NBA All-Star Weekend is scheduled to take place in New Orleans this weekend, between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.  On Saturday, the celebration will be chock full of a variety of competitive activities such as the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Footlocker Three-Point contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

 

AP Photo: Eric Gay

Damian Lillard.  Photo: Eric Gay/AP

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

The event this year will involve two man teams instead of single man teams as was the case in previous years.  The Western Conference will feature defending champ Damien Lillard and Trey Burke who will compete against Goran Dragic and Reggie Jackson.  The Eastern Conference pairs up Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo against Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozen.

The Footlocker Three-Point Contest

This event is set up the same way as it has been in previous years. There are five shooting stations around the three-point arch and five shots at each station. The last shot, also known as the “moneyball,” counts for five points instead of one. The players selected to participate this year from the Eastern Conference are reigning champions Kyrie Irving, Aaron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, Joe Johnson.  Those from the Western Conference are Marco Belinelli, Stephen Curry, Damien Lillard and Kevin Love.

 

Kyrie Irving. Photo: Eric Gay, AP

Kyrie Irving. Photo: Eric Gay, AP

The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

The real buzz around All-Star weekend has to be the new format of the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The dunk contest will have participants at first competing as teams, that is East vs. West. The dunkers from the East include Terrence Ross, John Wall and Paul George. Those from the West include Harrison Barnes, Damien Lillard, and Ben Mclemore.

The competition will start with a “Freestyle Round” where competitors have 90 seconds to throw down as many dunks as physically possible. At the end of the round, the judges will choose a winner by voting for either the Eastern team or the Western team. The winning conference will then decide whether its players will dunk first during a head-to-head battle called “Battle Round.” After the “Battle Round” head-to-head match-ups between conferences ensues.  The first conference to win three battles will be crowned the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk champion.

With so much to look forward to, basketball fans should be pretty excited about this upcoming weekend.

 

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