NBA All-Star Weekend begins Friday with the All- Star Celebrity Game at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Rising Stars Challenge at Staples Center.
Entertainer Jamie Foxx and “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson will be among the participants in the celebrity game, which will begin at 4 p.m. and be televised by ESPN. Their teammates on Team Clippers include the recording artist and actor Common, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, retired NBA star Paul Pierce and Olympic silver-medal winning sprinter Andre De Grasse.
The Team Lakers roster includes Basketball Hall of Fame member Tracy McGrady, entertainer Nick Cannon, Los Angeles Sparks forward-center Candace Parker, Drew Scott, a co-host of the HGTV real estate series “Property Brothers” and Caleb McLaughlin, a cast member of the Netflix science fiction- horror series “Stranger Things.
The second half of the game will include a 4-point line dubbed “The Ridge,” which will be reminiscent of the ridges in Ruffles potato chips, the game’s presenting sponsor. Ruffles will make a $4,000 donation to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for every shot made from the decal, with a maximum donation of $40,000.
The 24th Rising Stars Game matches a team of 10 first- and second-year players from the United States against 10 from outside the U.S. The game marks the only Los Angeles Lakers representation during All-Star Weekend — rookie forward Kyle Kuzma and second-year forward Brandon Ingram, both members of the U.S. team.
Laker rookie guard Lonzo Ball was also selected for the game but is unable to play because of an injury.
Players were selected in a vote by the league’s assistant coaches.
The Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and dunk competition will be held Saturday and the All-Star Game Sunday.
This will be the record sixth time the NBA All-Star Game has been played in Los Angeles and third at Staples Center, following the 2004 and 2011 games. It was played at the since-demolished Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in 1963 and the Forum in Inglewood in 1972 and 1983.
—City News Service