'The Bounce,' a nightly NBA studio show on mobile, launches Monday on Yahoo Sports

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The NBA, Turner Sports and Yahoo Sports will launch a first-of-its-kind mobile studio show Monday. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
The NBA, Turner Sports and Yahoo Sports will launch a first-of-its-kind mobile studio show Monday. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

“The Bounce,” a first-of-its-kind live weekly studio show centered around the NBA, will debut on Martin Luther King Jr. Day exclusively on Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo Sports app.

The built-for-mobile show will feature a “nightly pulse of the league” with rotating analysts and basketball legends. It’ll launch at 5 p.m. ET Monday for the full day of games, then move back into its regularly scheduled 8 p.m. slot.

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‘The Bounce’ hits the hardwood Jan. 21

“The Bounce” will air five nights a week — Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — and air live from 8-11 p.m. ET. It will run through the end of the regular season on Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo Sports app on iOS and Android.

The show will be co-produced by Turner Sports and Yahoo Sports from the Turner Studios in Atlanta with the NBA partnering. It’s part of a multiyear deal and the first of its kind in the market, according to the NBA and Yahoo, and will offer a “nightly pulse of the league through expert analysis from a roster of hosts.”

“We believe in serving fans on their terms, and ‘The Bounce’ on the Yahoo Sports app will give fans a new way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with the NBA while providing them with access to NBA League Pass all in one place,” Yahoo Sports general manager Geoff Reiss said in a statement. 

The show will feature in-progress highlights, a live scoreboard, social media integrations and behind-the-scenes footage. Viewers can tune in to live out-of-market games on NBA League Pass, which Yahoo started making available last season.

Said David Denenberg, the NBA’s senior vice president of global media distribution and business affairs:

“’The Bounce’ will offer a new way for our passionate fans to experience NBA content on their mobile devices, as both a standalone show or as companion programming to live games, so viewers have the option to tune in to the national and locally televised games that are profiled on the show.”

Show features basketball legends

Gary Payton, Swin Cash and Jason Terry will be part of the rotating analysts roster. Yahoo Sports’ NBA reporters will also make occasional appearances on the show.

Payton is a nine-time All-Star who won a title with the Miami Heat in 2006. He is the only point guard to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year and holds a number of Seattle SuperSonics franchise records for his 13 years there.

Cash is a three-time WNBA champion, two-time NCAA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning titles with the Detroit Shock and Seattle Storm and at UConn. She’s currently the director of franchise development for the New York Liberty.

Terry acknowledged his retirement in December after a 15-year career. The former Sixth Man of the Year has an NCAA title with the University of Arizona and an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks.

The show will feature them alongside Turner commentators Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Allie LaForce and Stephanie Ready as studio hosts.

Gold-Onwude covered the Golden State Warriors as a sideline reporter during their NBA title years. LaForce moved last June from CBS, where she was a sideline reporter for college football, to Turner, where she is a reporter for the NBA on TNT. She also covers college basketball during March Madness.

Ready covered the Charlotte Hornets as part of the Fox Sports Southeast crew since 2004, when the Hornets returned. She left in December. Ready was a college and NBA G-League coach and worked last year with Turner and its virtual-reality approach to games.

NBA’s MLK Jr. Day of games

Five nationally televised NBA games will kick off “The Bounce” viewing experience on Monday. TNT will have a tripleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET when the Memphis Grizzlies host the New Orleans Pelicans in the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game.

The Philadelphia 76ers host the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. and the Los Angeles Lakers host the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

“The Bounce” will air early to feature the holiday games before falling back into its 8 p.m. start time Wednesday.

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