NBA Reveals HBCU-Themed All-Star Court

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.

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.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant will choose their squad from a pool of 23 players.

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.

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