All Things All-Star
Here's the list of official NBA All-Star events happening in New Orleans from Friday Feb. 17 to Sunday Feb. 19. Things get rolling Friday morning with media appearances and the celebrity game takes place that night.
This will be the third time that New Orleans has hosted All-Star Weekend.
Starters: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the league-leading Golden State Warriors headline the list of 10 players selected by fans, NBA players and media to start in the NBA All-Star Game 2017. James and Durant finished as the top vote-getters at their respective positions among all three voting groups.
John Legend will be the half-time performer.
Tickets for the rising star game, celebrity game, all-star practice and all-star game can be found at this link > http://nbatickets.nba.com/
Friday, Feb. 17
All times Central (CST)
9:30 a.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice | NBA TV
11 a.m. | All-Star media availability | NBA TV
5:30 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | ESPN *Note new time, was originally scheduled for 6 p.m.
8 p.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge | TNT
Sad news, Kevin Hart will NOT be playing the in celebrity game.
Saturday, Feb. 18
10 a.m. | Hall of Fame Announcement
11 a.m. | NBA All-Star Practice | NBA TV
1:30 p.m. | NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire | NBA TV
6 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV
7 p.m. | State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT
Sunday, Feb. 19
11 a.m. | NBA Legends Brunch | NBA TV coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET
7:30 p.m. | 66th NBA All-Star Game | TNT
> Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 7 p.m. TNT (first event) #TacoBellSkills
Anthony Davis, NBA All-Star starter of the New Orleans Pelicans, and fellow All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics), and John Wall (Washington Wizards) will compete. NBA All-Star rookies Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphis 76ers) will also compete.
Two players compete on an identical course and the faster finisher moves on to the next round. Four winners advance to round two and the final two compete in round three.
> All-Star Three-Point Contest (follows first event), TNT
Two-round, timed competition where players have one minute (60 seconds) to shoot as many of the 25 balls as they can from five shooting locations around the three-point arc. Each ball is worth a certain amount of points. Three players with the most points advance to the championship round.
Defending champion Klay Thompson (Golden State) and 2013 winner Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) will compete along with Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Eric Gordon (Houston), Wesley Matthews (Dallas), CJ McCollum (Portland) and Nick Young (Los Angeles).
> Verizon Slam Dunk (follows second event), TNT
Two-round event where four participants perform any dunk they choose without time limits. Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6-10. Each player gets three tries to complete each dunk in the first and final round. The player with the highest combined score for his dunks in the final round is crowned champion.
Last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon (Orlando) and All-Star DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers) along with Derrick Jones Jr. (Phoenix) and Glenn Robinson III (Indiana) will compete.
If you're in need of food recommendations, there are PLENTY of spots around the Smoothie King Center to grab a bite. Here are a few favorites among the locals:
Of course, a trip to New Orleans wouldn't be complete without a po-boy or bowl of gumbo. Here's a list of a dozen places to snag a bowl of the city's best gumbos from our Unknown Food Critic, Napoleon Bon Appetit.
And because it's Carnival, king cake is also in season. You can pretty much find a slice or a whole cake around every corner of the city. This list of 30+ king cakes runs the gamut of styles and flavors.
**Remember: Do not eat the baby!**
It's Carnival Time in New Orleans
Carnival parades will be in full swing during NBA All-Star Weekend, in addition to the activities both in and around the Smoothie King Center.
FULL SCHEDULE: 2017 Mardi Gras Parades
If you're feeling really organized, here's our 2017 Mardi Gras Parade Tracker App so you can know exactly where the parade is at any given moment. You can even get updates on parade delays or changes.
Lil Wayne is hosting a party at Harrah's Casino's Masquerade night club sometime that weekend, althought it's not clear exactly when or what time that will happen.
Also, the Hot Boys are rumored to perform sometime over the weekend. Three of the four Hot Boys performed together back in 2008 following the NBA All-Star game which was held in New Orleans that year.
The All-Star Finale will feature 2Chainz, Allen Iverson, Kemba Walker, Bernice Burgos, DJ Clue and DJ Stevie J at the Republic NOLA on S. Peters Street. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-star-finale-w2-chainz-allen-iverson-kemba-walker-bernice-burgos-more-tickets-32126160210?aff=AllStarSite&afu=185693232912
Other Events Around Town
Nike Presents: “The Other Side of the Game" Live experiences at NBA All-Star Weekend
"In partnership with local artist Brandan “BMIKE” Odums, Nike Basketball will transform cultural hub “Studio Be” into the ultimate destination offering a series of interactive youth workshops, pro athlete appearances, must-see hoops competition and exclusive entertainment events."
There will be workshops at STUDIOBE with professional NBA athletes including Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant starting Thursday February 16. Folks must RSVP to attend.
The Kids Foot Locker on Canal Street aka House of Hoops will be open to consumers throughout the weekend. Guests can get a look at Nike’s signature footwear, including this year’s Black History Month collection.
NBA TNT Road Show in Champions Square
Fan Festivities Thursday-Sunday
The “NBA on TNT Road Show” will include a series of events for fans to enjoy – Thursday, Feb. 16, beginning at 4 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 17, from 4-10 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, from 2-7 p.m. The “Road Show” will also be open to the general public from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. Fans interested in attending can click here for additional information.
Inside the NBA Themed Activities
Fans can enjoy experiences inspired by the Inside the NBA studio team including professional deejays spinning at “DJ Diesel Academy,” a race to “Kenny the Jet’s Big Board,” picking out their favorite Ernie-inspired NBA on TNT bowties, and sample a treat at the “Chuck’s Wagon” food truck serving authentic New Orleans cuisine. Fans can also pick up Craig Sager-inspired SagerStrong microphones and Kevin Garnett Area 21-themed Mardi Gras beads.
On-Court Hoops Experience
Located at the heart of the activation, NBA fans can show off their hoop skills on the two “NBA on TNT Road Show” courts. Planned activities include special on-court contests, NBA legend visits, kids games, fan dunk contests and more.
Tissot :24 Challenge
Visitors to the “Road Show” can compete for prizes in a one-on-one format to answer the most NBA trivia questions in 24 seconds at the Tissot-themed kiosk.
NBA on TNT premium merchandise will be available at Area 21, a pop-up location modeled after Kevin Garnett’s new studio set. Fans can “Put that on a T-Shirt” with customizable graphics and select from a variety of talent-themed items including hats, hoodies and T-shirts.
Lip Sync Studio
A lip sync studio modeled after the Inside team’s own lip sync performances – “Lip Sync Studio” – will offer fans their own chance to step into the limelight.
State-Farm All-Star Assist Center
Making its debut in New Orleans, the State Farm All-Star Assist Center will display aggregated social activity surrounding NBA All-Star 2017 and the @AllStarAssist Twitter handle.
Additional “Road Show” Logistical Information
The “NBA on TNT Road Show” will be located at Champions Square. The Champion Square festival plaza is located on LaSalle Street, near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center. Admission will be open to the public and free of charge. For more information, including opportunities to attend the free concerts, fans can click here for additional information.
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