The NBA unveiled the court for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game on Tuesday, setting a stage for this weekend’s festivities inspired by the beauty and bright future of Utah, infused with the kinetic energy of the world’s foremost basketball league.
The court is colored in honor of the host team, the Utah Jazz. It is largely black and white, but features bold yellow accents and is stylized to showcase the transformation of the region into a global hub for technology.
The hardwood also features an illustration of five mountains. The touch is offered in honor of Utah’s renowned mountains, featured on Jazz uniforms for decades, as well as an homage to both the rise of the league’s greatest stars and the ascendance of Utah on the global stage.
The number is a nod to the five players that grace the floor each game for NBA teams, designers said.
Jordan Brand previously released the All-Star Game uniforms, featuring colors evoking the Utah sky’s purple and blue tones in the evening as well as the red, burnt orange and yellow hues of the mountains and golden sunset.
The teams will be chosen just before the game in a draft that takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 19 as captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo select their teams pick by pick.
Through the game, almost $1 million will be donated to local charities, in hopes of assisting local children and families, per NBA Cares. Team Giannis will play in honor of Raise the Future, which works to support adopted children and their families in the Salt Lake area. Team LeBron will play in the name of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, which pairs youth in need with mentors.
Across the city, special concerts and pop-up shops will be held during the weekend, with a series of events designed by multi-platinum rapper Travis Scott.