Everything You Can’t Miss During NBA All-Star Weekend

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    The New Guys Showcasing Signature Sneakers

    The All-Star Game is a time when players try to show out and bring out their best kicks on the court. What makes this year different is that there is a bunch of new guys who actually have their own signature sneakers now. Steph Curry will unleash his Under Armour debut, the Curry One, John Wall will shell out his J Wall 1 by adidas, and Kyrie Irving will be rocking his Nike signature Kyrie 1.

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    The Veterans Too

    Then of course you can’t forget about guys like LeBron, KD, ‘Melo, CP3, and Kobe (though he won’t play), who will all be rocking and releasing their All-Star PEs just in time for the game.

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  • Dunk Contest

    To be honest last year’s dunk contest just wasn’t right. Everything was out of order and was just straight-up confusing. This year the old format is back and while the participants have shrunk to only four, there is some hope in this year’s contest, one being the appearance of Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine. LaVine is already considered one of the best high-flyers in the league and there is a lot of anticipation on what he has up his sleeve. Rounding out the contest is NBA fan favorite and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.

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  • USA vs. the World Game

    The league introduced a new format to the Rising Stars Challenge that will include rookie and sophomore players split into teams from the United States and around the world. It is a great opportunity for the NBA to showcase how global the game of basketball has become over the years. The World team is led by Timberwolves phenom Andrew Wiggins while the Americans will be led by a combination of players that have showed some promise.

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  • Three-Point Contest

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, J.J. Redick, and Wesley Matthews in the same three-point contest? Count me in to watch this matchup. This isn’t just a group of the best shooters in the league, this is a group who are the best shooters in the world. Kyle Korver is arguably having one of the best shooting seasons ever. The Splash Brothers are the Splash Brothers…enough said. J.J. Redick been dropping bombs since his Duke days and despite probably being the odd man out, Wesley Matthews leads the league in 3-pointers made. The NBA got it right on this year’s field.

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    Celebs

    All-Star Weekend is one of the few occasions where everyone from the entertainment realm links up in one city with some of the biggest athletes in the world. The NBA has always done a great job with blending entertainment’s finest with the game. Pretty sure we will see Kevin Hart running around the Celebrity Game acting crazy. Pop princess Ariana Grande gets the nod to perform during halftime.

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    Style

    Fashion week or All-Star Weekend? There might not be a difference. Players are definitely going to be making some huge fashion choices that will either be respected or ridiculed. Make sure to check out who becomes this year’s fashion king.

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  • TNT crew

    There might not be another group of sports analysts better than the NBA on TNT guys. Charles Barkley, Shaq, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson all play a huge part in what makes All-Star Weekend a special event to watch year end and year out.

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  • New York City

    As mentioned before, basketball on Broadway is truly a unique experience. The city is going to be jam packed with events and even more tourists. There are not too many cities that can bring that much excitement centered around one game.

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  • Madison Square Garden

    The most important event of the weekend — the actual All-Star Game — is definitely going to be worth watching. Let’s just hope that since the game is at the Garden this year, players are going to pull out all of their best stunts on the court. That’s because the last time it was held here, the game turned out to be an all-time classic.

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  • Zach LaVine dunk contest
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Kyle Korver three point shootout
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  • Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant

The last time the NBA All-Star Game was in New York City, a young Kobe Bryant squared off against Michael Jordan on the Madison Square Garden floor. I was only five years old at the time and with the game returning back to the city for the first time in 17 years, it brings back pure nostalgia. I remember the awesome montage by the NBA on NBC crew, hosted by Bob Costas with Ahmad Rashad. Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill suited up alongside MJ to take on a stacked West squad that featured Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, David Robinson, and Karl Malone.

While there was no shortage of talent playing in the game, the focus was on the matchup of MJ and Kobe. Being dubbed the next MJ and one of the rising fresh faces of the league, Kobe didn’t lack any confidence as he put on an impressive All-Star Game debut. But at the end it was Mike who let the world know he wasn’t giving up his throne yet, finishing with the game MVP.

Fast forward to 2015. Despite the fact that Kobe won’t play (torn rotator cuff) it is crazy to see how things come full circle with the Mamba almost on his way out. There are a bunch of guys like James Harden and Klay Thompson who are trying to make a name for themselves and take his spot.

There is something special about the atmosphere in NYC, playing under the lights in Madison Square Garden. With the festivities beginning at the Barclays Center and then heading across the pond to the Garden, there is going to be a little bit of something for every NBA fan. Here is Everything You Can’t Miss During NBA All-Star Weekend. You don’t want to miss it.

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