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NBA's All-Star media day will be open to the public

NBA's All-Star media day will be open to the public
The NBA All-Star game is in Los Angeles this year. (NBA)

The NBA will make All-Star media day open to the public for the first time on Feb. 17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, including autograph and photo opportunities with former players and yet-to-be-announced celebrities.

Aside from seeing media members conduct interviews with All-Star players and competitors, fans both at the convention center and around the world can see and hear interviews livestreamed at mediaday.nba.com.

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Tickets are on sale at NBATickets.com for $10. The league announced that all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward nonprofit journalism organizations that will be selected by the NBA and a panel of media members from the Association for Women in Sports Media, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Professional Basketball Writers Assn.

Ro Parrish of NBA TV will host a live show from the All-Star media day event, which will also feature an opportunity for fans to meet team mascots and dance-team members.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for media day, with former NBA players available from 11:30 a.m. to noon and skills competition competitors available from noon to 12:30 p.m. Members of Team LeBron will be interviewed by the media from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., followed by interviews with members of Team Stephen from 1:15-2 p.m.

The L.A. Convention Center is also hosting a fan zone called NBA Crossover on Friday through Sunday. All-Star weekend festivities open Friday with a celebrity game at the convention center at 4 p.m. followed by the Rising Stars game, which is scheduled to feature the Lakers' Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, at 6 p.m. at Staples Center.

The All-Star game, which tips off at 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 18, will conclude the activities for the weekend.

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