NBA ALL-STAR GAME LIVE ON ESPN
- Annual showcase of world’s best players live on ESPN
- Extensive coverage across NBA All-Star Weekend includes Rising Stars Challenge and Slam-Dunk contest
ESPN will have live coverage of the NBA All-Star weekend as it broadcasts the showcase game and the events building up to it from host city Houston, Texas between Friday 15th and Sunday 17th February.
The NBA All-Star Game between the best players from the Western and Eastern Conferences is live on ESPN at 1am on Sunday 17th February and will feature the biggest names in basketball, each of whom has been chosen to take part by the fans.
The West’s team is made up of Kobe Bryant, who topped the overall voting with 1,591,437 votes, his LA Lakers teammate, center Dwight Howard, LA Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus reigning All-Star MVP, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.
The Eastern Conference All-Stars feature Miami Heat duo LeBron James – the current regular season MVP and the 2012 NBA Finals MVP finished second in overall votes with 1,583,646 – and Dwyane Wade, Boston Celtics pair Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. The team is completed by this season’s leading points scorer in the East, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
The Eastern Conference currently leads the all-time All-Star series 36-25, but the West will be aiming for their third straight victory this season. The All-Star weekend on ESPN will begin at midnight on Friday 15th February with the Celebrity Game, which last year saw players as varied as singer Ne-Yo and US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan taking part. The game is followed at 2am by the BBVA Rising Stars challenge – NBA legends Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will each draft a nine man roster, selecting from players in their first or second year in the NBA.
The action continues at 1.30am on Saturday 16th February with a host of challenges on All-Star Saturday night. The Sprite Slam Dunk contest headlines the night, which will also feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
The All-Star game comes in the middle of an exciting NBA season. In the East, reigning champions the Miami Heat have once again dominated, while the best records in the league currently belong to the two teams topping the Western Conference: Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers. All three teams will feature the day before the All-Star weekend begins in an NBA double header on Thursday 14th February. First up at 1am is a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals as Miami take on Oklahoma, then at 3:30am the Clippers face the Lakers, who have struggled this season, despite bringing in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
|NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND LIVE ON ESPN|
Thursday 14th February Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder 1:00am
Thursday 14th February LA Clippers at LA Lakers 3:30am
Friday 15th February All-Star Celebrity Game 12:00am
Friday 15th February All-Star Rising Stars Challenge 2:00am
Saturday 16th February All-Star Saturday Night 1:30am
Sunday 17th February NBA All-Star Game 1:00am