Despite many speaking out against the weekend, the NBA is continuing on with their plan to host the NBA All-Star game. To go along with the game, the league will have a dunk contest, skills challenge, three-point contest, and rising stars game.
Only the dunk contest will not feature a former Kentucky Wildcats star.
As for the game itself, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, and New York Knicks forward Julius Randle were all named All-Stars. Davis, who has been out the last few weeks, will not play. Meanwhile, Booker wasn’t selected initially but will play due to an injury.
That said, on top of playing in the game, Devin Booker will compete in the NBA three-point shoot-out, an event that will be headlined by the greatest shooter of all-time, Stephen Curry.
Booker will be competing for his fifth time and will be looking to repeat, having won the event back in 2018.
Julius Randle, who has shown his dominance by posting career-high numbers almost across the board this season, will be in the skills challenge. Former Wildcat Bam Adebayo won it last year, so big men do have some ability to get the job done.
On top of those two, Wildcat fans will get to watch three of their former players in the NBA Rising Stars game. Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro and San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson will both be on Team USA while the Golden State Warriors’ Mychal Mulder will join Team World. Mulder is from Canada.
While Mulder is a bit older, he’s been an elite three-point shooter off Golden State’s bench. As for Herro and Johnson, they’re both in the midst of becoming breakout stars for the Heat and Spurs respectively.
Held on March 7, the NBA is seemingly looking to fit the events on one day in order to limit the exposure for everyone involved.