The 2019 NBA All-Star Game has been the 68th edition of this exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This is the second time which the arrangement was not East/West. The game was held in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte was declared 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 arena Charlotte Coliseum. The match was likely to be played in Charlotte in 2017, but was moved to New Orleans due to controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The match was televised by TNT for the 17th straight year, and was also simulcast on TBS in some niches.
The two groups have been coached from their conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was called the head coach for Team Giannis. Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was called the head coach for Team LeBron. It marks the first time since the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where both coaches didn’t have a playoff berth during the previous season
About February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver named Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as special team roster improvements for the match, citing their gifts to the game. They have been selected in the last round of their 2019 All-Star Draft, making each roster include 13 players.
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