Dec. 14, 2022 – The NBA today announced “Pass the Rock,” a new NBA Entertainment original multi-part series, will stream exclusively on the NBA App beginning Thursday, Dec. 15. The series will provide fans throughout the season behind-the-scenes access to the next generation of NBA stars as they prepare their minds and bodies for competition, establish themselves as leaders and spend time with friends and family.
Set to debut with an episode focused on New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, “Pass the Rock” will also feature episodes on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić, and Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes, with more players to be added to the lineup throughout the season.
Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated rap superstar Jack Harlow is the Executive Producer of the series with his seven-time Platinum global hit, “WHATS POPPIN,” serving as the show’s theme song.
On the debut episode, Williamson reflects on the difficult journey he faced after suffering a foot injury prior to the 2021-22 NBA season that sidelined him for more than a year. The 22-year-old forward opens up about his triumphant return to the game he loves, shares his excitement about the chemistry of the 2022-23 New Orleans Pelicans team and discusses what it’s like competing among the next generation of great NBA players.
“We’re simply the next wave of players. Each generation has them. We give our respect to the previous players because they set the groundwork for us to even be in this position,” Williamson says.
The second episode with Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown will premiere on Friday, Dec. 23, ahead of the Celtics’ Christmas Day matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks at 5 p.m. on ESPN and ABC.
Details regarding future episodes and additional players will be available periodically throughout the remainder of the season.
As previously announced, the new and improved NBA App is the all-in-one destination for NBA fans of every team. With entirely new personalization features, the NBA App provides wall-to-wall content from every NBA game and features social-style vertical video, unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to players and teams, new and existing shows and series, and access to the NBA vault for free. The NBA App – a product of NBA Digital, the league’s joint venture with Warner Bros. Discovery Sports – is free to download.
About the NBA
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 214 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 41 countries. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.