LOS ANGELES—Hollywood has always been the destination to transform and reinvent ones image and identity to remain hip. Its fitting that the 67th NBA All-Star game on TNT is revamping the faded East vs. West conference showdown. On Sunday, February 18 at Staples Center – the league’s two fiercest rivals will face off as Team LeBron takes on Team Steph.
All four major sports have made drastic changes to their All-Star games. The NBA All-Star format is a stroke of genius-where teammates and foes alike will put on a show rich with telenovella drama and subplots for the fans to enjoy. Recent All-Star games have been devoid of competition, one alley-hoop after another. It’s a definite upgrade from the score-gasm.
Cleveland Cavaliers legend, Lebron James, three time NBA Champion and 4X MVP and Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry, two time NBA Champion and 2X MVP received the most votes. Akin to a game at the park- the two captains have picked their players.
LeBron James got to pick first since he received the most votes of any player in the league. Curry got to select which color uniform. James chose Curry’s Warriors teammate Kevin Durant. Even more shocking, King James selected Kyrie Irving. Irving played with James for three seasons before demanding a trade last summer, landing with the Boston Celtics to truly be the point guard, while forging his own legacy not in LeBron’s all encompassing shawdow.
Here is a list of the roster:
Team LeBron: LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins (injured), Anthony Davis (injured), Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Victor Oladipo, Kristaps Porzingis (injured), John Wall (injured), Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic, Kemba Walker
Team Curry:Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green, James Harden, Al Horford, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns
The All-Star weekend has an array of concerts, basketball, glitz and glamour from Friday, February 16 thru Sunday ,February 18.
Here is a brief list of the events:
Don’t break your ankles visiting NBA Crossover: It will fill 20,000 square feet of space in The Majestic, an events venue in the Bartlett Building at 650 S. Spring St.
NBA Crossover is essentially a celebration of basketball culture. Los Angeles last hosted the NBA All-Star game in 2011.
Sadly, no Lakers or Clippers were selected to the All-Star game this year. Complete with Virtual Reality video games and the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Although Clippers guard Lou Williams will particapate in the Taco Bell Skills challenge on Saturday night. I still am in shock we traded Blake Griffin. New Clipper Tobias Harris will take part in the 3-point contest.
All Star Media Day is a first to the public. Tickets are $10 and fans can hear the players discuss the matchup, recent trades and other subjects.
Some two dozen players will participate. It takes place in the Convention Center’s South Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Rising Stars game, arranged in a U.S. vs. the world format, features players including Jaylen Brown, Joel Embiid, Donovan Mitchell and the Lakers’ own Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.
On Saturday, the All Stars wil hold an open practice to the public. It begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
My favorite event of the weekend is the All-Star Saturday Night festivities starting at 5 p.m. and features the skills challenge, a sort of NBA obstacle course. It is followed by the three-point shootout. Then comes the dunk contest, with players including Victor Oladipo and Dennis Smith Jr. throwing down their best slams.
The NBA Celebrity All-Star game is Friday at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN, also at the Convention Center. It will be Team Clippers vs. Team Lakers.
The A-list stars include actor Nick Cannon, boxer Terence Crawford and former NBA player Nate Robinson on Team Lakers, while Team Clippers’ roster includes actors Jamie Foxx and Anthony Anderson, plus Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. Unusual fact: also on Team Lakers is Marc Lasry, a co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Come be apart of the Basketball mecca at L.A. Live! I LOVE THIS GAME.