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NBA TV To Televise NBA Hall Of Fame Ceremony

NBA TV on Aug. 8 will provide exclusive coverage of the  2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, network officials said Thursday.

 The network will open its coverage with a Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show leading up to its coverage of the annual event. Prior to the telecast, the network will telecast several Hall Of Fame-related specials, including an Aug. 4 special on the career of 2014 Hall OF Fame inductee Alonzo Mourning. On Aug.  5, the network will re-air two games from 2014 Hall Of Fame inductee Mitch Richmond’s career – his 40-point game in 1991 with the Golden State Warriors and his 47-point performance in 1995 with the Sacramento Kings, said network officials.

NBA TV and will also provide live coverage of the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame inductees’ press conference. The network will also air two original Hall of Fame themed episodes of The Starters. The Starters: Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will air Aug. 4, while The Starters: Hall of Fame Debate will air Aug. 6.

Along with Mourning and Richmond, other NBA Hall Of Fame inductees include:  

David Stern, former NBA Commissioner

Sarunas Marciulionis, European basketball pioneer; seven-year NBA veteran

Gary Williams, former University of Maryland head coach who led the Terps to the 2002 NCAA championship

Nolan Richardson, former University of Arkansas head coach who led the Razorbacks to three Final Four appearances, including the 1994 NCAA Championship

Nat Clifton, one of the first African-American players to sign an NBA contract; 1957 NBA All-Star

Guy Rogers, four-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA assists leader

Bob Leonard, former head coach of the American Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers

Immaculata University’s 1972-74 AIAW National Championship teams, the first women’s college team to play in a nationally televised game

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.