Turner Sports’ fan-focused NBA on TNT American Express Road Show will originate from L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for NBA All-Star 2018, highlighted by live telecasts of TNT’s Inside the NBA and performances by award-winning artists Kendrick Lamar on Friday, Feb. 16, and The Killers on Saturday, Feb. 17. The multi-day event will tip off with a performance by Grammy-nominated Lil Uzi Vert on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Themed around TNT’s popular Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA, the 30,000-square-foot fan fest located just outside STAPLES Center will feature interactive experiences, basketball clinics, a food truck and more over a four-day span (Thursday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 18), with highlights including:
TNT’s Inside the NBA Live from Los Angeles
The NBA on TNT American Express Road Show will be anchored by TNT’s Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal with live shows Thursday, Feb. 15, beginning with pregame coverage at 5 p.m. PT local time (8 p.m. ET), along with halftime and postgame coverage throughout the night; Friday, Feb. 16, with halftime and postgame coverage; and pregame coverage Saturday, Feb. 17, starting at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET)
Live Thursday Night Performance by Lil Uzi Vert
Award-winning hip hop recording artist Lil Uzi Vert will perform live from the Road Show on Thursday, Feb. 15. TNT will tip off its coverage from Los Angeles with pre-game coverage beginning at 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) leading into the network’s coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves at 6 p.m. (9 p.m. ET).
Kendrick Lamar to Take Road Show Stage Friday Night
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kendrick Lamar will perform live from the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show stage at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square on Friday, Feb. 16, following TNT’s postgame coverage of the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars (held next door at STAPLES Center). This event is exclusively for American Express Card Members – who may purchase tickets via AXS.com starting Tuesday, Feb. 13. Ticket proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
The Killers to Perform Live on Saturday Night
Following the release of their No.1 new album, Wonderful Wonderful, and a massive sold out arena tour across the country, The Killers will take center stage for a live performance from the Road Show on Saturday, Feb. 17, following State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Portions of The Killers’ performance will air during TNT’s All-Star coverage on Sunday.
Fan Festivities Throughout NBA All-Star
The NBA on TNT American Express Road Show will include a series of free events for fans to enjoy Thursday to Sunday:
Inside the NBA Themed Activities: Fans can enjoy a variety of offerings inspired by the Inside the NBA studio team, including personality-themed merchandise, food, drinks, premium giveaways and on-court activities.
Tissot 24-Second Shot Clock Challenge: To celebrate Tissot’s status as Official Watch of the NBA, fans will get to test their NBA knowledge against the iconic Tissot shot clock throughout the weekend. As part of the Tissot 24-Second Challenge, visitors will be able to sit behind the NBA on TNT desk and compete against each other and the countdown clock to win prizes. Washington Wizards 2018 NBA All-Star Bradley Beal will be at the Road Show Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), and Boston Celtics 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars participant Jayson Tatum will be on site Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), on behalf of Tissot to compete against fans in the 24-Second Challenge.
On-Court Hoops Experience: Located at the heart of the activation, NBA fans can show off their hoop skills on the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show basketball court presented by JBL. Planned activities include special on-court contests, NBA legend visits, kids games, fan dunk contests and more.