After millions of fans picked Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James to headline the NBA’s prime talent showcase, the league will hold the 65th annual All-Star Game from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Bryant, who intends to retire at the conclusion of this season, blew away every other player in voting. The Lakers legend finished with more than 1.8 million fan votes, followed 2014-2015 MVP Curry (1.6 million), and James (1.1 million), who won MVP awards for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.
Marking the first time the Eastern and Western Conferences will collide outside of the U.S., Bryant and Curry lead the West’s starting lineup, which also includes Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook, and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
That group will contend with James, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.
Reserves for both squad are still undecided, but the NBA’s 30 head coaches will each make their selections of two guards, three forwards, and two wild cards. No coach is allowed to vote for his own player, and the picks will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 28.
The West took down the East 163-158 last year, claiming their fourth victory in the last five matchups behind game-MVP Westbrook’s 41 points and 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range.
Tickets for the even are available on the secondary market, but would-be buyers will have to pay above face value. According to StubHub, passes for the game begin at $798 for a FanZone spot and reach as high as $10,000 for an executive suite.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Air Canada Centre in Toronto
When: 8 p.m. ET