The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of this exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This is the second time which the format wasn’t East/West. The match was held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte was announced as host on May 24, 2017. This is the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the very first time was in 1991, at the Hornets’ previous home arena Charlotte Coliseum. The game was likely to be played in Charlotte at 2017, but was moved to New Orleans because of controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The match was televised by TNT for the 17th straight season, also was also simulcast on TBS in certain markets.
Both teams were coached from their respective conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was called the head coach for Team Giannis. Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was named as the head coach for Team LeBron. It marks the first time since the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where both trainers didn’t have a playoff berth during the previous season
On February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver called Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as particular team roster improvements for the game, citing their gifts to the match. They have been chosen in the final round of the 2019 All-Star Draft, making every single roster consist of 13 players.
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