Leonard, Harden representing Texas in All-Star Game
The 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us. There are events going on all day, with the All-Star Celebrity Game tonight at 6 p.m. This matchup features stars from film, television, music, and sports, and the teams are coached by ESPN personalities Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. The Rising Stars Challenge follows at 8 p.m. and features the best young players from around the league, including the San Antonio Spurs’ Jonathan Simmons.
Saturday kicks off with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalists announcement at 10 a.m. Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace, and Chris Webber are expected to be in consideration for a finalist spot. From 4-5 p.m. is a fun event – the talent challenge. Eight NBA players will show off their skills off the court, from singing to ping pong. Saturday night (7 p.m.) is the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, featuring the NBA’s best shooters, high-flyers, and multi-faceted skill players. Then is the JBL Three-Point Contest, featuring the best 3-point shooters in the world. Finally, the Verizon Slam Dunk contest.
The main event of the weekend is, of course, the All-Star Game. Tipoff is at 7:20 p.m. Sunday and is always a fun game to watch. This year, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden will represent Texas (the Spurs and the Rockets, respectively) as starters in the All-Star Game.
All-Star Game roster
- West starters
- Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
- James Harden (Houston Rockets)
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
- Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
- East starters
- Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)