The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of this exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This was the time which the format was not East/West. The game was held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte was announced as host May 24, 2017. This was the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the first time was in 1991, in the Hornets’ previous home arena Charlotte Coliseum. The game was supposed to be played in Charlotte in 2017, but was transferred to New Orleans because of controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The game was televised by TNT for its 17th straight year, also was also simulcast on TBS in some markets.
The two groups have been coached from their respective conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was named as the head coach for Team Giannis. Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was named as the head coach for Team LeBron. It marks the first time because the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where the two coaches did not have a playoff berth during the previous season
About February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver called Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as special team roster additions for the match, citing their contributions to the match. They were selected in the last round of the 2019 All-Star Draft, which makes each roster consist of 13 players.
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