All-Star Break will be starting February 17 and ends the 19th. This will be a great opportunity for players to showcase their talent, whether it is the skills challenge, three point contest, dunk contest, or the actual All-Star Game itself. For others, it is a time to be with their families if they didn’t make the All-Star team. Regardless what the players of the NBA will be doing, the NBA, its players, coaches, and especially fans are in for a fun weekend that should show the state of the NBA and its future.
Starting with Friday, there will be the NBA All-Star celebrity game, followed by the Rising Stars Challenge, which will feature rookies vs sophomores. NBA fans should be very excited for the celebrity game, as “White Chocolate” Jason Williams returns to action to put celebrities on skates. Williams will be joined by actor and musician Nick Cannon and social media star Brandon Armstrong, among others. His team will be coached by ESPN host Jemele Hill, Toronto Raptors superstar Kyle Lowry, and recording artist Fat Joe.
The other team will feature former Golden State Warrior great, Baron Davis. Davis will have Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban, to go along with actor Anthony Mackie, among others. The coaches feature ESPN host Michael Smith, Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green, and television personality Rocsi Diaz.
As for the Rising Star game, this part of the All-Star weekend should be very important for the NBA, as the future will be showing what’s to come. Not only will it be rookies vs sophomores, but Team USA vs Team World as well. Among the USA young stars will be Brandon Ingram, Jahlil Okafor, and Karl-Anthony Towns, while the World team will feature Buddy Hield, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jamal Murray.
Saturday will then feature the NBA All-Star night, which will start with the skills challenge, followed by the three-point contest and dunk contest. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are probable favorites for the big men, while Isaiah Thomas and John Wall should be probables for the “smalls.”
As for the three point contest, Stephen Curry will not be competing, but fellow Splash Brother and favorite to win for consecutive years, Klay Thompson, will be competing. Thompson will defend his title against Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, CJ McCollum, Nick Young, Wesley Matthews, and Kemba Walker.
The dunk contest will will not feature the defending champ and one of the greatest to ever do it in Zach LaVine due to an unfortunate torn ACL, but it will still bring one of the best ones in Aaron Gordon, who will be a probable to win, but late addition DeAndre Jordan will surely have something to say about that.
These great events will lead to the All-Star Game on Sunday, February 19 and although there isn’t much defense and the players don’t take it that seriously, it should be a great environment in New Orleans and it will present matchups that fans should be very excited about.
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