2019 NBA All-Star Game
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of this exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This was the second time which the format was not East/West. The match was held in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte was announced as host on May 24, 2017. This was the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the first time was in 1991, at the Hornets’ previous residence stadium Charlotte Coliseum. The game was supposed to be played in Charlotte at 2017, but has been moved to New Orleans due to controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The game was televised by TNT for the 17th straight year, also was also simulcast on TBS in certain niches.
The two groups have been trained from their conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was named as the head coach for Team Giannis. Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was named as the head coach for Team LeBron. It marks the first time because the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where both coaches did not have a playoff berth throughout the previous season
On February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver named Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as special team roster additions for the match, citing their contributions to the match. They were chosen in the final round of the 2019 All-Star Draft, which makes each roster include 13 players.
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