As the annual NBA All-Star Game celebrates its 60th anniversary, 2011 All-Star Weekend in L.A. features a lineup of superstars on par with the League’s best ever.
Celebrity Game, 4 p.m. PT, ESPN
Catch a crowd of basketball legends, entertainers, actors, musical artists and more battle it out on the hardwood. The star-studded teams feature Magic Johnson (NBA Legend and Hall of Famer), Justin Bieber (Grammy-Nominated Pop Artist), Scottie Pippen (NBA Legend and Hall of Famer), Bill Walton (Kings Special Basketball Analyst and Hall of Famer), A.C. Green (NBA Legend), B.J. Armstrong (NBA Legend), Chris Mullin (NBA Legend), Jalen Rose (NBA Legend), Jimmy Kimmel (Host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”), Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), Rob Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”), Zach Levi (“Chuck”), Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Common (Just Wright) and Bill Simmons (ESPN Columnist).
Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, 6 p.m. PT, TNT
The weekend’s NBA festivities will tip-off with a high-flying start on Friday night as the 2010 Rookie Class takes on the best second-year players in the Leauge. Although last year’s Rookie Challenge MVP Tyreke Evans (plantar fasciitis, left foot) will miss the contest, teammate DeMarcus Cousins will be represent Sacramento on the first-year squad.
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Rookies: Eric Bledsoe – 6.5 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.9 rpg (Clippers), DeMarcus Cousins – 13.9 ppg, 1.8 apg and 8.1 rpg (Kings), Derrick Favors – 6.3 ppg, 0.4 apg and 5.3 rpg (Nets), Landry Fields 10.0 ppg, 1.9 apg and 7.1 rpg (Knicks), Blake Griffin – 22.7 ppg, 3.5 apg and 8.9 rpg (Clippers), Wesley Johnson – 8.9 ppg, 2.0 apg and 2.8 rpg (T-Wolves), Greg Monroe – 7.3 ppg, 09 apg and 6.4 rpg (Pistons), Gary Neal – 8.7 ppg, 1.0 apg and 2.5 rpg (Spurs) and John Wall – 14.7 ppg, 9.1 apg and 4.2 rpg (Wizards).
Sophomores: DeJuan Blair – 8.6 ppg, 1.1 apg and 7.5 rpg (Spurs), DeMar DeRozan – 15.8 ppg, 1.8 apg and 3.7 rpg (Raptors), Stephen Curry – 18.8 ppg, 6.0 apg and 3.5 rpg (Warriors), James Harden – 10.3 ppg, 2.0 apg and 3.3 rpg (Thunder), Taj Gibson – 7.3 ppg, 0.7 apg and 5.8 rpg (Bulls), Jrue Holiday 13.7 ppg, 6.2 apg and 3.9 rpg (76ers), Serge Ibaka – 9.3 ppg, 0.3 apg and 6.9 rpg (Thunder), Brandon Jennings – 15.8 ppg, 5.0 apg and 3.7 rpg (Bucks) and Wesley Matthews – 16.4 ppg, 2.0 apg and 3.2 rpg (Blazers).
NBA All-Star Game at 60, 2 p.m. PT, TNT
To commemorate the six-decade run of the All-Star Game, TNT will air a special program offering a retrospective look at the game’s best moments.
Ultimate NBA All-Star Fantasy Draft, 3 p.m. PT, TNT
A new addition to All-Star programming, TNT Analysts — Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller, Kevin McHale and Steve Kerr — will choose their favorite All-Stars to form a fantasy basketball roster. Following the game, fans will be able to log-on to NBA.com and choose their favorite fantasy team with the results being announced after the game’s conclusion.
The Lost Dunks, 4 p.m. PT, TNT
Tune-in to take a look back at some of the dunk contest’s best slams — even if they ultimately didn’t lead to the trophy.
All-Star Saturday Night, 5:30 p.m. PT, TNT
Shooting Stars (1st Event)
This shooting competition will feature four teams — each featuring one current NBA player, one WNBA player and one NBA legend. To win, the teams must complete a variety of shots during one timed round.
Atlanta: Al Horford (Hawks), Coco Miller (Atlanta Dream) and Steve Smith (Hawks legend).
Chicago: Taj Gibson (Bulls), Cathrine Kraayveld (Chicago Sky) and Steve Kerr (Bulls legend).
Los Angeles: Pau Gasol (Lakers), Tina Thompson (L.A. Sparks) and Rick Fox (Lakers legend).
Texas: Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs), Roneeka Hodges (San Antonio Stars) and Kenny Smith (Rockets legend).
Fun Fact: Last year, Tyreke Evans, Nicole Powell and Chris Webber represented Sacramento.
Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
Chris Paul will face four players to be selected amongst Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Derek Fisher, Tony Paker, Derrick Rose, Baron Davis, John Wall and Russell Westbrook. The usual skills event includes an assortment of shooting, passing and dribbling through obstacles.
Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
The 3-Point Contest should be a memorable one as last year’s champion, Paul Pierce (39% 3-PT/FG), will square-off against teammate and the all-time leader in made beyond-the-arc shots Ray Allen (45% 3-pt/fg).
Scoring leader Kevin Durant (34% 3-pt/fg) along with James Jones (42% 3-pt/fg), Dorrell Wright (40% 3-pt/fg) and Daniel Gibson (44% 3-pt/fg) will also compete to keep Pierce from winning back-to-back long–range titles.
Fun Fact: Former Kings player Peja Stojakovic won consecutive 3-point contest titles in 2002 and 2003.
Slam Dunk Contest (4th Event)
Blake Griffin pits his jump-out-of-the-gym jams against dunk contest defending champ DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and JaVale McGee in Saturday night’s can’t-miss showdown.
In a new aspect of the contest, each competitor will be assigned a dunking advisor.
Pairings feature Kenny Smith and Griffin, Darryl Dawkins and DeRozan, Chris Webber and McGee and Kevin Durant and Ibaka
According to DraftExpress.com, DeRozan’s vertical is 38.5 inches, Griffin’s vertical is 35.5 inches and McGee’s vertical is 32.5 inches. Meanwhile, Ibaka’s leaping ability reportedly broke the 42-inch vertical threshold, which was the highest point measured at the Adidas Nations camp.
Visit NBA.com/dunk to see some of what this year’s participants have in-store.
Fun Fact: The last Kings player to compete in the Dunk Contest was Gerald Wallace.
All-Star Game, 5 p.m. PT, TNT
With the Eastern Conference boasting a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Amaré Stoudemire and Dwight Howard, one could argue an All-Star lineup hasn’t looked as potentially dominant since 1990’s Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing starting five.
Nevertheless, the West should not be counted out as its starting lineup features plenty of power with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and a player to be determined as the starter for Yao Ming (Kevin Love was added to the West’s roster by Commissioner David Stern).
West Coach: Gregg Popovich (Spurs)
West Players: Kevin Durant – 29.1 ppg, 2.8 apg and 7.0 rpg (Thunder), Carmelo Anthony, – 24.9 ppg, 2.8 apg and 7.6 rpg (Nuggets), Kobe Bryant – 25.3 ppg, 4.9 apg, 5.2 rpg (Lakers), Chris Paul – 16.5 ppg, 9.7 apg and 3.9 rpg (Hornets), Yao Ming – 10.2 ppg, 0.8 apg and 5.4 rpg (Rockets), Tim Duncan – 13.4 ppg, 2.9 apg and 9.2 rpg (Spurs), Manu Ginobili – 17.9 ppg, 4.9 apg and 3.8 rpg (Spurs), Pau Gasol – 18.6 ppg, 3.6 apg and 10.3 rpg (Lakers), Blake Griffin – 22.7 ppg, 3.5 apg and 12.7 rpg (Clippers), Kevin Love – 21.1 ppg, 2.5 apg and 10.7 rpg (Timberwolves), Dirk Nowitzki – 22.6 ppg, 2.5 apg and 6.8 rpg (Mavericks), Russell Westbrook – 22.5 ppg, 8.5 apg and 3.4 rpg (Thunder), Deron Williams – 21.6 ppg, 9.6 apg and 3.8 rpg (Jazz).
East Coach: Doc Rivers (Celtics)
East Players: LeBron James – 26.1 ppg, 7.3 apg and 7.3 rpg (Heat), Amaré Stoudemire – 26.2 ppg, 2.7 apg and 8.6 rpg (Knicks), Dwayne Wade – 25.0 ppg, 4.4 apg and 6.8 rpg (Heat), Derrick Rose – 24.7 ppg, 8.1 apg and 4.4 rpg (Bulls), Dwight Howard – 22.6 ppg, 1.2 apg and 13.9 rpg (Magic), Ray Allen – 17.4 ppg, 2.9 apg and 3.6 rpg (Celtics), Chris Bosh – 18.3 ppg, 1.8 apg and 8.1 rpg (Heat), Kevin Garnett – 14.9 ppg, 2.4 apg and 9.0 rpg (Celtics), Al Horford – 14.9 ppg, 2.4 apg and 9.0 rpg (Hawks), Joe Johnson – 19.8 ppg, 5.4 apg and 4.1 rpg (Hawks), Paul Pierce – 18.6 ppg, 3.3 apg and 5.0 rpg (Celtics), Rajon Rondo – 11.0 ppg, 12.3 apg and 4.4 rpg (Celtics).
Fun Fact: Former Kings All-Star Mitch Richmond earned the All-Star Game MVP in Phoenix in 1996.
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