Basketball: NBA All-Star fever begins

Friday, February 14, 2014

Basketball fans hyped up this weekend over star players competing in Western and Eastern Conference.

Basketball fans hyped up this weekend over star players competing in Western and Eastern Conference.

ISTANBUL - The NBA's All-Star weekend begins Friday.

Apart from the 2014 NBA All-Star game which will tip off on Monday, basketball fans in the United States will have the opportunity to watch many contests such as shooting stars, skills challenge, and the three-point and slam dunk contest.

The three-day All-Star fever will take place in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.

Events start with the "Celebrity Game" in which many TV celebrities, Kevin Hart, Mike Greenberg and Jesse Williams and former players will appear. The celebrity game will start Saturday at 2 a.m. local time in Turkey.

-Rising stars game

After the "Celebrity Game," the rising stars game will commence with the participation of rookie and sophomore players.

Each team member was picked by former NBA legends Chris Webber (West) and Grant Hill (East). The rising stars game tips off Saturday at 4 a.m. local time in Turkey.

Team Hill

Damian Lillard (Portland, Sophomore)

Bradley Beal (Washington, Sophomore)

Andre Drummond (Detroit, Sophomore)

Harrison Barnes (Golden State, Sophomore)

Terrence Jones (Houston, Sophomore)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee, Rookie)

Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto, Sophomore)

Dion Waiters (Cleveland, Sophomore)

Pero Antic (Atlanta, Rookie)

Team Webber

Anthony Davis (New Orleans, Sophomore)

Michael Carter-Williams (Philedelphia, Rookie)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York, Rookie)

Trey Burke (Utah, Rookie)

Jared Sullinger (Boston, Sophomore)

Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn, Rookie)

Victor Oladipo (Orlando, Rookie)

Steven Adams (OKC, Rookie)

Kelly Olynyk (Boston, Rookie)

-Three point and slam dunk contest

Many NBA stars will compete against each other in three-point and slam dunk contest. Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors) and John Wall (Washington Wizards) from Eastern Conference, Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors) ve Ben McLemore (Sacramento Kings) from Western Conference will take part in 2014's slam dunk contest.

Eight basketball players will partake in the three point contest. While Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) will compete for East, Marco Belinelli (San Antonio Spurs), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) will try to do their best for West.

The three-point and slam dunk contests and skills challenge start Sunday at 3:30 a.m. local time in Turkey.

Last year Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Kyrie Irving won the three-point contest and Terrence Ross from Toronto Raptors won the slam dunk contest.

-63rd All-Star Game

Events will end with the 63rd All-Star game. The game will tip off Monday at 3 a.m. local time in Turkey.

The starting 5 for the Eastern All-Star Rosters is as follows:

Carmelo Anthony (New York)

Paul George (Indiana)

LeBron James (Miami)

Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)

Dwayne Wade (Miami)

Starting 5 of the Western All-Star Rosters is as follows:

Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)

Kevin Love (Minnesota)

Kevin Durant (OKC)

Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Stephen Curry (Golden State)

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