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The NBA season has been a rough one after losing Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the other victims of that tragic helicopter accident.The league has vowed to unpack a powerful weekend in Kobe’s honor as they gear up for the 69th annual NBA All Star Game.

It got off to a hot start with a entertaining Celebrity All-Star game. It was Team Stephen A. Smith versus Team Michael Wilbon and it didn’t disappoint. Celebrities like Common, Quavo, and others took the court but the real show was Stephen A. Smith who got a technical foul during the game.

Yes, “Stephen A” got a technical foul during the ‘just for fun’ Celebrity All Star game.

Common would go on to be the game’s MVP. He only had 10 points but as the broadcasters alluded to, he played a very thorough game on his home court. Team Wilbon would win the game 62-47.

Up next was my favorite event from the night: The Rising Stars Challenge. Luka Doncic and Team World took on Zion Williamson and Team USA. It was a beautiful game to watch. Well, minus the fact that it was apparently allergic to defense.

It was a great show of the high-flying talent that this next generation of NBA has to offer. I particularly enjoyed the action from former AAU teammates Zion Willamson and Ja Morant. They connected on many highlight-worthy plays but there was one in particular where Zion broke the rim. Literally.

Miles Bridges would go on to be the MVP of the game with 20 points and plenty of highlights to show for his performance.

NBA All-Star weekend rolls on tonight with more electrifying events! Here’s what’s up for the rest of the weekend. Be sure to grab the kids and some wings, and enjoy a smile-worthy weekend with the NBA. Do it for Kobe.

Saturday, Feb. 15

All times Eastern (ET)

10:30 a.m. | NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T | NBA TV

7 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV

8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT

– Taco Bell Skills Challenge (first event)

– MTN DEW 3-Point Contest (second event)

– AT&T Slam Dunk (third event)

 Sunday, Feb. 16

All times Eastern (ET)

12 p.m. | NBA Legends Brunch | NBA TV coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET

8 p.m. 69th NBA All-Star Game | TNT coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET

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