NBA All-Star Weekend 2013: No Suns, but plenty of Charles Barkley

Kevork Djansezian

The Phoenix Suns are absent from the All-Star weekend festivities, but the new format and exciting scoring system should make for an entertaining series of events.

NBA All-Star Weekend in 2013 may not feature any Phoenix Suns players, but there's still plenty of action to watch out for as the schedule of events is stacked with skilled guards, high-flying dunkers and the NBA's best in a format that will add more meaning to every outcome.

The new format will feature the East vs. the West in four events on Saturday. The winning team will be the conference that has the most points at the end of All-Star Saturday night, with the winning squad getting a cash prize to donate to the charity of their choice.

Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will captain the West while the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade will lead the East.

Houston had better get ready for a show, because that's precisely what's coming on Feb. 16-17. Here's a breakdown of all the events fans can expect to see including times and TV coverage:

Friday, Feb. 15

All Times Eastern (ET)

10:30 a.m | BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Practice | NBA TV
Noon | Basketball Hall of Fame announcement | NBA TV
12:30 p.m. | NBA GameTime: All-Star interviews | NBA TV
1:30 p.m. | NBA All-Star Media Day Live Stream | NBA.com
5 p.m. | The Beat | NBA TV
6 p.m. | The Jump | NBA TV
7 p.m. | Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | ESPN
9 p.m. | BBVA Rising Stars Challenge | TNT
11 p.m. | Inside The NBA | TNT
11:30 p.m. | NBA GameTime | NBA TV

Saturday, Feb. 16

All Times Eastern (ET)

Noon | East/West Practice & Player Interviews | NBA TV
3 p.m. | 2013 D-League All Star Game | NBA TV
-- D-League Dunk Contest at halftime
7 p.m. | Commissioner Stern news conference | NBA TV
7 p.m. | Open Court, All-Star | TNT
8 p.m. | TNT NBA Tip-Off | TNT
8:30 p.m. | NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm | TNT
-- 2013 Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
-- 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
-- 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
-- 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)
11 p.m. | TNT NBA Special | TNT
12 a.m. | NBA TV All-Star Weekend presented by Kia | NBA TV

Sunday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern (ET)

1 p.m. | Legends Brunch | NBA TV
5 p.m. | NBA GameTime All-Star | NBA TV
6 p.m. | Sprint Pregame Concert | NBA TV
7 p.m. | TNT NBA Tip-Off | TNT
8 p.m. | NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia | TNT
11 p.m. | Inside the NBA | NBA TV

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