Hoops DVR Watch
Here's a look at some basketball for which you might want to set your DVR in the next week or so:
It's Larry Bird's 50th birthday, and NBA TV is pulling out all the stops.
The lineup looks like this:
9 a.m. ET: Celtics vs. San Diego Clippers (1980) - A game from January of his rookie year.
11 a.m. ET: Over Time - The NBA TV show is devoted to Larry Lege.
11:30 a.m. ET: 1988 Three-Point Shootout - Bird's third consecutive win.
Noon ET: Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend - The home video.
1 p.m. ET: Celtics vs. Hawks (1985) - his 60-point game.
3 p.m. ET: 1981 Celtics highlights
4 p.m. ET: 1984 Celtics highlights
5 p.m. ET: Over Time - Repeat of 11 a.m. show.
5:30 p.m. ET: Larry Bird: Through the Years
6:30 p.m. ET: The Legend at 50: Larry Bird's 50 Greatest Moments - new show
7:30 p.m. ET: Bird & Walton - new show, as Walton interviews his ex-teammate - potential to be the greatest interview in the history of Western civilization.
8 p.m. ET: 1986 Celtics highlights
9 p.m. ET: 1987 Celtics highlights
10 p.m. ET: Retirement ceremony
11:30 p.m. ET: Vintage NBA - Reggie Miller talks about LB
12:30 a.m. ET: 1988 Three-Point Shootout - Bird's third consecutive win.
1 a.m. ET: The Legend at 50: Larry Bird's 50 Greatest Moments - new show
I'm interested in seeing the new shows, but beyond that, I'm not sure why we can't just see more classic games instead of 42 different documentaries - how about Game 6 of the '86 Finals or Game 7 of the '87 ECF???
To that end, please note that ESPN Classic is showing Game 4 of the 1984 Celtics-Lakers Finals at 5 p.m. ET - one of the true all-time classic games in NBA history.
Also on Thursday, TNT has Detroit-Dallas in the early game - possible Finals preview because, you know, someone's gotta win the East....
8 p.m. ET: Detroit at Orlando [League Pass] - nice East matchup, though DET is on the 2nd of a Florida b2b
10:30 p.m. ET: Miami at Denver [ESPN] - nice Wade v Melo matchup
1 p.m. ET: Euroleague: CSKA Moscow v FC Barcelona - NBA TV shows a Euroleague game each week on Wed. and then reruns it on Sat. Games are usually a couple weeks old, but it's still good to catch up with old U.S. college stars and Euro prospects in the best basketball league outside the U.S. This one is a nice matchup between two of last year's Final Four.
2:30 p.m. ET: College: (6) Texas A&M at (1) UCLA [CBS]
11 p.m. ET: College: (8) Washington at (18) Gonzaga [Fox Sports Net]
6 p.m. ET: Nice back-to-back movies on ESPN Classic with One on One at 6 ET and White Men Can't Jump at 8 ET.
8 p.m. ET: LSU vs. Texas [ESPN] - get a look at UT frosh Kevin Durant, who increasingly looks like the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft.
9:30 p.m. ET: San Antonio at L.A. Lakers [NBA TV] - tasty treat to end the weekend.
9 p.m. ET: Dallas at Utah [League Pass] - another early test for the Jazz.