With the participants of the Feb. 16 All-Star Weekend set to be announced Thursday night, DVRs were set, schedules were emptied and prior plans were broken.
No, the superstar presence won't be making a dramatic return to the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. But the collection of marksmen and high-flyers secured by the league left fans and analysts alike salivating over the possibilities.
For the first time in All-Star history, the events will be made up by two teams, one representing each conference (captained by Dwyane Wade for the Eastern Conference and Chris Paul for the Western Conference).
More than just bragging rights are on the line, as a hefty charitable donation will be made on behalf of the winning team. (And a slightly less hefty contribution will be made on behalf of the losing squad.)
As always, the NBA didn't escape the night without a few glaring omissions. With just six spots available for each event, it's impossible for the league not to leave some deserving players out of the mix.
There will undoubtedly be further snubs and surprises to be argued beyond the players listed here, but these emerged as some of the most striking observations.
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Participants
Eastern Conference: Gerald Green (Indiana Pacers), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors), James White (New York Knicks)
Western Conference: Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers), Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Roster
Eastern Conference: Steve Novak (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Western Conference: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Matt Bonner (San Antonio Spurs), Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Hornets)