The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of the exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This is the second time that the format was not East/West. The match 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 is the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the very first time was in 1991, in the Hornets’ previous residence arena Charlotte Coliseum. The game was likely to be played Charlotte in 2017, but was transferred to New Orleans because of 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 certain markets.
The two teams have been coached from their conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was called the head trainer for Team Giannis. Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was named as the head coach for Team LeBron. It marks the first time because the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where the two trainers didn’t have a playoff berth during the previous season
About February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver called Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as special team roster improvements for the match, citing their gifts to the game. They were selected in the final round of the 2019 All-Star Draft, making each roster include 13 players.
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