The 2019 NBA All-Star Game has made its way back to Charlotte for the first time since 1991. In addition to the league, a number of its sponsors and other brands have taken over the city for a weekend of events. Along with on-the-court activities, the Qcitymetro team is bringing you some of the major arts, business and community events taking place throughout the weekend.
Sunday, Feb. 17 — Day 4
On the biggest stage of the weekend, here are six moments with Carolina connections during the All-Star Game.
Kemba Walker Intro
For the first time in his career, Kemba was named an All-Star starter. The hometown hero received roaring applause as his name was announced.
“I kind of got goosebumps at how loud the crowd was for me, he said. “I just really appreciate that. They showed me a lot of love. I appreciate you all. Thank you.”
Childhood memories on the court were a few of the storylines surrounding Stephen Curry’s homecoming.
“It’s an amazing weekend to be back in Charlotte and pretty much everything I imagined it to be,” Curry said. “Having my family and friends, people I grew up with…come out and celebrate how influential, and important, Charlotte is to me and my entire family.”
Anthony Hamilton sings the national anthem
The soulful rendition by the Charlotte native had social media buzzing. How can Charlene not come home after that?
Khris Middleton catches fire
The Charleston, S.C. native didn’t shoot well in the 3-point contest Saturday night, but he made up for it in the All-Star Game. The first time all-star finished with 20 points including going 6/10 on 3-point field goals. Unfortunately, his squad, Team Giannis — which also included Kemba and Steph — fell to Team LeBron, 178-164.
J. Cole halftime performance
J. Cole might not have thrown down the dunk attempt during Saturday’s slam dunk contest, but the Fayetteville native ignited the crowd during his halftime performance. Let’s not forget about that fresh retro Hornets jacket he wore.
Charlotte passes the ball to Chicago
On his 56th birthday, basketball icon and Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan passed the ceremonial All-Star basketball to the 2020 host city, Chicago — a place where he’s immortalized as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
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Kallan Louis is a writer and consultant for qcitymetro.com. He does a lot, but never feels like he’s doing enough. His life can be described as a Venn Diagram: News media, Black culture and sports. He’s always on TV, but rarely seen.