And now it’s time for the always-fun by the numbers, All-Star edition…
2 – All-Star Games in New Orleans (2008 and 2014).
3 – All-Stars participating in the Slam Dunk contest: Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall. It’s only the second time in the event’s history that three All-Stars have taken part in the event. The other year was 1988, when Michael Jordan Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins took part.
5 – All-Star events for Blazers guard Damian Lillard, the first time a player has participated in five events.
12 – Consecutive years the All-Star Game will be shown in prime time on TNT.
29 – Number of years TNT has provided All-Star coverage.
77 – Combined Grammy nominations All-Star Weekend performers have received. (Pharrell – 25; Earth, Wind and Fire – 20; Dr. John – 15; Kendrick Lamar – 7; Janelle Monae – 6; Gary Clark, Jr. – 2; Trombone Shorty – 1; Mack Wilds – 1).
90 – International radio and television outlets and websites that will be on site, with 16 doing live courtside commentary in languages that include Arabic, French, Greek, Hungarian, Mandarin and Polish.
140 – Hours of coverage that will be provided by NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA mobile.
360 – Degree replay views of the action will be provided for the first time by TNT via the innovative freeD (free dimensional video) technology.
1,800 – Media that will cover this weekend’s events, including 265 international reporters.
3,000 – NBA family members, partners and volunteers that will lead the NBA Cares All-Star Community Caravan on four days of hands-on community service that will feature more than 35 projects.
80,000 – Fans that will attend Jam Session over the course of four days.
500,000 – Square feet at Jam Session, which offers more than 40 attractions.
1,416,419 – Votes garnered by leading vote-getter LeBron James, who is making his 10th All-Star appearance.