NBA All-Star Weekend

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The NBA All-Star Weekend is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, which is also known as the All-Star break.

Some events included are:

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game: First held in 2004, the game features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and athletes from sports other than basketball.
  • Rising Stars Challenge: From 1995 until 1999, the event was called the «Rookie Game,» and composed entirely of first-year players. From 2000 through 2011, the game, renamed the «Rookie Challenge», featured a team of first-year players against a team of second-year players. The 2012 game debuted a new name, the «Rising Stars Challenge», and a new format. While the game continues to feature first- and second-year players, the participants are now assigned to teams in a «fantasy draft» by two honorary captains.
  • Slam Dunk Contest: This competition showcases the creativity and athletic ability of some of the league’s youngest best dunkers. The specific rules of the contest are decided each year, but the competition is always judged subjectively. After each dunk, or attempted dunk, competitors are awarded a mark out of 10 from five judges, giving a possible high score of 50. The usual rules of ‘traveling’ and double dribbling do not apply.
  • Three-Point Shootout: The league’s best three point shooters shoot five basketballs from five different spots around the three-point line. Each shot is worth one point except the last ball of each rack (informally called ‘money balls’), which is worth two points. The highest score available in one round is 30 points. The shooters have one minute to shoot the basketballs.

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