NBA All Star Weekend 2013: Dates, Event Schedule and Preview

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2013

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The NBA will take it's annual four-day midseason break from its rugged 82-game schedule this February to honor its All-Stars in Houston, the site of 2013's All-Star Weekend entertainment.

The action will kickoff Friday night in Clutch City with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge. Saturday's Day 2 fun will be highlighted by several All-Star events, including the Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest.

Finally, the fireworks conclude on Sunday night with the 62nd annual All-Star Game, pitting the best of the best against one another as East meets West.

Below is everything you need to know for this weekend's much-anticipated All-Star celebration.

*All information courtesy of

Celebrity Game

When: Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Sprint Arena at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston

Watch: ESPN

The 2013 All-Star Weekend festivities will tip off Friday night with the annual Celebrity Game. This year's entertainment will include Hollywood funnyman Kevin Hart (last year's MVP) and the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. NBA legends Dikembe Mutombo and Clyde Drexler are also set to make an appearance. 

As is usually the case, viewers can look forward to plenty of laughs when the celebrities hit the hardwood.

Rising Stars Challenge

When: Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Toyota Center in Houston

Watch: TNT

After the Celebrity Game concludes, NBA fans can switch over to TNT to catch Friday night's Rising Stars Game, which will pit some of the league's top up-and-comers against one another with former NBAers Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley coaching each team.

Team Shaq looks to be the early favorite in this matchup, and boasts stellar talents in Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Chandler Parsons, Meanwhile, Team Chuck will feature studs like Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried and Ricky Rubio.

Rosters (in order of selection)

Team Shaq

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers 

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets

Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats

Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats

*Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Team Chuck

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets

Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings

Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves

*scratched due to injury

All-Star Saturday Night

When: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Toyota Center in Houston

Watch: TNT

Although most will be tuning in to see the Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest later in the evening, Saturday's night All-Star festivities never fail to entertain.

The action will begin around 8:30 p.m. ET with the Shooting Stars competition. Four teams consisting of three players each (an NBA player, a WNBA player and an NBA legend) will compete against one another in a shooting competition that includes shots from various spots on the floor including half court.

The Skills Challenge will follow. This event will feature six of the league's top points guards in Jrue Holiday, Brandon Knight, Jeff Teague, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and Jeremy Lin dribbling, passing and shooting their way through an obstacle course. 

Later, the NBA's top sharpshooters will square off in the Three-Point Shootout. Representing the East are Paul George, Kyrie Irving and Steve Novak. For the West, Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner and Stephen Curry. Novak and Curry look to be the two favorites, as each have attempted more than two-hundred 3-pointers and are knocking down more than 44 percent of their outside shots this season.

Finally, the night will come to an end with the Slam Dunk Contest, which will feature six competitors this year, three from each conference. Gerald Green, Terrance Ross and James White will throw down for the East, while Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried and reigning champ Jeremy Evans will suit up for the West.

All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Toyota Center in Houston

Watch: TNT

All-Star Weekend 2013 will conclude on Sunday night with the much-anticipated 62nd annual All-Star Game, pitting the East's best against the West's best. 

The Eastern Conference roster will include superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett among others. Meanwhile the West's starting five will likely consist of Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.

Miami's Erik Spoelstra and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich will coach the East and West respectively.

Keep in mind that the East leads the West in the all-time series, 36-25.


Eastern Conference All-Stars

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks

Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Western Conference All-Stars

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

David Lee, Golden State Warriors

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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