There may not be any Olympic games going on right now, but fans will still be treated to a couple of Dream Teams on the court at the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Kicking off Friday, February 17, fans will get the chance to see their favorite (and least favorite) superstars take to the court to test their skills and talents. But what many casual NBA fans still don’t realize is that the weekend offers much more than just the All-Star Game.
Check out this year’s schedule.
Friday, February 17
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (7:00 P.M.): Everyone loves the All-Star Celebrity Game featuring retired NBA legends, WNBA players, famous athletes from other sports, and actors and musicians. You can’t tell us with a straight face that you don’t enjoy Kevin Hart’s on-court antics every year.
Rising Stars Challenge (9:00 P.M.): Sure, Stephen Curry and LeBron James get most of the attention, but what about the young up-and-comers? The Rising Stars Challenge features NBA rookies and sophomores going toe-to-toe in a game. Two celebrity head coaches will draft teams and give fans a peek at the NBA stars of tomorrow.
Saturday, February 18
All-Star Saturday Night (8:00 P.M.)
Skills Challenge: Players compete head-to-head in the ultimate timed obstacle course that tests dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Luckily, this was not a mandatory test for us mortals in gym class.
Three-Point Contest: The NBA’s most dangerous long-range bombers fight to see who is the most accurate from downtown. Players will take five shot attempts from five separate spots along the three-point line. Each made bucket is worth one point with the money ball, the last ball in each rack, worth two points. Contestants have one minute to nail as many shots as they can. The deadliest sharpshooter is the last man standing.
Slam Dunk Contest: From Vince Carter’s complete destruction of the rim to Dwight Howard’s playful antics, the Slam Dunk Contest has provided some iconic moments over the years. Will the 2017 Dunk Contest live up to the lofty expectations? Keep your fingers crossed.
Sunday, February 19
66th NBA All-Star Game (8:00 P.M.): The main attraction! This year’s NBA All-Star Game will feature two star-studded squads going head-to-head. Unlike the NFL Pro Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game is always a great source of entertainment thanks to the fireworks on offense.