It doesn’t happen all that often, but this season a member of the Sacramento Kings is set to be in the NBA All-Star Game. And if you want to follow Kings center DeMarcus Cousins – one of the association’s truly dominating big men – in the annual contest between the NBA’s Western and Eastern conference studs, several opportunities exist.
Cousins’ selection as a member of the Western Conference team marks the first time in 11 seasons a Kings player has made the squad. It was a little more common during the team’s golden era in Sacramento when the Kings sent two players to the game for four straight seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04). Before that, Hall of Fame guard Mitch Richmond was selected to play in six consecutive seasons (1992-93 through 1997-98).
But this is Cousins’ time, and the All-Star company in which he finds himself is fast company, the kind TNT can be expected to present with all stops pulled out.
Plus, Cousins is one of the players being featured in the All-Star All-Style fashion competition, which will be aired at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on TNT. The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and six other players will be part of that show. So there’s that, too.
Here’s where fans can follow the game and related events on television, radio and online:
TNT is scheduled to broadcast the game, which tips off at 5:30 p.m. PST Sunday from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Veteran broadcaster Marv Albert will do play-by-play, accompanied by former Kings All-Star Chris Webber and all-time great Reggie Miller providing analysis. According to nba.com, Sunday’s broadcast will be the 20th with Albert at the All-Star Game mic, including the 1968 game, also at Madison Square Garden.
David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols will report from courtside. In the studio, Ernie Johnson will host, leading a team that includes former players Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.
Pregame coverage, “NBA Tip-off,” begins at 4 p.m. on TNT.
ESPN is providing radio coverage of the All-Star Game, locally broadcasting on 1320 AM beginning at 5 p.m. The station also is broadcasting coverage of the Friday and Saturday events.
Kevin Calabro will handle play-by-play, with Jon Barry, a former member of the Sacramento Kings, providing analysis. Mark Stein will offer reports from courtside.
A live blog, featuring updates, highlights and comments from The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin, as well as other veteran NBA observers, will begin at 4 p.m.