Staples Center

Los Angeles, California

February 18-20, 2011









Los Angeles, a city with a reputation for producing highly successful sequels, and STAPLES Center, considered one of the world’s best arenas for sports and entertainment, have been selected to host NBA All-Star 2011, marking the fifth time The City of Angels and the second time STAPLES Center will be the site of the annual celebration, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced at a press conference today in Los Angeles. AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Stern at the announcement.

The 60th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 20 at STAPLES Center which will also host the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam and NBA All-Star Saturday Night. NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the hugely successful interactive basketball celebration, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Additionally, the NBA has the ability to activate the great hospitality and event spaces across the street from STAPLES Center within L.A. LIVE including the new Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels. Los Angeles becomes the first city to host five NBA All-Star Games.









Frequently Asked Questions









The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game takes place annually during the NBA All Star Weekend and features retired NBA players, WNBA players, athletes, actors, musicians.



The NBA Rookie Challenge and youth Jam is a competition held during the NBA All-Star Weekend.  The game features a team of standout first-year players ('Rookies') against a team of the leading players who are in their second season of NBA experience ('Sophomores').




The Shooting Stars Competition is a contest which involves a current NBA player, a WNBA player and a retired NBA player representing their teams' city competing together in a shooting competition. The competition itself is time based, involving shooting from six locations of increasing difficulty and making all six shots in sequential order. Shot one is a 10-ft bank shot from the right angle, shot two is a 15-ft bank shot from the left angle, shot three is a straight on NBA three pointer, shot four is an 18-footer from the right baseline, shot five is an NBA three pointer from the left side and shot six is a half court shot. There is a two minute time limit for each attempt and the top two times advance to a head-to-head final round.



Skill Challenge is a competition among guards. In this contest, participant first shoots a layup. After dribbling between three obstacles, the player must throw a pass into a first net that does not touch the ground and followed it with another pass into a second net that must touch the ground. Then, the player shoots a jump shot from 20-feet from the basket. Next, the player must throw a long pass from close to the basket into a third net. Finally, the player will dribble between a second set of three obstacles and complete the challenge with a layup or shot. When all of these tasks are completed successfully, the timer is stopped. Out of four participants, the two with the fastest times advance to the finals. The final round is played in the same way as the first round with the player with the fastest times winning the contest. In the contest, basic ball-handling rules must be observed.




Three-Point Shootout in this contest, participants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible from five positions behind the three-point arc. Players begin shooting from one corner of the court, and move from station to station along the three point arc until they reach the other corner.  At each shooting station is a rack with five basketballs. Out of the five balls, four are worth one point and the fifth one is worth two points. The goal of this contest is to score as many points as possible under the one minute mark. The perfect score is 30 points.




The contest currently uses fan voting, via text-messaging, to determine the winner of the final round.



H-O-R-S-E Competition

The modern-day All-Star Competition is similar to that of regular H–O–R–S–E, where each participant takes shots from unconventional locations and in unconventional ways to diminish their opponents' chances of duplicating the shot. Certain rule adjustments were made, however, that differ from conventional H–O–R–S–E competition:

  • No dunking is allowed.

  • Players have 24 seconds each to create and mimic shots.

  • An NBA referee authenticates the new shots (that the player executed what he announced) and any mimic shot.

The game takes place on a 45 feet 0 inches (13.72 m) 50 feet 0 inches (15.24 m) court, which is exactly one-half the size of a regulation length basketball court.








The Eastern Conference All-Star team plays against the Western Conference All-Stars. Also announced is the game's MVP.







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