverage on TNT generated the highest ratings since 2017, with an average of 5.1 million viewers.

TNT's telecast peaked between 10:15-30 pm E.T. with 6.4 million viewers.

The event also posted a record amount of interactions on social media, with a 27% increase in video views and a 25% increase in engagements on NBAonTNT and NBATV accounts as compared to 2019.

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Aaron Gordon After Finishing Second In Dunk Contest: 'I Feel Like I Should Have Two Trophies'

Feb 16, 2020 1:16 AM

Aaron Gordon said he was done participating in dunk contests after finishing in second place to Derrick Jones. 

Gordon also finished second to Zach LaVine in 2016.

"I did four straight 50s -- five straight 50s. That's over. It's a wrap. Let's go home Four 50s in a row in an NBA Dunk Contest, it's over. But I don't know. Who's running the show? ... It's a wrap, bro. I feel like I should have two trophies," said Gordon.

Gordon and Jones went to two tie-breaker rounds, with Gordon dunking over Tacko Fall with his final attempt.

Common and Candace Parker, two judges of the dunk contest, said that the plan was for Jones and Gordon to finish in another tie. 

"We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, 'This is a tie!' But somebody didn't do it right. I don't know who it is," said Common. 


Tags: Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star

NBA Renames All-Star Game MVP Award In Kobe Bryant's Honor

Feb 15, 2020 8:41 PM

Adam Silver announced that the NBA will rename the All-Star Game MVP award in Kobe Bryant's honor.

The award will now be called the All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award.

"Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game. He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world," said Silver.

Bryant played in 18 straight All-Star Games between 1998 and 2016.


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Team LeBron Five-Point Favorite Over Team Giannis In All-Star Game

Feb 13, 2020 5:35 PM

Team LeBron is a five-point favorite over Team Giannis in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, according to the line from BetOnline.

Team LeBron features a starting five of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden. Team Giannis features a starting five of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young.

Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis by a final score of 178-164 last year with Kevin Durant winning MVP.


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Nicoḷ Melli Named As Injury Replacement For Rising Stars Game

Feb 13, 2020 1:04 PM

Nicolò Melli has been added as an injury replacement for the Rising Stars Game at NBA All-Star Weekend. Melli, a native of Italy, will replace DeAndre Ayton (Bahamas) on Team World due to an ankle injury. Melli will join fellow Pelicans rookies Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Team World – Canada) and Zion Williamson (Team USA) in the Rising Stars Game, which will take place at the United Center on Friday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Melli, 6-9, 235, has appeared in 42 games this season (six starts), averaging 6.1 points while shooting .373 from three-point range, ranking him 6th among rookies, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Over his last 13 games, Melli is averaging 8.3 points on .532 shooting from the floor, including .478 from three-point range.

Prior to joining the Pelicans, Melli spent 12 years overseas, most recently playing for Fenerbahçe (Turkey). Melli has becomes the sixth player in team history to be named to the Rising Stars game, joining Alexander-Walker and Williamson this season, as well as Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and Buddy Hield.

Melli is 29 years old.

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Devin Booker Named To 2020 All-Star Game As Injury Replacement

Feb 13, 2020 11:16 AM

Devin Booker has been named by Adam Silver as an injury replacement to the 2020 All-Star Game for Damian Lillard. Booker will also replace Lillard in the Three-Point Contest.

Booker is averaging 26.4 points (10th in NBA) and 6.3 assists (19th) while shooting career bests of 49.6% from the field (30th) and 92.0% from the free throw line (2nd) in this his fifth season.

Booker’s selection is the 63rd all-time for the Suns and first since Steve Nash in 2012.

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Collin Sexton Replaces Tyler Herro In 2020 NBA Rising Stars Game

Feb 11, 2020 1:28 PM

Collin Sexton will replace Tyler Herro on the U.S. Team in the 2020 NBA Rising Stars, which will be played on Friday, Feb. 14 at the United Center in Chicago.

Sexton is averaging a team-high 19.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in his second NBA season. He is the third-leading scorer among second-year NBA players, behind 2020 NBA All-Stars and Rising Stars participants Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks.  Sexton, who was selected by Cleveland with the eighth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, was named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team last season.

Herro has missed Miami’s last three games with a sore right ankle. He ranks sixth among NBA rookies in scoring (13.1 ppg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (39.3).  Herro has made a rookie-leading 99 three-pointers.      

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NBA Announces 2020 All-Star Game Draft Results

Feb 6, 2020 8:41 PM

The NBA has announced the All-Star Game draft results as selected by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

First Round: Starters

Team LeBron Pick 1: Anthony Davis

Team Giannis Pick 2: Joel Embiid

Team LeBron Pick 3: Kawhi Leonard

Team Giannis Pick 4: Pascal Siakam

Team LeBron Pick 5: Luka Doncic

Team Giannis Pick 6: Kemba Walker

Team LeBron Pick 7: James Harden

Team Giannis Pick 8: Trae Young

Second Round: Reserves

Team Giannis Pick 9: Khris Middleton

Team LeBron Pick 10: Damian Lillard

Team Giannis Pick 11: Bam Adebayo

Team LeBron Pick 12: Ben Simmons

Team Giannis Pick 13: Rudy Gobert

Team LeBron Pick 14: Nikola Jokic

Team Giannis Pick 15: Jimmy Butler

Team LeBron Pick 16: Jayson Tatum

Team Giannis Pick 17: Kyle Lowry

Team LeBron Pick 18: Chris Paul

Team Giannis Pick 19: Brandon Ingram

Team LeBron Pick 20: Russell Westbrook

Team Giannis Pick 21: Donovan Mitchell

Team LeBron Pick 22: Domantas Sabonis

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3-Point Shootout Adds Two Deep Shots From 6 Feet Beyond Arc

Feb 5, 2020 1:32 AM

The NBA announced that the 3-point contest will include 2 deep shots from 6 feet beyond the 3-point line.

The two new shots will be in addition to the customary 25 shots, and will increase the time limit to 70 seconds (up from 60 seconds).

One deep spot will be located on top of the key, with the other on the wing. 

The two spots will be called the MTN Dew Zone, and be taken with a special green ball. 

Damian Lillard, Buddy Hield, Davis Bertans, Devonte' Graham, Duncan Robinson, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and Joe Harris will compete in the shootout this year. 


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Pat Connaughton To Participate In 2020 Slam Dunk Contest

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Spencer Dinwiddie On Not Getting Invited To Skills Challenge: 'Folks Don't Care About Me'

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