NBA All-Star Weekend Format: Complete Breakdown of This Week's Events

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

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The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is nearly upon us and with it brings an incredibly busy weekend.

This year's festivities will take place in Houston and will include everything from the annual celebrity game to the slam dunk competition to the All-Star Game.

With so many activities set to take place, keeping track of them and who's participating in them can become confusing and a bit tedious. It's a necessary task, though, if you wish to enjoy the awesomeness that is All-Star Weekend.

Plus, the celebrations become so much easier to follow and embrace when you have the luxury of a full-fledged breakdown.

What: 2013 Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game

Time: Friday, February 15, 7 p.m. ET

Where: Sprint Arena at George R. Brown Convention Center


Coaches: East, James Harden; West, Russell Westbrook

Assistant Coaches: Queen Latifah and Samantha Harris

Participants: Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Nick Cannon, Josh Hutcherson, Trey Songz, Usain Bolt, Arne Duncan, Terrence Jenkins, Common, John Schriffen, Ryen Russillo, Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Sean Elliot, Bruce Bowen, Tamika Catchings and Maya Moore

Actor Kevin Hart won the MVP of the 2012 Celebrity All-Star Game and will look to defend his title as the East goes for a third straight victory.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is no stranger to this competition either, and is fresh off a 2012 performance in which he scored 17 points and grabced eight rebounds.

Looking at the reported rosters, there's really only one question for us to ask: Will we get to see Dikembe Mutombo block Hart?

What: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

Time: Friday, February 15, 9 p.m. ET

Where: Toyota Center



Team Shaq: Damian Lillard (Blazers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Andrew Nicholson (Magic; replacing Andre Drummond), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Chandler Parsons (Rockets), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers) and Kemba Walker (Bobcats).

Team Chuck: Anthony Davis (Hornets), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (Kings) and Alexey Shved (Timberwolves).

Now two years removed from the conventional rookie and sophomore challenge, Shaquille O'Neal will look to avenge the loss he suffered at the hands of Charles Barkley in 2012.

Last season, Kyrie Irving led Team Chuck to a 146-133 victory over Team Shaq, but he will be suiting up for the opposing faction this time around.

Will Irving be able to lead Shaq's crew of explosive scorers to a win, or will Barkley emerge victorious yet again?

Stay tuned.

What: 2013 Sears Shooting Stars Challenge

Time: Saturday, February 16, 8:30 p.m. (first event)

Where: Toyota Center


Eastern Conference

Team Bosh: Chris Bosh (Heat), Dominique Wilkins (NBA) and Swin Cash (WNBA)

Team Lopez: Brook Lopez (Nets), Muggsy Bogues (NBA) and Tamika Catchings (WNBA)

Western Conference

Team Harden: James Harden (Rockets), Sam Cassell (NBA) and Tina Thompson (WNBA)

Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Robert Horry (NBA) and Maya Moore (WNBA)

Roster formats for the Shooting Stars event remains the same. Teams are made up of one current NBA player, a former NBA player and one current WNBA player.

On the court, there are six different shooting locations, numbered in order of increasing difficulty. Teams will attempt to make shots from all locations in the fastest time possible. A rotation of shooters must be set before time begins and one player cannot attempt his or her shot until his or her teammate has made it.

On the sixth and final shot, which comes from inside the half-court mark, every member of each team must make it. The fastest team from either conference will advance to the championship round, where the winners will compete for the crown.

Last year's competition saw Allan Houston, Landry Fields and Cappie Pondexter bring home the victory for Team New York. This season's event features a slightly altered format, pitting conference against conference, but the end-goal remains the same.

Which conference has the edge, and which of the four teams will be the victor of this year's shooting stars spoils?

We'll know soon enough.

