2007 NBA All-Star Weekend


56th NBA All-Star Game
- the first game not to be held in an NBA arena
- at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Arena, home of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels

Except for the 1998-99 lockout, the NBA All-Star Game has been played every year since 1951 using the East vs. West format.



SCHEDULE

Friday, February 16
eighteen celebrities compete in the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center

TV: The game will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game roster

EAST TEAM

David Arquette ("In Case of Emergency")
Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile)
Nelly (Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist)
Kevin Frazier (host of "Entertainment Tonight")
Donald Faison ("Scrubs")
Taye Diggs (Rent, Chicago)
Bobby Flay ("Throwdown with Bobby Flay")
Carrot Top (comedian)
Katie Smith (WNBA's Detroit Shock)

Coach: Tim Legler, ESPN analyst

Asst. Coach: James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy")


WEST TEAM

Jamie Foxx (Ray, Dreamgirls)
James Denton ("Desperate Housewives")
Reggie Bush (NFL's New Orleans Saints)
Bow Wow (Roll Bounce)
Jamie Kennedy ("Jamie Kennedy Experiment")
Tony Potts (co-anchor of "Access Hollywood")
Nick Cannon (Bobby)
Jonathan Silverman ("In Case of Emergency")
Tamika Catchings (WNBA's Indiana Fever)

Coach: Greg Anthony, ESPN analyst

Asst. Coach: Wayne Newton




Saturday, February 17
NBA All-Star night at the Thomas and Mack
skills contests including the slam-dunk and three-point shoot-out


Sunday, February 18
actual NBA All-Star game
5 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center


Yao Ming the top vote-getter among all West players, but his fractured tibia will not allow him to play.

LeBron James, last year's MVP, led all players with more than 2.5 million votes.


Shaquille O’Neal
- 14th straight All-Star game
- ties Jerry West and Karl Malone for the most consecutive selections

Tim Duncan
- has been selected to every All-Star team since he entered the league in 1997

STARTERS

Western Conference
F – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
C – Yao Ming, Houston
G – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G – Tracy McGrady, Houston
Head coach: Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix

Eastern Conference
F – LeBron James, Cleveland
F – Chris Bosh, Toronto
C – Shaquille O’Neal, Miami
G – Dwayne Wade, Miami
G – Gilbert Arenas, Washington
Head coach: Eddie Jordan, Washington

RESERVES

EAST

Vince Carter, G New Jersey Nets
Jason Kidd*, G New Jersey Nets
Jermaine O'Neal, F Indiana Pacers
Chauncey Billups, G Detroit Pistons
Richard Hamilton, G Detroit Pistons
Dwight Howard, C Orlando Magic
Caron Butler, F Washington Wizards
Joe Johnson*, G Atlanta Hawks

Coach: Eddie Jordan, Washington Wizards

WEST

Amaré Stoudemire, C Phoenix Suns
Dirk Nowitzki, F Dallas Mavericks
Steve Nash*, G Phoenix Suns
Tony Parker, G San Antonio Spurs
Shawn Marion, F Phoenix Suns
Carlos Boozer*, F Utah Jazz
Allen Iverson,* G Denver Nuggets
Carmelo Anthony*, F Denver Nuggets
Josh Howard*, F Dallas Mavericks
Ray Allen*, G Seattle SuperSonics
Mehmet Okur*, C Utah Jazz

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns


*Joe Johnson replacing Jason Kidd
* Carmelo Anthony, Josh Howard, Ray Allen and Mehmet Okur replacing injured Yao Ming, Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson


as usual, I'm with the East