Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter Wiz Khalifa will join as the musical guest of the NBA Opening Night festivities. No stranger to the sports world, in the past he’s performed at ESPN SportsCenter Concert Series in conjunction with the 2015 NBA Draft, and his 2010 hit “Black and Yellow” (released via Rostrum/Atlantic) became an unofficial anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On Tuesday (Oct. 18), Turner Sports announced the launch of the “NBA on TNT Road Show,” curated around the Emmy-award winning post-game show Inside the NBA on TNT featuring Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Ernie Johnson. The special “Road Show” will include an interactive space of food trucks, musical performances, and other interesting fan activations. Activations include NBA on TNT premium merchandise, a “Singers Slam” studio allowing fans to lip sync like the personalities on the show, an on-court hoops experience, and much more.
The Opening Night of the NBA and the “Road Show” on Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. PT, set in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature a 75,000 square foot area located adjacent to the Quicken Loans Arena and be anchored by the Inside the NBA show which will be going on inside the arena.
Inside the arena the 2015 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers (team of all-star Lebron James and popular player Kyrie Irving) will face the New York Knicks at 8pm while just a couple hours later The San Antonio Spurs will go against the Golden State Warriors (team of NBA star Stephen Curry and newly signed Kevin Durant) at 10:30 p.m.
Coverage that night begins at 6 p.m. with pre-game programming followed by the Cavaliers ring ceremony.
Next up in performances will be Desiigner performing at halftime at the Philadelphia 76ers home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 26.