2019 All-Star Celebrity Game – ESPN and the NBA today announced the rosters and coaches for the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, which will air exclusively on ESPN and the ESPN App, Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET from Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The home team will feature celebrities with Carolina roots, including ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams and 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson, facing off against reigning MVP and rapper Quavo, among others. Dawn Staley, three-time Olympic Champion and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will serve as the home team’s coach, while the 2018 WNBA Champion Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird will coach the away team.
- Home 82 – Away 80
Highlights: Famous Los scored 22 points to win MVP honors, and the Home team held on to beat the Away team 82-80 in the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night. Jay Williams scored 18 points for Home. Quavo scored 27 for Away and Hall of Famer Ray Allen scored 24 — though the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made went 0 for 8 from beyond the arc.
2019 Rising Star Challenge – The 25th Rising Stars will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world in the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star. MTN DEW ICE will serve as the title partner, expanding on its continued commitment to supporting up-and-coming stars throughout the sport. MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars will air live in the U.S. on TNT and ESPN Radio.
Jarrett Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball (injured), John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum
OG Anunoby, Deandre Ayton, Bogdan Bogdanović, Luka Dončić, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rodions Kurucs, Lauri Markkanen, Josh Okogie, Cedi Osman, Ben Simmons
- Team U.S. 161 – Team World 144
Highlights: Kyle Kuzma was determined to make sure Team USA snapped its two-game losing streak in the Rising Stars Challenge. Why? To have some extra spending money. “Facts,” Kuzma said with a smile, when asked if what he said on the court postgame, that the $25,000 bonus going to each member of the winning team was part of his motivation, was true. “I think it was the second timeout, and I broke the huddle by saying, ‘Bonus-1-2-3.’ So there you go.” Kuzma certainly did his part, scoring 14 of his game-high 35 points in the first quarter to stake Team USA to a 40-30 lead it never relinquished in a 161-144 victory Friday night in the game featuring first- and second-year players. While Team World managed to nearly get all the way back in front on multiple occasions, pulling within two points in the second quarter and within one in the third, it never managed to pull ahead. After Team USA closed the third quarter with a quick run to stretch the lead to six, it opened the fourth quarter with an 11-4 surge to push the lead back out to double figures and cruised to the win from there. The only question left at that point was who would win the game’s MVP award, with Kuzma (10 points) and teammate Trae Young (12 points, 3 assists) going shot for shot in the fourth quarter to try to wrest it away from each other. In the end, the fans voted for Kuzma over Young and Jayson Tatum (30 points), leading to cheers of “Kuz!” from the fans inside Spectrum Center after the buzzer sounded when his name was announced to the crowd.