The NBA All-Star Game isn't like your typical big sports event, and especially not like your typical basketball game. Here are the things that make the NBA All-Star Game stand out, and why you should consider going to it this upcoming year.
The Teams are Specially Drafted
Although the NBA has different teams based on different regions similar to the NFL-- the NBA All-Star game isn't based off those groups. The players in each team are a mix of the league's best players, drafted by the two best stars with the most votes. In 2018, these teams were divided by team Lebron James, and Stephen Curry-- household names popular even among non-basketball fans.The starting lineup is also selected based off a mix of fan, player, and media voting. Voting for the 2019 All-Star Game begins on Christmas Day, December 25. Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote.
There's a Longer, More Eventful Halftime Show
Halftime shows during the NBA All-Star Game are longer than usual, and contain the biggest stars the NBA can get a hold of. Although nothing has been announced yet of the 2019 halftime show, past halftime events have included performers like Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Elton John.
Players Change Up Their Style
The All-Star game usually ends up with a much higher score than the average NBA game. This is both because of the higher-caliber players, and because they change the tradition a little. Sometimes, players start from unique positions, and usually, they go through extra effort to do tricks like slam dunks and alley oops. It's difficult not to be entertained by the madness going on during these games, even if you're not a big basketball fan.
There's a Ton of Fan Fare
The NBA All-Star Game is the featured event of the NBA All-Star Weekend, in which an entire NBA festival spans Friday through Sunday, catering to the fans with multiple unique events and performances. There's an NBA Jam Session, which is often called a basketball theme park, and contests and challenges that NBA players of past, present, and celebrities from sports and entertainment show off their skills together.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place February 17, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. To plan your perfect trip to see the event, view the Xenia Events 2019 NBA All-Star packages, or contact us for more.