So besides the 64th NBA Annual All-Star game that’s provided a unique experience for fans young and old throughout the years, there’s a lot more that goes with All-Star Weekend. We’ve taken the time to break down the top 5 events that you won’t want to miss if you’re in the Madison Square Garden area during February 13th to 15th.


5) All Star Practice


This is your chance to see all of the NBA’s finest players get warmed up for the big game. Just as you’ve seen them dominate the courts during the regular season, you can see your favorite player’s show their skills in the dope new All Star Jerseys paying homage to NYC as a whole.


4) BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge


The Rising Stars Challenge is what happens when you take eighteen of the NBA’s most up and coming Rookies and Sophomores and you pit them against each other. The rules of the game are simple, two twenty minute halves and no foul outs. In the past, celebrity coaches have prompted players such as Kevin Durant to crush scoring records, topping out at a high of 46 along with Rising Star MVP’s like John Wall who completed 22 memorable assists.


3) Shooting Stars


Watch your current favorite NBA Heavy weights link up with some of the biggest past legends in the game for a three on three shooting competition. I think that this is a highly anticipated event just because it incorporates players from the past and present!


2) Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game


This year, just as the fans always get to experience, will be the Celebrity All-Star game which is a definite crowd favorite. Anyone who can make it to the big apple in time will get to see their favorite; actors, rappers, singers, and all around icons ball each other up in an attempt to show their skills on court for a change.


1) Sprite Slam Dunk Contest


This is obviously the most anticipated event of the All-Star weekend for a reason. Every year that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this basketball spectacle it’s been better than the last. Whether it’s Blake Griffin jumping over a compact car or the cleanest most unexpected crowd-pleasing dunk coming from one of this year’s standout rookies, you’ll never know what to expect so feel free to sit back and enjoy the show  unfold in front of your eyes.

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