When Team LeBron and Team Durant face off in Atlanta this weekend, they will tip off on an HBCU-themed All-Star Court.
The NBA reached out to several HBCU alumni to create custom artwork for this one-of-a-kind design for the hardwood.
The colorful take features educational symbols such as open books and graduation caps, as well as musical instruments and a marching band figure in a nod to HBCU culture.
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Marching bands from Grambling State and Florida A&M will perform during player introductions.
Previously, NBA officials said the league and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) would commit more than $ 2.5 million in funds and resources toward Historically Black Colleges and Universities and “support and awareness around equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief and vaccines.”
This will include $ 500,000 in scholarship funding to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the United Negro College Fund.
An additional $ 750,000 will be distributed to various organizations based on competitions within the game, such as awarding whichever team leads at the end of the quarter $ 150,000 to donate to an organization.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis is out with an injury.
Each captain can pick 11 players regardless of their conference affiliation.
The 70th NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for March 7 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Coverage starts at 5 p.m. ET on TNT, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest, starting at 6:30 p.m.