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Everything you need to know about the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) five each other as the Utah Jazz and the Miami Heat play in an NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Utah won 116-101.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

CHICAGO — NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off on Friday in the Windy City and as always will be jam-packed full of events from Friday through Sunday.

The weekend culminates with the headlining event, the All-Star game, in which the Utah Jazz will be represented by Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, both making their All-Star debuts.

The 69th NBA All-Star game will be broadcast on Sunday at 6 p.m. MT on TNT with coverage beginning at 4 p.m.

Before the main event, the festivities kick off on Friday with the announcement of the 2020 Hall of Fame class (NBA TV, 3 p.m. MT) which will include Kobe Bryant, who will be posthumously inducted.

The NBA celebrity game (ESPN, 5 p.m. MT) and NBA Rising Stars game will round out the first night of All-Star events.

Saturday night’s events begin at 6 p.m. MT on TNT and start with the Skills Challenge, followed by the 3-Point Contest, and closes with the Slam Dunk competition, won by Mitchell in 2018.

It’s of course the Sunday night NBA 2020 All-Star Game that most will be looking forward to this weekend. The game marks the first time since 2017 that the Jazz were represented in the All-Star game with Gordon Hayward. Before that Utah’s Deron Williams was a part of the 2010 and 2011 teams.

Mitchell and Gobert will both be playing for Team Giannis, captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the leading All-Star vote-getter for the Eastern Conference. LeBron James captains the opposing team as the Western Conference’s leading vote-getter.

Each captain drafted players from the pool of available All-Stars on Feb. 6 to determine the All-Star team rosters. Antetokounmpo selected both Jazz players, taking Mitchell with his final selection.

After being named an NBA All-Star on Jan. 30, Mitchell said that he didn’t care what team he played for but that he was hoping to play with teammate Gobert.

“I’m just excited to go out there with Don and my family is going to be there and some of my friends,” Gobert said Wednesday night. “It’s going to be a fun moment and great to represent my team and my country.”

While most of the NBA uses the All-Star break as a midseason vacation, those who participate in the weekend’s events still have the home stretch of the season to worry about once all the fanfare dies down in Chicago.

Gobert said Wednesday that despite the excitement of the All-Star weekend, he is still looking forward to having a break from the regular season and recuperating before returning for what will be a heated playoff push in the Western Conference.

“Going to go out there and have a good time and enjoy a few days off before getting ready for the second half of the season,” he said.

The Jazz head into the All-Star break with a 36-18 record, on a four-game winning streak that follows a season-worst five-game skid.

They currently sit at fourth place in the West, one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers and 5.5 games out of first, which is currently held by the Los Angeles Lakers at 41-12.

The Jazz will return to action on Feb. 21 when they kick off a five-game homestand against the San Antonio Spurs.