-- Game, Presented by Kaiser Permanente, will Highlight 75th Anniversary of the NBA --
-- Montell Jordan to Meet with Local Mentors Pre-Game in a Studio Session Presented by Arden Fair, Perform National Anthem and at Halftime --
Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Kings announced Grammy nominated, platinum selling singer and songwriter Montell Jordan will be performing the National Anthem and at halftime for the team’s Opening Night, Friday, October 22, when they host the Utah Jazz. Jordan will also be on hand to participate in a pre-game studio session presented by Arden Fair with local mentors to celebrate their commitment to local youth. Additionally, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the NBA, all fans in attendance will receive a free commemorative t-shirt, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.
“Following a successful summer league and pre-season, we are thrilled to be back in action here at Golden 1 Center, welcoming back the best fans during the 75th anniversary of the NBA,” said Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “We are also tremendously excited to have Montell Jordan with us to tip off the season and to help celebrate community youth advocates and leaders who tirelessly show up for our young people each and every day.”
Montell Jordan is a pastor, singer, songwriter and record producer best known for his hit 1995 single “This Is How We Do It.” The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for seven consecutive weeks. Jordan’s first album went platinum, mainly due to the significant success of the catchy single, selling over a million copies. On Opening Night, Jordan will not only be the halftime performer but will be singing the National Anthem as well. Prior to tip-off, Jordan will sit down with local youth mentors and advocates in Golden 1 Center’s Music Recording Studio to discuss his journey and passion and celebrate their dedication and work in our community. Participating mentors will include individuals associated with the Black Youth Leadership Project, Breakthrough, College Track, Cristo Rey High School Sacramento, Improve Your Tomorrow, Teen Success Inc., The SACTO Foundation and San Juan Education Foundation.
"I’m so honored and excited to be joining the Sacramento Kings organization, my brother and new Assistant Coach, Doug Christie, and the Studio Session with mentors on Opening Night!" said Recording Artist Montell Jordan. "Sacramento does it like nobody does!"
Coming off of an NBA Summer League championship and an undefeated preseason, Opening Night will be the highly anticipated regular-season debut of rookie guard Davion Mitchell at Golden 1 Center.
Prior to the start of the season, the Kings unveiled their new patch partner, Dialpad, which appears on the left front strap of player jerseys. Through this partnership, the Kings and Dialpad will co-develop meaningful community impact programming that empowers the next generation with technology, learning and innovation. Additionally, the team announced a new community impact program, “Sacramento Kings Community Starting 5 Presented by Quick Quack Car Wash,” which will launch during the Home Opener, designed to amplify the work of five local nonprofits.
Health and safety protocols for entry to the arena can be found at Kings.com/HealthandSafety.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit Kings.com.
The complete game schedule for the 2021-22 season will be announced on Fri., Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. ET.
August 18, 2021 FDR Media
NEW YORK –The NBA today announced the national television game schedule across TNT, ESPN and ABC for opening week and Christmas Day for its landmark 75th Anniversary Season.
The complete game schedule and broadcast schedules for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2021-22 season will be announced on Friday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. ET and include several milestone matchups that celebrate “NBA 75.”
The first four days of the league’s 75th Anniversary Season (Oct. 19-22) will feature eight national television games as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2021, with TNT and ESPN airing two doubleheaders each. Those games will showcase 12 different teams, the last eight players to win the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award and three rematches from last season’s playoffs.
The 2021-22 season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a doubleheader on TNT as the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET) in a rematch of a 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals series, followed by the Golden State Warriors visiting the Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET). TNT will present two opening-night games for the 26th straight season, marking Turner Sports’ 38th consecutive year of NBA coverage.
ESPN will tip off its 20th straight year of coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 20 with a doubleheader that opens with the Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns will host the Denver Nuggets (10 p.m. ET) in a rematch of a 2021 Conference Semifinals series.
Two Conference Finals teams from last season will take the court in TNT’s doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 21, with the 2021 Eastern Conference finalist Atlanta Hawks hosting the Dallas Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET) and the 2021 Western Conference finalist LA Clippers visiting the Warriors (10 p.m. ET).
Kia NBA Tip-Off 2021 will continue on Friday, Oct. 22 with an ESPN doubleheader. In the first game, the Eastern Conference’s top two 2020-21 regular-season teams will meet when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Nets (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the Suns will visit the Lakers (10 p.m. ET) in a rematch of a first-round playoff series last season.
The NBA will feature five games on Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25) for the 14th year in a row, with ESPN or ABC televising each matchup.
The 74th edition of the NBA on Christmas Day will tip off on ESPN with the Hawks facing the Knicks in New York (12 p.m. ET) in a rematch of a first-round playoff series from last season, marking Atlanta’s first Christmas Day appearance since 1989. ABC’s coverage will begin with the Celtics visiting the Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET) and continue with the Suns hosting the Warriors (5 p.m. ET). Next, ABC and ESPN will both air a matchup between the Lakers and Nets in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET). The Christmas Day schedule will conclude on ESPN as the Mavericks visit the Utah Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET).
The 2021-22 regular season will run Oct. 19, 2021 – April 10, 2022. The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 20 in Cleveland. TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 20th consecutive year. The 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament will be held April 12-15, followed by the start of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Saturday, April 16.
Below is the national television schedule for the first four days and Christmas Day for the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season.
Opening Week (Oct. 19-22, 2021)
Date Road Team Home Team Time (ET) Network
Tue., Oct. 19 Brooklyn Nets Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Tue., Oct. 19 Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers 10:00 p.m. TNT
Wed., Oct. 20 Boston Celtics New York Knicks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed., Oct. 20 Denver Nuggets Phoenix Suns 10:00 p.m. ESPN
Thu., Oct. 21 Dallas Mavericks Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Thu., Oct. 21 LA Clippers Golden State Warriors 10:00 p.m. TNT
Fri., Oct. 22 Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., Oct. 22 Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 10:00 p.m. ESPN
Road Team Home Team Time (ET) Network
Atlanta Hawks New York Knicks 12:00 p.m. ESPN
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks 2:30 p.m. ABC
Golden State Warriors Phoenix Suns 5:00 p.m. ABC
Brooklyn Nets Los Angeles Lakers 8:00 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Dallas Mavericks Utah Jazz 10:30 p.m. ESPN
NBA Christmas Day Schedule