The halfway mark of the regular season is here, and the NBA All Star Weekend is just around the corner. A treat for both fans and players, the All Star Weekend’s line-up gives everyone a much needed break from the usual grind. This year’s line-up of events at New Orleans promises to be as star-studded as ever.
Stories To Watch Out For
For NBA All Star Weekend’s Saturday night, the story will be on whether Aaron Gordon will be able to claim the Slam Dunk contest trophy. The Magic guard came so close to that victory last year, but lost it to Zach LaVine by the skin of his teeth. LaVine opted not to defend his crown this year; he is already injured. That means Gordon will have to face only Derrick Jones Jr., Glen Robinson III, and DeAndre Jordan for the dunking showcase.
The 3-point shootout is also worth watching because the last year’s champion, Klay Thompson, is defending his title. He’ll aim to be the first back-to-back 3-point king since Jason Kapono in 2007-08. The catch? Kyle Lowry is joining the fray as well, and he’s shooting just like Thompson from beyond the arc this season (41.8%). Another former 3-point champion, Kyrie Irving, will be playing as well.
Then, of course, NBA All Star Weekend isn’t complete without the All-Star game. Can the East pull out a win in a decade dominated by the West? Will Coach Brad Stevens try making low-key pitches to recruit Jimmy Butler to Boston? Will Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook be able to co-exist?
TV Schedule And Where to Watch
Here’s the TV schedule to catch the NBA All Star Weekend events:
Friday, Feb. 17 (All times are Pacific Time)
7:30 AM: BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice (NBA TV)
9:00 AM: All-Star Media Availability (NBA TV)
4:00 PM: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN)
4:00 PM: BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge (TNT)
Saturday, Feb. 18 (All times are Pacific Time)
8:00 AM: Hall of Fame Announcement
9:00 AM: NBA All-Star Practice (NBA TV)
11:30 AM: NBA D-League All-Star Game (NBA TV)
4:00 PM: Commissioner Adam Silver media availability (NBA TV)
5:00 PM: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)
- Taco Bell Skills Challenge
- JBL Three-Point Contest
- Verizon Slam Dunk Contest
Sunday, Feb. 19 (All times are Pacific Time)
8:00 AM: NBA Legends Brunch (NBA TV – coverage begins 10:00 AM)
5:00 PM: NBA All-Star Game
Where To Watch Online
Fans who want to catch the main festivities online can get their ticket through NBA League Pass. With an NBA League Pass, fans can watch the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA All-Star Game.
Purchase your online pass for $2.99 here for the whole package.