NBA is bringing All-Star 2018 back to Los Angeles

The Los Angeles was selected to host NBA All-Star 2018.  The 67th annual game will take place at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers, on Sunday, Feb. 18.  This will mark the record sixth NBA All-Star in Los Angeles, which hosted in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963, and the third All-Star at Staples Center (2011 and 2004).

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement March 22, 2016 during a press conference at Staples Center, where he was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman and Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission President Kathy Schloessman.

NBA All-Star on-court events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 16, at Staples Center with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s top rookies and second-year players take the court.  On Feb. 17, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature current NBA players showcasing their skills in exciting basketball competitions that include the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where participants compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and Verizon Slam Dunk.  The weekend concludes on Sunday with the NBA All-Star Game.

In partnership with AEG, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LATCB), the NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Live.  These events, including NBA All-Star Practice, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, will feature interactive programming bringing fans closer to NBA and WNBA players and legends.

During NBA All-Star 2018, the NBA will continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events.  Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs.

NBA All-Star Game 2018 will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 16th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.  The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages.

NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto featured the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NBA history; an epic Verizon Slam Dunk won by reigning champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves; and an exhilarating Foot Locker Three-Point Contest won by the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, who narrowly beat teammate and 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry.  NBA All-Star 2017 will take place in Charlotte, N.C.

Nick Young Represents the Lakers in the 3-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend

It was announced today that forward/guard for the Los Angeles Lakers  Nick Young has been selected to participate in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The contest will take place on Saturday, February 18 during NBA All-Star 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Young will make his first career appearance in the contest, where he joins Eric Gordon (Houston), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Wesley Matthews (Dallas), CJ McCollum (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte). He is the third Laker in franchise history to be selected to participate in the Three-Point Contest, joining Michael Cooper (1987) and Byron Scott (1987 and 1988).
The guy currently ranks ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting a career-best 42.4% from three-point range, ranking third in the league among players who have hit at least 100 three-pointers. Young has made the 11th-most threes in the NBA this season (128), seven shy of his single-season career high (135). On December 17th at Cleveland, Young hit a career-high eight three pointers, later netting seven triples on January 1st vs. Toronto. In an eight-game span from December 17th through January 1st, Young hit a franchise record 36 three-pointers (36-64, 56.3%).
Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram to make their appearance also at NBA All-Star Weekend. The two were selected to participate in the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. 🤜🤛

New York, Chicago, New Orleans or Las Vegas to Host NBA All-Star 2017

The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star to one of these cities the league will choose: New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas.

New Orleans still edge out of the four. The 2008 and 2014 All-Star game was held there already.

The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 18, 2007 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Thomas and Mack Center.

In Chicago, the last NBA All-Star Game hosted was in 1988, when Michael Jordan, won both the slam-dunk competition and the game’s MVP honors.

Carmelo Anthony played his eighth All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden when New York hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2015.

NBA is hoping to reschedule the ASG for Charlotte in 2019.

The league pulled the event out of Charlotte due to their objection to the state’s House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state.