The NBA All-Star Weekend is Set to Bring the Brightest to Indiana

The NBA's brightest stars are in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend for the annual All-Star Game! Look ahead at all the action.

One of the NBA’s most anticipated events of the year is coming up this weekend. The NBA All-Star Game is headed to Indianapolis, Indiana where the best in basketball will participate in a weekend full of events.

Three days of action await NBA fans with new and exciting features to the weekend. Take a look at all the events below!

LED Court

One exciting feature of the All-Star game will be the new LED Light court. The NBA advertises and “endless amount of animation capabilities,” including enhancements to the three point line, court graphics, and more.

Friday: Celebrity and Rising Stars Games

To welcome fans to the All-Star Game, the NBA is hosting two games on Friday night.

The Celebrity game hosts two teams of celebrities to play one another in basketball, coached by Stephen A. Smith, Lil Wayne, A’ja Wilson and Shannon Sharpe, and 50 Cent.

Team Shannon consists of Anuel AA, Kai Cenat, Conor Daly, Walker Hayes, Quincy Isaiah, Jewell Loyd, Micah Parsons, Lilly Singh, SiR, and Dylan Wang. Team Stephen A’s roster is Metta World Peace, Jack Ryan, CJ Stroud, Gianmarco Tamberi, Adam Blackstone, Natasha Cloud, Jennifer Hudson, Tristan Jass, AJ Mclean, and Kwame Onwauchi.

Tipping off at 7pm on ESPN, the Celebrity game kicks off the weekend.

At 9pm Friday night, the Panini Rising Stars tournament tips off. Four teams of the NBA’s rising rookies, sophomores, and G-League players will face off in a series of games.

Two first round games followed by a championship game will decide the winning team.

The teams are coached by Pau Gasol, Tamika Catchings, Detlef Schrempf, and Jalen Rose.

Saturday: All Star Saturday Night

Saturday night is packed with fun activities and events.

Kicking off the night at 8 p.m. is the KIA Skills Challenge. There are three teams facing off in the contest, Team Pacers (hosts), Team Top Picks, and Team All-Stars.

Team Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, Myles Turner

Team Top Picks: Paolo Banchero, Anthony Edwards, Victor Wembanyama

Team All-Stars: Scottie Barnes, Tyrese Maxey, Trae Young

The Challenge is broken down into three rounds. The first round is a traditional relay where teams will compete for points and the best time. Round Two is a passing challenge where again points will be accumulated.

The final round is a shooting competition where teams will shoot together from various spots on the court. The team with the most points at the end of three rounds is the winner.

After the Skills Challenge is over, they will hold the Starry 3-Point contest. Participants this year include Malik Beasley, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard, Lauri Markkanen, Donovan Mitchell, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Trae Young.

Similar to years past, players will have 70 seconds to make as many three point shots as possible. There are regular balls (1 Point), money balls (2 points), and Starry balls (3 Points).

The players with the best scores in round one will continue to round two, and the player with the most points after that will win!

After that, the Stephen vs Sabrina 3-point challenge is next. After absolutely crushing the 3-point contest at the WNBA All-Star Game last summer, New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu will now challenge the 3-point GOAT Steph Curry to a one on one. She broke the record for most points in both the NBA and WNBA 3-point contest scoring 37 out of a possible 40 points.

Each player will be competing to win money for their respective charity. Ionescu’s SI20 foundation as well as Curry’s Eat.Learn.Play foundation will both receive a donation from the NBA and WNBA. Each shot both players make will also contribute money to the NBA Foundation.

Their contest will follow the same rules as the regular 3-point contest.

To finish off the night’s festivities, the Slam Dunk contest is the final event. Jaylen Brown, Mac McClung, Jaime Jaquez Jr., and Jacob Toppin will compete.

After McClung wowed audiences at last year’s All-Star game, he will be back to defend his title.

Players compete to show off the most spectacular dunks in order to gain points from a panel of judges. The flashier the better!

Sunday: The Main Event

Finally on Sunday, it’s the All-Star Game! The event is going back to the East vs West format, so there will be no draft.

The starters were chosen by fan vote, the reserves by a coaches vote, and the injury reserves by the Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver.

The game will also return to the classic 12-minute quarters with a traditional scoring system. There will no longer be an untimed fourth quarter, or finish when a team reaches the target score. Teams will continue to try to win each quarter in order to donate money to charity.

This is a return to previous formatting after criticism of the structure of years’ past making the game less exciting to watch.

Captains were chosen from the player who got the most votes in the East and Western conference fan votes. LeBron James will lead the West team with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the East team.

The rest of the West team consists of Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, Anthony Edwards, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

The East Team is Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Paolo Banchero, Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Maxey, and Donovan Mitchell, Scottie Barnes and Trae Young. Barnes and Young are injury replacements for Joel Embiid and Julius Randle.

Make sure to tune into the All-Star Action all weekend long!

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