The 63rd annual NBA All-Star Game is coming to New Orleans this weekend with a full slate of top-notch basketball action.
NBA All-Star Weekend 2014’s schedule kicks off on Friday night with the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The event, which will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, will feature defending MVP Kevin Hart, Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton, Nick Cannon and various other well-known pop culture figures.
At 9 p.m. ET, the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge gets underway on TNT. Retired NBA stars Grant Hill and Chris Webber will serve as honorary “coaches” of two teams composed of the NBA’s best rookie and second-year players. Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Detroit Pistons star Andre Drummond headline Team Hill, while New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Philadelpia 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo carry the load for Team Webber.
All-Star Weekend continues on Saturday afternoon with coverage of the NBA’s Developmental League All-Star game, which can be viewed at 3 p.m. ET on NBATV. But the real action begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, the start time for the highly anticipated State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
First, four teams, composed of three NBA and WNBA players, will face off in the Sears Shooting Stars event. Each team is tasked with hitting various shots at pre-designated locations on the court; whichever team competes the “course” in the fastest time will advance to the next round, and so on. The members of each of the four teams can be viewed here.
The next event will be the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, in which the league’s top guards complete a timed obstacle course to establish ball-skill supremacy. This year’s version will be a team effort -- both the Eastern and Western conferences will have two teams striving for victory. A full list of rules and teams can be found here.
Saturday night’s third event will be the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, in which the NBA’s top marksman will take turns firing from beyond the arc. Defending champion Kyrie Irving headlines a field of eight shooters that also includes Kevin Love and Joe Johnson. A full list of rules and competitors can be viewed here.
Saturday night’s action concludes with the long-awaited Sprite Slam Dunk contest, which features new rules this season. Last year's champion Terrance Ross will defend his crown against rising stars such as Paul George and Ben McLemore. A full list of dunkers can be viewed here.
Of course, NBA All-Star Weekend wouldn’t be complete without the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday with TNT NBA Tip-Off. The game begins at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature the league’s new long-sleeve uniforms.
A full breakdown of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Weekend Schedule can be viewed below, courtesy of NBA.com.
Friday, Feb. 14
Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game -- 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge -- 9 p.m. ET, TNT
Saturday, Feb. 15
NBA D-League All-Star Game -- 3 p.m. ET, NBATV
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night -- 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
--Sears Shooting Stars
--Taco Bell Skills Challenge
--Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
--Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Sunday, Feb. 16
TNT NBA Tip-Off -- 7 p.m. ET, TNT
63rd NBA All-Star Game -- 8 p.m. ET, TNT