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NBA All-Star Friday: Celebrity and Rising Stars Challenge tips off festivities

NBA All-Star weekend begins on Friday with the Celebrity game and rookie/soph Rising Stars game. There are no Pacers involved which is actually a good thing.

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NBA All-Star festivities tip off Friday night in Toronto with some familiar names and young NBA talent providing the entertainment with the annual Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge.

Celebrity Game

The Celebs engage in a North American grudge match with Team Canada, coached by Drake and Steve Nash taking on Team USA guided by comedian Kevin Hart. Fortunately, Chauncey Billups and Mugsy Bouges will be able to help lead Team USA while K Hart distracts  their Canadian counterparts. Here are the details.

Date: Friday, Feb 12

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Place: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto

TV: ESPN

BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

The Rising Stars Challenge has Team USA taking on Team (?) World which will also have a heavy dose of Canadians, including Andrew Wiggins, Dwight Powell and former Tech star Trey Lyles. The rookie/soph game will not include Myles Turner, since his recent rise among his young peers was to late to make the cut. Fortunately, no injuries opened a spot for him. Yes, I say fortunately because I remain extremely paranoid about watching the early mileage on the 19-year-old big man.  Turner resting at home in Texas for a few days sounds fantastic to me. Here are game details.

Date: Friday, Feb. 12

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Place: Air Canada Centre

TV: TNT