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NBA All-Star weekend: everything you need to know

The All-Star weekend begins this Friday, February 18 with a full weekend of events, including the All-Star Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge.


The NBA All-Star weekend is about more than just the All-Star game. The whole weekend is full of events to keep you busy in Cleveland, Ohio.

All-Star Celebrity Game

The weekend begins on Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m. ET with the NBA All-Star Celebrity game. This game features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and other famous athletes. This year’s game will be coached by two former NBA players, Dominique Wilkins and Bill Walton. You won’t want to miss seeing the celebrities on each team face off at Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

Team Walton:
Jimmie Allen (singer, songwriter)

Brittney Elena (host, actress, athlete and model)

Machine Gun Kelly (singer, songwriter)

Dearica Hamby (Las Vegas Aces forward)

Noah Carlock (Fanatics All-In Challenge Winner)

Nyjah Huston (Olympian, professional skateboarder)

Matt James (ABC’s The Bachelor)

Quavo (rapper, recording artist)

Ranveer Singh (actor)

Alex Toussaint (Peloton instructor)

Team Nique:
Anuel AA (rapper)

Mayor Justin Bibb (Mayor of Cleveland)
Kane Brown (singer, songwriter)

Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns defensive end)

Booby Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers legend)

Tiffany Haddish (comedian, actress and author)

Jack Harlow (rapper, recording artist)

Crissa Jackson (Harlem Globetrotters player)

Anjali Ranadivé (singer, songwriter)

Gianmarco Tamberi (Olympic high jump champion)

Rising Stars Challenge

Later in the evening on Friday, we’ve got the Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. ET. In this game, we will get to see the first and second-year NBA players and G League Ignite players selected by the NBA assistant coaches. This year, the format is a little different than previous years. There are 28 players selected, 12 rookies and 12 sophomores plus four NBA G League Ignite players who are then drafted into four teams of seven. It is a tournament with a scoring goal for each round. This year’s players were selected by the 75th Anniversary Team Members and Rising Star coaches Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isaiah Thomas, and James Worthy.

The rosters and bracket are as follows:

Team Barry:
Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers

Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets

Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets

Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic

Team Isaiah:
Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors

Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies

Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings

Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite

Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons

Team Payton:
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets

Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls

Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers

Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite

Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves

Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings

Team Worthy:
Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic

MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite

Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder

Jalen Green, Houston Rockets

Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans

Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers

Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic

Tournament Bracket:
Game 1: Team A vs. Team B
Game 2: Team C vs. Team D
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

All-Star Practice

On Saturday, February 19, the day kicks off early at 11 a.m. ET with the NBA All-Star Practice. This is a behind the scenes look at the 24 star NBA players practicing ahead of Sunday’s game and a chance to see interviews by press from around the world. It will be held at the Wolstein Centre in Cleveland.

NBA x HBCU Classic

The fun continues Saturday with the NBA x HBCU Classic at 2 p.m. ET. This game features a matchup between the men’s basketball teams at Howard University and Morgan State University. It is a chance for the schools to get exposure as well as generous donations that go towards student athletes.

Variety of Challenges

At 8 p.m. ET on Saturday evening, a round of challenges will begin, starting with the Skills Challenge, then the 3-Point Contest, and ending with the AT&T Slam Dunk. For more information on these events and to see who is participating, check out AS USA writer Gidget Alikpala’s list of teams and details.

NBA Legends Award

On Sunday, February 20, the day starts off at 12 p.m. ET with the NBA Legends Awards for the crowning of the champions of the prior events.

NBA G League Next Gen Game

Sunday continues with the G League Ignite vs Cleveland Charge game at 2 p.m. ET at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

The NBA All-Star Game

And finally, the weekend concludes with the biggest event of them all. The NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. For more information on the event and how the coaches, captains, and players were selected, check out this article.

Team Lebron:

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Stephen Curry, Warriors
DeMar DeRozan, Bulls
LeBron James, Lakers
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

Jimmy Butler, Heat
Luka Doncic, Mavericks
Darius Garland, Cavaliers
Jarrett Allen, 76ers
Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Chris Paul, Suns
Fred VanVleet, Raptors

Team Durant:

Joel Embiid, 76ers
Ja Morant, Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum, Celtics
Andrew Wiggins, Warriors
Trae Young, Hawks

Lamelo Ball, Hornets
Devin Booker, Suns
Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Zach Lavine, Bulls
Khris Middleton, Bucks
Dejounte Murray, Spurs
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves


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