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2023 NBA All Star Weekend Schedule of Events

All the details on this weekend's festivities.
By | 18 Comments | Feb 17, 2023

Feb 16, 2023; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; A general overall view of the Vivint Arena, the site of the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s All-Star Weekend, and for the first time in a long time Sacramento Kings fans have multiple reasons to pay attention. The Kings will be well-represented throughout the weekend’s events.

The full schedule can be found here, we’ll be focusing on the main events that have relevance to the Sacramento Kings.

Events kick off with the Celebrity game at 4 PM PT, featuring Sacramento-local Hasan Minhaj. That game will air on ESPN.

At 6 PM PT the Rising Stars events kick off, featuring Keegan Murray on Pau Gasol’s team.

Saturday night’s events begin at 5 PM PT, with the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and the Dunk Contest. Kevin Huerter will represent the Kings in the 3-Point shootout.

Sunday will feature the G League Next Up Game at 12 PM PT, featuring Neemias Queta.

Sunday night will be the main event, kicking off at 5:30 PM PT, as De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis represent the Sacramento Kings in the 2023 NBA All- Star Game.

Use this as the open thread for tonight’s events, and we’ll put up fresh comment sections for each night.

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andy_sims
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February 17, 2023 5:03 pm

Ziller’s schedule and watchability summaries for the festivities is a great piece of writing, and on the nose. Definitely worth the nominal charge: https://ziller.substack.com/

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February 17, 2023 5:47 pm

Very proud of our Kings for what they have done so far this season, and happy that we have a plethora of players representing the team and the city in the All-Star weekend activities.

Go Kings!

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February 17, 2023 6:18 pm
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The Kings are definitely plethorating the SL UT ASG weekend!

(etymologic license requested)

Kosta
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February 17, 2023 6:56 pm

Thanks for always making me laugh 🙂

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February 18, 2023 7:38 am
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A Plethora?
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February 18, 2023 10:09 am
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Kosta, thank you for using the word, plethora. It means a lot.

Indolentdolt
February 17, 2023 6:36 pm

Keegan! Step back 3 for the win.

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February 17, 2023 7:20 pm

So what’s the main reason(s) one of these never occurs in Sac? SLC isn’t a huge city, population is like half of Sac. But I guess they have a lot more hotel rooms or something?

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February 17, 2023 8:27 pm
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Fewer psychotic homeless people wandering around?

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February 18, 2023 7:35 am
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About 3,000 more

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February 18, 2023 8:08 am
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Even Reno has 3 times as many available rooms !

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February 18, 2023 10:46 am
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Yeah but even now that’s starting to go away. Reno’s DT isn’t what it used to be.

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February 18, 2023 10:44 am
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SLC is also the biggest swinging dick around in those parts. Sac is not. And there are alot more hotel rooms now than there used to be.

I think the NBA knows they have to try and get an ASG here though. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in the next 5 years.

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February 18, 2023 10:53 am
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Sort of like Keegan Murray at the Rising Stars – he’s there but they chose to ignore him for the most part.

That’s Sac – the Rodney Dangerfield of the Association. Having 16 seasons of draught, setting a record for futility helps to feed the disfavor.

Accomplishments will earn respect. Sac’s still at the almost. I am nervously looking forward to the rest of this dream like season.

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February 18, 2023 12:27 pm

This isn’t an issue of image. This is an issue of being able to host the ASG and all the logistics required and associated with it. There’s a reason why LA & NY get a lot of ASG’s: They can handle the logistics of it.

With all the construction in DT, there’s a decent chance that there will be enough rooms (especially if they are creative using the region as a whole) to satisfy the NBA’s requirement for hotel rooms.

But at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

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February 18, 2023 5:08 pm
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This was addressed by Adam Silver a while back (and the number of rooms required may have changed).

The NBA requires 6,000 rooms to be in close proximity to host the popular event. There are about 16,000 rooms within 30 to 45 minute drive with traffic, stretching from Rocklin to Davis.

He explained that a 15 mile drive from Davis to Sacramento wouldn’t take the same amount of time as a 15 mile drive in a larger city like Los Angeles. Not to mention another 1,000 that could be brought up the Sacramento River on cruise ships and parked at the Port of West Sacramento. – Adam Silver

He didn’t mention it but there is another reason why even though there are plenty of rooms available in Sac that we still need to expand the hotel region to Rocklin & Davis and it’s because there is a lack of “high-end” rooms available.

The city & county of Sac loses a good portion of the economic benefit from hosting ASGs or other events since so much of it comes through hotel fees & taxes which are heading out of the city and county when the hotel region is expanded.

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February 18, 2023 5:39 pm
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SLC has a lot if nice hotels & restaurants for such a moderate-sized city, but its also an anomaly among cities as many of the population are short-term residents or visitors and they need places to stay. I mean how many cities are the headquarters of an international faith; not too mention that they’re a gateway to some beautiful national parks.

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February 18, 2023 2:43 pm

Don’t know if anyone has mentioned it before but Grand Theft Alvarado is an awesome nickname.

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