NBA All-Star Game
February 16, 2014
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Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James. These are just a few of the top names in professional basketball who fans will likely see when the 63rd National Basketball Association All-Star Game comes to the New Orleans Arena on February 16.
Basketball fans coming to New Orleans from other parts of the country may see some of their favorite players on the court or waiting on the sidelines for their share of the action when the game tips off. There will be five starters and seven to eight reserves from both the Eastern and Western conferences of the NBA.
The game, a showcase for the NBA’s biggest stars, pits the top vote-getters of the Eastern Conference against those of the Western Conference. Since the All-Star Game was first played in 1951, the Eastern Conference leads in games won, 36-26. However in recent years, the Western Conference has held dominance, winning the last three and five of the last seven.
NBA All-Star games are usually very high-scoring, closely contested matchups, often decided by less than ten points. Scores in the 140s and even 150s are not uncommon. Over the years most of the top players in NBA history have seen action in the All-Star Game, many of whom were named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Many of pro basketball’s greatest coaches have directed the All-Star action from the sidelines. A large number of All-Star players and coaches, after retirement, went on to induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Halftime during the All-Star game is a major event, featuring musical performances by popular artists. Recent guest performers have included Elton John, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, OutKast, Alicia Keys, Shakira, John Legend, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera.
This will be the second time New Orleans has hosted the NBA All-Star Game, the first time coming in 2008. The New Orleans Arena is home court for the New Orleans Pelicans, formerly known as the Hornets.
The game will be exclusively televised on TNT and broadcast live on ESPN Radio. Fans who are unable to secure tickets or who prefer to watch the game on TV can likely view it at any one of many sports bars in New Orleans. To find out where they are go to the following link: www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/nightlife/sportsbars.html.
Related Events and Activities
The All-Star Game is the featured event of All-Star Weekend, and it is held on a Sunday night. All-Star Weekend always includes a number of popular exhibition games and competitions featuring NBA players and alumni, as well as players from the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
All-Star events will kick off on Friday, February 14, with the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. They will continue throughout the weekend with NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, the Sprint Pre-Game Concert, and the 63rd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 16.
Additionally, fans can enjoy the NBA All-Star Jam Session, the world’s largest interactive basketball theme park at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, as well as a full schedule of NBA Cares events aimed at giving back to the Greater New Orleans community.
For more information about the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and for a complete schedule of events, visit www.nba.com.
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