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The NBA All-Star Game 2020 
Chicago rolls out the red carpet for one of the sports world's biggest and most popular annual events
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February 14, United Center, 8 p.m. –– The Rising Stars Challenge features the top rookies and second-year players in a game to showcase their already-admirable skills.
February 14, Wintrust Arena, 6 p.m. ––The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game spotlights the basketball abilities of celebrities from movies, TV and music as they play alongside former NBA stars and WNBA players.
February 14-16, Navy PIer –– NBA Crossover highlights the NBA’s connection to pop culture, music, art, fashion and technology. (February 14, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; February 15, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; February 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
February 15, Wintrust Arena, 9:30 a.m. –– NBA All-Star Practice & Practice Day. Attendees can watch All-Stars as they are interviewed by media from around the world before practicing for the big game the next day.  
February 15, United Center –– All-Star Saturday Night is the biggest day leading up to the actual All-Star Game with three fan-favorites, including: The Skills Challenge, a timed obstacle course that includes dribbling, passing and shooting stations; The 3-Point Contest that determines who’s the best at long-range shooting; and, finally, the much-anticipated Slam Dunk Contest, the show of shows, where contestants showcase their amazing creativity and athletic abilities.
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For more information and tickets, go to www.nbaevents.com/allstar.
LeBron James, a four-time NBA MVP and the face of the league, will be among the NBA's best when the All-Star Game is played in Chicago. 
  WHEN the NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off Valentine’s Day in Chicago, the city will be in the world’s spotlight, hosting one of sports’ iconic events that will be heightened by various activities, including musical performances from some of the top names in entertainment.
   The 69th All-Star Game on February 16 will be the centerpiece of the blowout weekend, but prior to the NBA’s best players showing up at the United Center, Chicago will be the hottest spot in the nation for three full days as the host of a variety of major events, A-list parties and other must-attend gatherings associated with a game that will feature players such as LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and current league MVP Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.  
   This will mark the third time that Chicago hosts the event, the first time since Michael Jordan was voted MVP at the 1988 game held at the Chicago Stadium. Each year the game attracts major celebrities, former and current athletes, business leaders and fans from around the world. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of the weekend, Grammy Award-winner Chance The Rapper and his brother, rap artist Taylor Bennett, have agreed to serve as “NBA All-Star Ambassadors,” partnering with the NBA, the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Sports Commission to develop inclusive community and fan-driven programs to enrich the experience for fans.
   In addition to their roles as ambassadors, Chance and Taylor––as well as Grammy-, Emmy, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning artist, actor author and activist Common––are scheduled to perform in connection with the game. Taylor will take the stage during halftime of the NBA Rising Stars game on February 14 at United Center. On All-Star game day, Common will deliver an account of the connection between basketball and the city prior to introducing the players. Halftime will be rocking when Chance and his special guests perform a medley of hits, including entries from his first studio CD, The Big Day. “Me and my brother have a bunch of plans, a bunch of parties and a bunch of things in mind. We’re going to turn it out Chicago style,” says Chance, a noted rapper, songwriter and humanitarian. “Every time I perform in the city I get those superpowers because I’m at home. Yes, I’m going to bring out a few special guests, play some special songs. Every time I get on TV I do my thing, so I’m excited about it.”
NBA All-Star Ambassador Chance The Rapper and Grammy- and Oscar-winner Common.
   Thanks to the TNT broadcast, the game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories and will be delivered in more than 40 languages. But for those who will be in Chicago, this year’s “NBA All-Star Ambassador” has a plan to deliver the ultimate fan experience. “I feel like the biggest part of being the ambassador is actually touching the city,” Chance The Rapper says. “I got people on all sides––organizations and initiatives on all sides of the city. So we’ll make sure that everybody is represented, everybody gets to feel that when the city comes alive they are represented.”
Here’s a look at the schedule for other NBA-related events during All-Star Weekend:
Former NBA MVP and scoring champion James Harden
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"I look at everything that comes to me as a challenge. Anytime I win an award or get called to do something that's huge like this [ambassador], I look at it as me having to fill the shoes for that, and I like to say that I rise to the occasion in most cases."
––Chance The Rapper