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Minnesota Timberwolves: Primer for NBA All-Star weekend

Minnesota Timberwolves: Primer for NBA All-Star weekend

While the NBA All Star weekend is filled with exciting events, the event that fans are most looking forward to is the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

For the rest of the team who's not participating in the event, they will get a nice week off as Minnesota doesn't play again until Friday, Feb. 23 at the Houston Rockets (talk about a welcome back party). This year's rising stars include Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics.

The 2018 All-Star game is right around the corner with the game taking a bit of a spin this year with how the teams were selected. Here are the player rankings. National Basketball Association representatives also realize the product of the All-Star game has been on a heavy decline. However could James change the way the All-Star game is played with this type of attitude. The last time that LA hosted All-Star Weekend, Kobe Bryant was crowed MVP after he led the West to a 148-143 win over the East.

"I really don't want to pull out of L.A., but I will pull out if I have to". "Even among the greatest, to be the last picked among the greatest may be slightly embarrassing to some of the players".

After the skills challenge is over, the highly anticipated 3-point contest will take place.

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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 8:20 p.m. on TNT with coverage beginning at 7:00.

As for the All-Star weekend itself, almost one-third (31%) of all Americans indicate that they'll watch at least some of the activities, whether that's attending in person or watching the highlights. Blake Griffin, who had been an all-star every year from 2011-2015, has regressed enough that the Clippers felt comfortable trading him. Players will go dunk for dunk, in a series of elimination.

Rather than dividing the two All-Star teams up by conference like they've done for decades, the NBA made a decision to allow two of its best players-LeBron James and Steph Curry-to hold an NBA All-Star draft to determine which players would play on which teams.

The draft format drew mass interest from National Basketball Association fans across the country, but there was one problem with the plan-the draft wouldn't be televised.

Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas, who like Mitchell will compete in the Slam Dunk contest, also will suit up for the Americans. Fans select the All-Star starters through a voting process throughout the season.


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