In the wake of the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant and NBA Commissioner David Stern (1984-2014), the 69th NBA All-Star weekend will commence on Feb. 14-16, with nothing short of pure emotions amongst the All-Star participants and fans of the NBA. This year’s events will be hosted in Chicago at the United Center.
The first day of events (Feb. 14) will consist of the Celebrity All-Star game, with participants including Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Ronnie 2k. This event will be followed by the Rising Stars Challenge – an event in which current rookies battle against second-season players to prove their athleticism. The celebrity game starts at 7 p.m. followed by the Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m.
The second day (Feb. 15) includes the Taco Bell Skills Challenge with multiple players such as Jayson Tatum (‘19 champion), Patrick Beverley, Pascal Siakam, and plenty more. This competition challenges players to hone in on ball control, hand-eye coordination, and concentration. The MTN Dew 3-Point Contest will follow, including cold-blooded shooters like Joe Harris (‘19 champion), Damian Lillard, Trae Young and a handful more. The final event of the day will be the AT&T Slam Dunk contest, with high flyers Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones Jr., Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton. The Skills Challenge will begin at 8 p.m followed by the other two events.
The weekend of events will conclude with the All-Star game (Feb. 16), an event where great talent throughout the NBA face off in a criticized more offense than defense game of basketball. Two-time East captain Giannis Antetokounmpo and three-time West captain LeBron James (most votes throughout all players) will lead their selected teammates, from big names including Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Brandon Ingram, and plenty more.
With the tragic deaths of Kobe and Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, the NBA has set new rules for the All-Star game to honor the basketball legends. Team Giannis will be wearing No. 24 and team LeBron wearing No. 2, the jersey numbers of each individual. This event will also feature the new “Final Target Score” – a concept in which 24 will be added to the highest score of either team after three quarters of play, and that score will be the number that either team must reach in order to win in an untimed fourth quarter. Ex: 76-70 is the score at the end of the third, which means the teams must reach a score of 100 to win. This event will begin at 8 p.m.
More information regarding participants, times, and locations of each listed event can be located on the NBA’s webpage.