Thursday , Jan , 23 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

NBA All Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is one of the most exiting events of the year for NBA fans who are selecting through a vote, which players are going to have a chance to represent their conference in the game. Each fan has the opportunity to pick two guards, two forwards and one center for both the Eastern and Western conferences.

All NBA coaches are also allowed to vote for their conference selection without the right to select players from their team. They can each select 7 players.

In case of injury of a selected player, the NBA commissioner David Stern is responsible for selecting a replacement player.

Selection of the head coaches is based on the most winning team of the eastern and western conferences. The head coaches of these two teams are selected to coach the game for their conference except if they already coached the selection the previous year.

A small practice is delivered by each head coach the day before the game even though no tactics are really used during the game. The All Star Game gives the opportunity to All Stars to play in a friendly atmosphere and to completely express themselves with amusing moves, and dunks. Coaches are usually making sure all players are taking part of the game and leave the “hottest” players on the court at the end if they feel they have a chance to be the MVP.

The MVP – Most Valuable Player – is selected at the end of the game for being the best player of the game. Two players can be selected as “co-MVPs” like it happened before with Karl Malone and John Stockton, the two players from the Utah Jazz.

Some records:
• Michael Jordan won the All Star Game MVP title 3 times: 1988, 1996, 1998.
• Kareem Adbul-Jabbar was elected in 19 NBA All Star Game selections