The 2019 NBA All-Star weekend has arrived, and it promises to be the best one yet with plenty of entertainment. The weekend is jammed packed starting the Friday with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge.
Saturday has most fans excited with the Skills Challenge. Three-point Contest and Dunk Contest. This is all working its way up to the main event which is the All-Star Game that is sure to be a fascinating one with incredible line-ups. The weekend’s festivities will take place in Charlotte and is an occasion that can’t be missed.
The weekend kicks off with the celebrity game and it will feature a twist. The home team will have a roster whose players will have roots in North Carolina. The home team will also be coached by three-time Olympic champion, hall-of-fame inductee, Dawn Staley. The away team will be coached by the Seattle Storm star Sue Bird. Just like last year to make the game more interesting they have reintroduced the four-point line.
The home side roster will consist of Mike Colter, Chris Daughtry, Terrence J, Famous Los, Dr. Oz, Rapsody, Bo Rinehart, JB Smoove, Steve Smith, A’ja Wilson, Jay Williams and Jason Weinmann. The away team roster is just as good with the likes of Ronnie 2K, Ray Allen, Aj Buckley, Bad Bunny, Stefanie Dolson, Marc Lasry, Hasan Minhaj, Quavo, Adam Ray, Brad Williams, Amanda Seales and James Shaw Jr. both sides have rosters packed with celebrities that will make for great entertainment.
Rising Stars Challenge
Every year the Rising Stars Challenge makes for an incredible watch. It’s a time for the young stars in the NBA who have been overlooked, to shine the light on them and to gain some recognition again. The challenge brings 10 first- and second-year NBA players from both the United States and from the rest of the world. Both Team US and Team World look impressive and have some exhilarating talent.
The roster for Team US is Jarret Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball, John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Trae Young. Team World won’t be a pushover with the likes of OG Anunoby, Deandre Ayton, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeou-Alexaner, Rodions Kurucs, Josh Okogie, Lauri Markkanen, Cedi Osman and Ben Simmons.
Three Point Contest
The three-point contest always makes for an exciting event. This year will surely be no different as there will even be a sibling rivalry. That’s right, Steph Curry returns to the contest and will fight it out against his brother Seth. We all know that Steph is an absolute machine in terms of three pointers and will be hard to beat; but with the likes of Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard there, it will be a tough one to call.
Through the years we have seen some new and inventive dunks that have blown our minds. This year won’t be any different with Dennis Smith Jr taking part again and if anyone has watched this kid dunk before know they are in for a treat. We can all look forward to seeing something new.
Team Lebron vs Team Giannis
The weekend will end off with the most exciting event of the weekend and that’s the All-Star game that features our favourite NBA superstars. Team Lebron is extremely strong and has Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal and Dwayne Wade. Team Giannis has Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzki. There has been a buzz surrounding the selections of the teams, Giannis has supposedly chosen his friends while Lebron has chosen future potential targets for the Lakers.
This weekend is jammed pack and will be extremely exciting. This weekend may be the best part of the NBA season besides the playoffs or even winning the title. This is a weekend that cannot be missed with the amount of action happening and should keep you glued to your tv all weekend.