The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is headed back to the Big Easy.
Smoothie King Arena will host the NBA's annual midseason All-Star Weekend after the league decided to move the event from Charlotte, N.C. — the original host venue — after the controversial HB2 bill was passed.
All-Star Weekend takes place from Feb. 17 until Feb. 19, culminating in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
Here is all the date, time, schedule and viewing information for the NBA All-Star Weekend 2017.
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When is the 2017 NBA All-Star Game?
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.
Who is playing in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game?
The starting lineups for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 19th. The remaining roster spots will be announced the following week.
What is the halftime performance at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game?
Grammy awarding-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will perform at halftime of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
When is the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest?
The Verizon Slam Dunk Contest is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday Feb. 18 on TNT.
Who is participating in the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest?
The NBA will reveal the NBA Slam Dunk Contest participants in the two weeks leading up to All-Star Saturday Night. But defending champion Zach LaVine and 2016 runner-up Aaron Gordon are expected to participate in the event.
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY, FEB. 17:
— 7:00 p.m.: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN)
— 9:00 p.m.: Rising Stars Challenge (TNT)
SATURDAY, FEB. 18:
— 11:00 a.m.: 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement
— 2:30 p.m.: NBA D-League All-Star Game (NBA TV)
— 8:00 p.m.: All-Star Saturday Night — Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest (TNT)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19:
— 8:00 p.m.: 66th NBA All-Star Game (TNT)
Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.
After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.
That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.
But Hachimura wasn't finished.
He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.
With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.
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Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.
Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.
Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.
“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”
Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.
“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”
Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.
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