NBA Inside Stuff
|NBA Inside Stuff|
|Presented by||Grant Hill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||Original series: 15 |
Revival series: 4
|No. of episodes||N/A (airs weekly)|
|Running time||21–22 minutes (1990-2002) |
23-24 minutes (2002-2006)
|Original network||NBC (1990-2002) |
NBA TV (2013-present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV/4:3 pillarbox) (1990-2006) |
1080i (HDTV) (2013-present)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox) (2013-present)
|Original release||Original series: |
October 27, 1990 – January 15, 2006
November 2, 2013 –
February 27, 2016
|Followed by||NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad (2006–2011)|
|Related shows||Inside the NBA |
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|NBA.com's Inside Stuff page|
NBA Inside Stuff is a television program airing on NBA TV and previously aired on NBC for many years, then on ABC, featuring behind the scenes activities of NBA players. The program also includes features on fitness and fundamentals of basketball. Previously hosted by Ahmad Rashād (and once co-hosted by Julie Moran, and then Willow Bay) and Summer Sanders, the show is now hosted by former NBA star Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow.
NBA Inside Stuff served as a sort of recap and analysis show reviewing the week's previous games in the NBA, complete with top plays and special moments. The hosts would also interview top NBA players outside of game situations, often discussing issues relevant to them.
The show first aired on October 27, 1990 and ended on January 15, 2006. After a seven-year hiatus, NBA TV brought back Inside Stuff with new hosts and a new look. The revamped show began airing on November 2, 2013 on NBA TV.
NBA Inside Stuff was usually the bridge program for NBC between TNBC (or, in its first two seasons, its Saturday morning cartoon lineup) and Saturday afternoon programming, usually sports. In the late 1990s, the program received some adaptation in order to meet the FCC's educational and informational requirements. In 2002, ABC took over the show from NBC after the latter network's contract with the NBA as the exclusive network rights-holder had expired.
When it moved to ABC in the fall of 2002, it aired at the tail end of the network's ABC Kids Saturday morning children's programming block, serving as a bridge between that and their afternoon sports programming (occasionally being moved to Sundays during college football season).
For its first two years on ABC, the show suffered from a decline in viewership. When asked why he thought the show had gotten off track, host Ahmad Rashad had said, “because ABC locked us into a timeslot that didn’t fit the content, causing the show to suffer in the ratings.”  Many of the 18- to 34-year-old viewers who were drawn to the show on NBC throughout the ’90s failed to follow it to its new home on ABC. In the fall of 2004, as an effort to boost ratings, the show was moved to Sunday afternoons, airing as the lead in to the network's regular lineup of sports programming.
NBA Inside Stuff last aired on January 15, 2006. It was then replaced with the similarly themed NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad (which ran on ABC until 2011). As its name implies, Rashad was the host. Reruns of NBA Inside Stuff were moved at that time to NBA TV.
As previously mentioned, NBA TV announced that after a seven-year hiatus, NBA Inside Stuff would return with Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow as hosts. The commercial for the then-newly resurrected NBA Inside Stuff later aired on NBA TV.
- Grant Hill: Retired in 2013 following an 19-year NBA career, he is a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award and NBA co-Rookie of the Year in 1995. A small forward and the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft, played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career. He won two NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships (1991 and 1992) at Duke University, where his No. 33 jersey is retired. He also is an analyst on NBA TV and occasionally on Inside the NBA.
- Kristen Ledlow: Co-host of The Morning Drive, the morning show of Atlanta sports radio station 92.9 FM The Game, and also a reporter for NBA TV's Game Time. She's previously served as a field reporter for Fox Sports and Scout.com covering Southeast Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball. Additionally, Ledlow has anchored WTXL-TV 27 News and has been a sideline reporter for 97.9 ESPN Radio in Tallahassee, Florida.
- Shaquille O'Neal (fill-in host): Also a rapper and actor, he retired in 2011 after an NBA career that included the 2000 Most Valuable Player award and four NBA championships and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. A center drafted first overall by the Magic in 1992, he also played for the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers (where his #34 is retired), Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He joined TNT/NBA TV following his retirement and currently is an analyst on Inside the NBA and the presenter of popular blooper segment Shaqtin' a Fool.