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