Why attend the 2019 NBA All-Star Game?
Every February, the National Basketball Association (NBA) hosts the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend, an exhibition game matching a mix of the league’s star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes. Each team consists of 12 players for which fans, players and online voting select who will make the starting lineup. The non-start players, or reserves, are chosen through a vote made by the head coaches. However, coaches cannot vote for their own players. Though the game doesn’t impact any team’s rankings, it is kept competitive by the winning team being given the option to send the donations to a charity of their choice. In 2018, star players LeBron James and Stephen Curry formed their own teams for the All-Star Game. In 2019 in whose hands will the power fall to create the ultimate NBA All-Star team?
NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY
The idea for the NBA All-Star Game was originally created to bring attention back to national basketball after a college basketball point-shaving scandal deflected much of the focus away from the NBA. The league’s publicity director, Haskell Cohen suggested hosting an exhibition game similar to the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Despite some criticism, Cohen insisted that the game would be successful and in fact, the game drew more attendance than that entire season’s average attendance. Boston Celtics’ Ed Macauley was named the first NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player. Who will be 2019’s All-Star Game MVP? Experience the league’s best players competing live to find out.