“My Life as an NBA Rookie,” a special that gives audiences an inside look at some of today’s biggest NBA stars in their first year in the league, premieres Monday, October 29 at 7:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD as part of “Nothing But Net Marathon,” a sports-themed marathon featuring episodes of “Kickin’ It,” “Lab Rats” and “Crash & Bernstein” beginning at 5:00 pm ET/PT.
Hosted by Billy Unger, star of Disney XD’s “Lab Rats,” the special features exclusive footage of New Orleans Hornets’ power forward Anthony Davis practicing with the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team; takes fans behind the scenes at the NBA Draft Combine and NBA Draft; looks at how players mentally and physically prepare for training camp and opening night; and reveals entertaining rookie duties.
“My Life as an NBA Rookie” includes Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, among others.
“NBA Fit,” a series encouraging health and fitness for kids and families, and featuring a roster of NBA stars, shows what it takes for an NBA player to train for optimal performance on the court. Hosted by Daniel Curtis Lee (“Zeke and Luther”), the series includes Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, among others. Produced by NBA Entertainment, “NBA Fit” premieres Friday, April 29 at 4:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD, followed by multiple presentations throughout the week.
Coinciding with the premiere of “NBA Fit,” Disney XD will present a day of sports-themed programming, including episodes of “Pair of Kings” (2:00-4:00 p.m., ET/PT) and “Phineas and Ferb” (4:15-5:00 p.m., ET/PT).
NBA Fit is part of the league”s ongoing initiative to introduce basketball to young people. Players highlighted on each episode are as follows (all at 4:00 p.m., ET/PT):
Friday, April 29
Howard, Iguodala, Love, Glen Davis (Boston Celtics), and Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers)
Friday, May 6
Durant, Paul, and Chris Andersen (Denver Nuggets)
Friday, May 13
Wade (Miami Heat), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), and Nenê (Denver Nuggets)
Friday, May 20
Rose, Arron Afflalo (Denver Nuggets), and Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)
Friday, May 27
Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Friday, June 3
Jordan Farmar (New Jersey Nets), Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers), and Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat)
NBA Digital and Playdom today announced the launch of NBA Dynasty, a new social game on Facebook that will allow NBA fans to create and manage their ultimate dream team by choosing from more than 9,000 player seasons from 1946 to present. The new game marks the first for Playdom with a professional sports league.
Throughout the year, NBA Dynasty will provide fans with the opportunity to compete in games against NBA stars, NBA championship teams, and head-to-head with their friends for the all-time best record.
“With NBA Dynasty, we wanted to create a realistic coaching and managing experience while giving players the opportunity to build their ultimate fantasy team,” said Playdom’s Co-Chief Operating Officer, John Donham. “Players will finally find out if their childhood heroes can beat those of their friends.”
NBA Dynasty will feature more than 1,200 video clips of NBA highlights from the 2010-11 season. Individual video clips will play when an NBA player performs well in the social media game. Fans can directly affect the outcome of NBA Dynasty games by setting their starting line-up, calling time-outs, and substituting players in real time. By building the best fan base, NBA arena, and coaching reputation, fans can boost their franchise to dynasty status.
NBA Dynasty further emphasizes the NBA’s use of social media to enhance the game experience for fans around the world. The NBA is the No. 1 sports league in the U.S. on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with the most fans, followers, and videos viewed, respectively.
“Social media takes sports gaming to new frontiers,” said Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager of NBA Digital. “The combination of our industry leading social audience with Playdom’s social gaming expertise will give fans an entertaining new way to engage with the NBA.”
Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom
Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.
Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.
Photos by Gene Duncan, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort
The celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers continued today at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. The 2009 NBA World Champions were celebrated with a parade on Main Street USA. Fans lined-up to celebrate the team and MVP Kobe Bryant. Bryant also took time to enjoy the Matterhorn Bobsleds with fans.
Disneyland Resort Celebrates Los Angeles Lakers and MVP Kobe Bryant With a Victory Parade for the 2009 World Champions
ANAHEIM, Calif., June 18 — Celebrating the best in basketball, the Disneyland Resort saluted the 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday with a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A., in Disneyland park. Kobe Bryant, MVP of the recent NBA Finals, smiled and waved to fans as he rode on a float to represent the Lakers in the special, celebration parade.
Some favorite Disney characters joined the magical parade as Disneyland guests cheered for the Lakers and their 15th NBA championship. The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic to win the title in a “Fairytale Series” that matched up teams located near Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
“It’s like a dream come true to be here and celebrate at Disneyland, coming down Main Street U.S.A. with all the fans cheering,” Bryant said after the parade. “It’s a tremendous honor to represent my team.”
June 5, 2009 – Glendale, CA – Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced an all new line of t-shirts from the NBA celebrating the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers as they head for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Magic and Lakers share their hometowns with Disney’s two U.S. theme parks, Disneyland Resort® and Walt Disney World Resort®, and will be showcasing the most iconic of Disney characters, Mickey Mouse, as this new line designed for boys and men takes Mickey and friends Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto courtside. With character-themed styles that incorporate the Magic and Lakers colors and logos, as well as the NBA Finals trophy, this line is fun and fashionable for all ages. The collection also includes iconic pieces using Mickey silhouettes, giving Magic and Lakers fans alike the chance to go coast to coast in Disney style.
“This new line of shirts celebrates the excitement of the NBA Finals while adding a touch of Disney style for NBA fans of all ages,” said Stephen Teglas, Vice President, Fashion and Home, Disney Consumer Products. “Mickey is at the forefront of many fashion trends and the NBA Finals are a perfect fit for both Mickey and his friends.” Available in authentic team colors of Lakers purple and gold and Magic blue and white, boy’s shirts come in sizes 8-20, and men’s sizes ranging from S-XXL. The shirts are currently available at STAPLES Center and Amway Arena, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World and online at nbastore.com, orlandomagicshop.com and lakersstore.com.
ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 3, 2009) – Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and Disneyland President Ed Grier are squaring off – all in fun – as their local teams, the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, head for the NBA Finals.
With both Disney parks asking guests “What Will You Celebrate?” in 2009, Grier and Crofton are getting in the act, making a celebratory wager on the outcome of the NBA Finals:
If the Magic win, Grier will walk down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park wearing a pair of specially made Mickey Mouse ears in Magic blue and silver. If the Lakers win, Crofton will don a pair of Lakers’ purple and gold mouse ears and walk down Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
“The Lakers are going to make your team very Grumpy this week,” predicted Grier to Crofton.
“But we have ‘Magic’ on our side,” countered Crofton. “And isn’t that what Disney is all about?”
Crofton and Grier went through their respective parks Wednesday looking for supporters. Grier shot some hoops with Donald and Pluto in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, while Crofton (along with Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale) drummed up Orlando Magic support in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.
The park presidents even pledged to turn the lights of their respective castles to their team colors in celebration of the historic pairing.