NBA All-Star Weekend

The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game kicked off the festivities Friday. ESPN commentators Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon coached the two sides, but the game’s biggest names were on the court: Common, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and even Guy Fieri produced the most star-studded game of the season that didn’t feature active NBA players. All eyes turned towards the real players afterward, though, as the game’s best rookies and sophomores took the floor for an exciting Rising Stars Game led by Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and Luka Doncic. Saturday was thrilling even by typical All-Star standards. The big men dominated the Skills Challenge with Bam Adebayo and Domantas Sabonis going down to the wire. Buddy Hield and Devin Booker had a duel in the classic 3-Point Contest. The night finally closed with a thrilling Slam Dunk Contest in which Aaron Gordon scored 297 out of a possible 300 and still managed to lose. The weekend hit a crescendo on Sunday, when the All-Star Game gave us the NBA’s first-ever Elam Ending. It did not disappoint, as Team LeBron fought back from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to give us easily the most exciting All-Star Game in NBA history.