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Which player and coach has the most NBA All-Star appearances?

LeBron James can match two All-Star records at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse but for now, the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still rules the roost.

Which player and coach has the most NBA All-Star appearances?

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on 20 February with the league’s finest set to hold court at the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James, who can equal two All-Star records on the day, will captain the Western Conference with Kevin Durant his counterpart for the Eastern in a rematch of last year’s contest at State Farm Arena, which Team LeBron won 170-150.

LeBron on Kareem's heels

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for the most All-Star selections in NBA history with 19, the Bucks and Lakers legend also playing the most games in All-Star history with 18. Between 1970 and 1989, Abdul-Jabbar missed just one All-Star game, in 1973. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have each been selected 18 times with the latter missing three of the games he was selected for, in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

Lakers star James holds the record for most starts in the All-Star Game with 17. Assuming James is fit to play on 20 February, he will tie Abdul-Jabbar on 18 All-Star Game appearances in total.

The 2022 All-Star Game will the 71st in NBA history. The first All-Star game took place at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. Since then, the event has taken place every year except 1999, when it was cancelled amid the NBA Lockout. In total, 443 players have been selected to the All-Star in NBA history, but only 302 have been selected more than once.

Behind Abdul-Jabbar, James and Bryant are three players with 15 selections: Tim Duncan (1998; 2000–2011; 2013; 2015), Kevin Garnett (1997–1998; 2000–2011; 2013), and Shaquille O'Neal (1993–1998; 2000–2007; 2009).

Michael Jordan was selected 14 times (1985–1993; 1996–1998; 2002–2003) but missed the 1986 game, while Karl Malone (1988–1998; 2000–2002) Dirk Nowitzki (2002–2012; 2014–2015; 2019) and Jerry West (1961–1974) all have 14 All-Star selections to their name.

All-Star MVPs

Winning the MVP nomination in 1956, 1958 (co-MVP) 1959 and 1962, former Milwaukee Hawks player Bob Pettit held the four-MVP record solo for 49 years. However, his record was later matched by Kobe Bryant, who scooped the MVP award in 2002, 2007, 2009 (co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal) and 2011. This year, LeBron will have the opportunity to add his name to the list of All-Star MVP four-peaters at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

All-Star coaching records

Red Auerbach, the legendary Boston Celtics head coach between 1950-1966, stands head and shoulders above his peers in terms of All-Star Games with the cigar-smoking tactician taking charge of an All-Star team a record 11 times from 1957-1967.

Pat Riley, coach of the Lakers between 1981 and 1990 and now president of the Miami Heat, is second on the list with eight All-Star Games (1982-83 and 1985-1990) while Lenny Wilkens, Tom Heinsohn, John Kundla and Phil Jackson have all coached four times each.


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