The NBA All-Star Game was a huge success in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. LeBron James remains the main attraction.
James played 11 seasons for the Cavaliers and won a title in 2016. He also led Cleveland to five Finals appearances in just two stints. The 37-year-old has been awarded All-Star MVP honors three years running and is expected to perform in front of his fans.
James was greeted with thunderous applause during pregame introductions. Steph Curry of Golden State was booed by the Cleveland crowd, who beat the Cavs in three Finals.
Macy Gray, an Ohio native, performed the national anthem with a guitarist. Ryland James sang "O Canada."
Chris Paul, a Phoenix guard, is expected to continue playing despite sustaining a thumb injury. TNT announced that the 12-time All-Star would be out for 6-8 weeks before the game.
The league will pay tribute to its 75th anniversary team during a special halftime ceremony. The tribute will include legendary figures such as Kareem AbdulJabbar and Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson.
LeBron James will be returning to the place where he started his professional career. He will lead a powerful, hand-picked team in All-Star Game. The league also celebrates its 75th anniversary team.
James is now 4-0 since 2018 when the league changed the format of the game. Two captains can select teams from an All-Star pool. James' Team LeBron team includes three former league MVPs, Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
James is now in his fourth season as a Los Angeles Lakers player. He played 11 years in Cleveland, and led the Cavaliers towards the 2016 title. He may be adding another MVP to his list at 37 years old.
Mitchell, the Utah Jazz's guard, will not be able to play because of illness. Mitchell was originally scheduled to appear for Team LeBron in Mitchell's third All-Star appearance. However, he said that he had an upper respiratory illness.
Kevin Durant will be the team captain. However, Brooklyn's star is still recovering from a knee injury and won't play. Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers' leading scorer in the NBA, will be part of Team Durant.
Halftime will see the league pay tribute to the game's heroes with up 50 players from the 75th anniversary in attendance at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.