Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

Jaylen Brown

The NBA All-star game has finally arrived in Los Angeles California, and last-minute buyers of ticket seats would have to pay more than twice the amount of regular tickets due to the increasing popularity of the game. With the Rising Stars game tipping off at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, we thought it only fitting to rank the players in the game.

Sunday night's game, which will feature a revamped NBA All-star roster having LeBron James and Steph Curry as team coaches, costs as high as $1,959 and $1,895 in StubHub and Vivid Seats respectively. This new format set up by Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, is simple: the two players with the most votes from the East and West get the opportunity to become the captain of each region.

West game, teams for this year's event were chosen by two players who were voted into captaincy: LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

"My sense is, already what we've heard certainly from the media and even the players themselves, I think we could have a lot of fun around the draft", Silver said. But it was slow going for the Moroccan Freak throughout the quarter and the first half as whole, though we did see some brief glimpses of him running the point or at least initiating the team's offense. My goal this time is to try to get double figures, so we'll see if that happens.


Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend.

SIDELINED STARS: James' team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. However, Love, Cousins, Porzingis and Wall will all miss due to injuries. The coaches decided to choose Andre Drummond, Paul George, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker as the four replacements.

The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to have a competitor in the dunk contest, but they traded Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8. In each of the last four years, the total points scored record for the All-Star game has been broken. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. Both combined to give Team Clippers a 75-66 victory over Team Lakers. Kicking off the show will be Fergie with the American National Anthem, followed by Barenaked Ladies sharing the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar will end the night with a live performance after the post-game coverage courtesy of Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and the rest of the Inside the National Basketball Association crew.

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