What: 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Time: Saturday, February 16, 8:30 p.m. ET (second event)

Where: Toyota Center


Eastern Conference: Jrue Holiday (76ers), Brandon Knight (Pistons) and Jeff Teague (Hawks)

Western Conference: Tony Parker (Spurs), Damian Lillard (Blazers) and Jeremy Lin (Rockets)

Tony Parker will look to defend his title as he goes up against an onslaught of young guns.

There hasn't been a repeat winner since Dwyane Wade won the challenge in both 2006 and 2007, a streak Parker will look to end.

Facing a slew of crafty ball-handlers, however, Parker is going to have his work cut out for him. Incisive passers like Jrue Holiday and Damian Lillard should excel under these circumstances, and the precise stylings of Brandon Knight and Jeff Teague are something to keep an eye on as well.

With Jeremy Lin also looking to earn some recognition after not being voted into the All-Star Game itself, this is definitely one of the most compelling events to watch.

What: 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

Time: Saturday, February 16, 8:30 p.m. ET (third event)

Where: Toyota Center


Eastern Conference: Paul George (Pacers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) and Steve Novak (Knicks)

Western Conference: Ryan Anderson (Hornets), Matt Bonner (Spurs) and Stephen Curry (Warriors)

After winning the competition in 2012, Kevin Love's hand injury will prevent him from defending his crown, leaving the door open for six other sharpshooters.

Stephen Curry boasts the highest deep-ball clip (44.8 percent) of any of the participants, but will that necessarily translate into dominance?

These streaky shooters are all knocking down three-pointers at an alarming rate, and with the clock continuously winding down, it will be interesting to see who remains composed.

What: 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition

Time: Saturday, February 16, 8:30 p.m. ET (fourth event)

Where: Toyota Center


Eastern Conference: Gerald Green (Pacers), Terrence Ross (Raptors) and James White (Knicks)

Western Conference: Eric Bledsoe (Clippers), Jeremy Evans (Jazz) and Kenneth Faried (Nuggets)

Another year, another dunk contest that doesn't feature LeBron James. Still, this one should be fun.

Jeremy Evans will look to defend his throne after winning in 2012 and he, along with the rest of the contestants, will attempt to reverse the "lackluster" narrative that has plagued the contest since last season.

All of the participants are known athletic freaks and some of the best dunkers the game has to offer.

Will Evans win his second straight contest or will one of the others steal his thunder with thunderous slams of his own? And can we expect a more entertaining display than last time?

It doesn't look like any of the six players plans to jump over a car, but we should hopefully be in for a great battle.

What: 2013 NBA All-Star Game Presented by Kia

Time: Sunday, February 17, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Toyota Center


Eastern Conference Roster

Starters: Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Kevin Garnett (Celtics), LeBron James (Heat), Rajon Rondo (Injured) and Dwyane Wade (Heat)

Reserves: Chris Bosh (Heat), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Luol Deng (Bulls), Paul George (Pacers), Jrue Holiday (76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Brook Lopez (Nets) and Joakim Noah (Bulls)

Coach: Erik Spoelstra (Heat)

Western Conference Roster

Starters: Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Lakers) and Chris Paul (Clippers)

Reserves: LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers), Tim Duncan (Spurs), James Harden (Rockets), David Lee (Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

Coach: Gregg Popovich (Spurs)

The Western Conference will be looking for its third straight victory in what will be the 62nd NBA All-Star Game.

With Rajon Rondo out, Erik Spoelstra must name a fifth starter (Chris Bosh?) to take his place, otherwise the parameters of this one are set.

Last year, the West appeared on its way to a blowout before LeBron James led a charge that gave the East a chance to tie or take the lead in the waning moments. He infamously passed to Deron Williams for a potential go-ahead three, which Williams missed, spurring even more of a debate regarding James' ability in the clutch.

But that's neither here nor there. As per usual, we can expect yet another high-scoring affair, filled with point-totaling dunks and nonexistent defensive sets.

And if Dwyane Wade finds himself guarding Kobe Bryant extensively, perhaps we should expect another broken nose as well.


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