Since it was first played at the Boston Garden in 1951, the NBA All Star Game remains to be the premier all-star event in professional sports. As is the case with most all star competitions, starters are chosen by the fans; though the reserves are chosen by head coaches among players in the... More
Since it was first played at the Boston Garden in 1951, the NBA All Star Game remains to be the premier all-star event in professional sports. As is the case with most all star competitions, starters are chosen by the fans; though the reserves are chosen by head coaches among players in their conference. The coach with the current highest win total coaches his conference team (although due to the dominance of Pat Riley's Lakers in the 80's, a coach cannot coach consecutive games).
The NBA All Star Game has developed into an all-weekend-long spectacle in recent years. The weekend kicks off with the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game, which features retired players, WNBA players, musicians, actors, and professional athletes of other sports (then-Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens had a memorable dunk in the 2009 game). Next up is the rookie challenge, which pits first-year NBA players against second-year players. The D-League Friday Night is a slam-dunk, three point, and H-O-R-S-E competition for NBA D-League players, much like the same event for pro-level NBA players the next day. Saturday kicks off with the D-League All-Star Game, an exciting preview of the league's players who are waiting in the wings. Following is the skills challenge, which puts players through an obstacle course testing their speed and accuracy. That contest is followed by the Shooting Stars Competition, which teams up a current, retired, and WNBA player in a skill-shot contest.
After that, the pros come out for the three-point shootout. The best three-point shooters take shots from outside the arc with bonuses for certain shots called "money balls." The slam dunk then concludes the festivities, featuring the game's most athletic players trying to outdo each other with the most ridiculous highlight reel dunks. Some recent memorable dunks include Dwight Howard's superman dunk, Gerald Green's Dee Brown homage dunk, and Andre Iguodala's behind-the-rim alley-oop.