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NBA All-Star Preview: A’ja Wilson and Dawn Staley prepare to take All-Star Weekend by storm

The two South Carolina-based superstars represent just some of the women’s basketball talent gracing NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A’ja Wilson was the star of the 2018 WNBA All-Star Weekend and will likely be the focus of cameras at the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend as well.
Photo by Eli Eijadi/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend begins today, as the best in men’s and women’s basketball come together NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate the game.

South Carolina and USA Women’s National Team coach Dawn Staley, along with Las Vegas Aces forward and reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson, are among the stars of the basketball universe descending upon this weekend’s All-Star festivities.

Wilson, who played college ball under Staley at South Carolina — and with Team USA this summer, culminating in the 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal — will once again be on a Staley-coached team at tonight’s All-Star Celebrity Game.

In addition to the hometown favorites of Staley and Wilson, WNBA players from three other teams will make appearances in Charlotte this weekend as a player, a coach and a judge (see below). Plus, a handful of well-known women’s players and coaches are eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the finalists for which will be named this evening.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend and which women’s stars to look out for:

NBA All-Star Weekend schedule

Hall of Fame Announcement

When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. ET

How to watch: NBA TV

Notes: The announcement of the finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will kick off the main All-Star Weekend festivities. A complete list of candidates, including for the new Women Veterans direct-elect committee, can be found here.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

How to watch: ESPN

Notes: This year’s All-Star Celebrity Game will be played between a team composed of people who are from or played in North or South Carolina and a team representing the rest of the world. Dawn Staley will head the Home Team with A’ja Wilson on her roster, while Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird will coach the Away Team, which features Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson.

2019 MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars

When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

How to watch: TNT

Notes: Two teams of first- and second-year NBA players will face off in a game between Team USA and Team World. Complete rosters can be found here.

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

How to watch: TNT

Notes: The Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk Contest are Saturday’s main events, and a list of participants in each can be found here. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker and A’ja Wilson will be on the judging panel for the Slam Dunk Contest.

68th NBA All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

How to watch: TNT, TBS

Notes: The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will duke it out Sunday night with their hand-picked teams chosen during the first-ever televised NBA All-Star Draft. Complete rosters can be found here.