Typical Geek’s Guide to NBA All Star Weekend in Toronto
The NBA All Star Weekend is upon us and the whole GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is buzzing with anticipation. We know not everyone is a basketball fan, but this weekend is about much more. There are shows, parties, and of course celebrities will be roaming the streets. This is a once in a lifetime change for you to get in on the fun; hell someone that you know may even get knocked up by an NBA player. That’s why Typical Geek has created this guide for you to navigate through the weekend.
Thursday February 11th
You need to look your best this weekend so get in an ab work out at the All Star Weekend KickOff comedy show at the Comedy Bar. We’ll be there to support our Canadians comedians Aaron Lewin from Richmond Hill and Keesha Brownie from Montreal. The show also stars Demetrius “Juice” Deason from L.A., Barry Brewer from Chicago, our Toronto Raptors rookie Delon Wright, and surprise celebrity guests.
There are two shows at 9pm and 11pm. Click here to purchase tickets
Want to get a head start on the weekend? Why not head over to Wicked Nightclub for The Starlet’s Invasion where countless instafamous girls will be. Tickets are still available. Click here to purchase.
Friday February 12th
The All Star Celebrity Game is going to be at Ricoh Coliseum starting at 7pm and is no doubt going to be a fantastic game. Ok let’s be real. It’s going to be a bunch of celebrities making a fool of themselves, having fun, and one or two may actually be good at basketball. But who cares? All that you need to know is that it will be packed with celebrities and people looking to have a good time.
The East’s head coach is Drake and he is joined by Steve Nash and José Bautista. The players are Stephan James, Win Butler, Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott, Milos Raonic, Kris Wu, Tracy McGrady, Rick Fox, and Tammy Sutton-Brown. The West is being coached by Kevin Hart and the players are Jason Sudeikis, Anthony Anderson, Joel David Moore, Nick Cannon, Chauncey Billups, Muggsy Bogues, Marc Lasry, and Elena Delle Donne.
The Tickets are officially sold out, but don’t worry because it will be aired live on ESPN and we will be sending out real time updates and posts from the game.
The Rising Stars Challenge follows the Celebrity Game at 9pm and features 20 of the up and coming stars like Vaughan’s own Andrew Wiggins. This is a game between first and second year players. It is at the Air Canada Centre and tickets are still available. Click here to purchase. You can also watch this game on TNT.
It’s Friday night and getting colder by the minute. We suggest warming up at Reggae Vs Soca: Nba All Star Edition at Tattoo Nightclub. You can buy tickets here.
Saturday February 13th
The NBA All Star Practice is at 11am and held at Ricoh Coliseum, however it is unfortunately sold out and will not be televised.
On brighter news the 2016 All Star Saturday Night Skills Competition will be held at the Air Canada Centre at 7:30pm. This includes the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. This is my personal favourite event because you get to see the athletes compete outside of the game showcasing skills they don’t always get to. Just like the Celebrity Game we will be in attendance and sending out pics and updates.
Saturday night has a slew of parties but we liked this one in particular; I Love the 90’s Concert Series hosted by Allen Iverson. How can you say no to kicking it back old school and with the man Allen Iverson nonetheless. You can get tickets here.
Sunday February 14th
Finally the day has arrived! 8pm at the Air Canada Centre the 65th NBA All Star Game begins. It will be televised on TNT and is a must watch. We have two Raptors in it this year! The East consists of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry and Dwyane Wade starting; with Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Milsap, and Isaiah Thomas being on the bench. The West has Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Russell Westbrook starting; with Draymond Green, Klay THompson, Chris Paul, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Anthony Davis acting as reserves. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
Now if you’re not tired or broke by this point we recommend going to The All Star Celebrity Party. They have celebrities like 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Cardi B, and several DJs from the States. If you’re feeling to ball out go for their V.V.I.P. Baller Level Booth which is $20K and comes with 20 V.V.I.P. tickets, 10 premium bottles of liquor and 4 champagne. And if you do spring for this package don’t forget to send us an invite. You can get tickets here.
Now if you weren’t lucky, or rich enough to get tickets to anything that we mentioned don’t worry. The NBA is hosting Centre Court Toronto at the Enercare Centre and it takes place from the 12th to the 14th. This is an affordable way for you to get in on the action. There will be stars from the past and present signing autographs and activities to do; including playing ball.
The NBA and tons of celebs have taken over the city so just get out there, have fun, stay warm, and who knows maybe you’ll run into Michael Jordan at the Woodbine Racetrack, Kobe at Goodlife, or Ayesha Curry in STC.