NBA All Star 2020: The NBA has announced some changes to the NBA’s Star Game, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET, which includes the new fourth quarter format in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who won 18 NBA All-Star games and a record four NBA All-Star MVP awards.
NBA All Star 2020 Live
With the trade deadline firmly in the rearview mirror and the playoffs still three months away, the NBA’s attention shifts onto the All-Star Game this weekend.
The 69th edition of the league’s annual extravaganza takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday.
As was the case last year, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named captains of the two teams, by virtue of receiving the most votes in their respective conferences.
James selected Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Luka Doncic as his starters.
The latter makes his first NBA All-Star Game appearance in just his second season in the league.
Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, opted for Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid and Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam as the forwards, with Boston Celtics Kemba Walker and Atlanta Hawks Trae Young as the two starting guards.
While the event will be accompanied by the usual razzmatazz, the 2020 installment of the All-Star Game promises to be a much somber affair than in the past, with Kobe Bryant’s tragic death still fresh in the minds of players, coaches, and fans.
The five-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star Game MVP died on January 26 when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed just outside Los Angeles in Calabasas, California.
Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and another seven passengers all perished in the crash.
The NBA has planned a series of tributes for the Los Angeles Lakers legend, including the introduction of a new fourth-quarter format to the game.
The two teams will compete to win each of the first three quarters, which will all start with a 0-0 scoreline and be 12 minutes long as usual. At the beginning of the final period, however, the game clock will be switched off and a final score target will be set.
The score will be determined by taking the leading team’s combined score in the first three quarters and adding 24 points, with the first team to reach the target to be declared the winner.
In other words, should the score after the first three quarters see one of the two teams up 110-105, the target score would be 134. That means one of the two teams would have to score 24 points before the other team scores 29 and vice versa.
The choice of 24 is a nod to the number Bryant wore during the last 10 seasons of his career.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Sunday.
NBA All-Star Game date and time
The 69th edition of the NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 16 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET, with tip off scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
NBA All-Star Game coverage
The annual NBA extravaganza will air live on TNT for the 18th consecutive season and will also be live on ESPN Radio throughout the U.S.
A live stream will be available via TNT’s digital platforms.
Who are the starters?
Five starters—two guards and three frontcourt players—have been selected from each conference via a ballot involving fans, media members, and current players.
Fans’ votes accounted for 50 percent of the total vote, while media members and players split the remaining 50 percent.
As has been the case since 2018, the two team captains—LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo—picked five starters each, but they were not required to draft on conference affiliation and position.