NBA All-Star Game

The National Basketball Association All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted every February by the National Basketball Association and showcases 24 of the league's star players. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend, a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday; the All-Star Game was first played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. The starting lineup for each squad is selected by a combination of fan and media voting, while head coaches choose the reserves, seven players from their respective conferences, so each side has a 12-man roster. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a selected player cannot participate because of injury, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. Starting in 2018, the leading vote-getters for each conference are designated as team captains and can choose from the pool of All-Star reserves to form their teams regardless of conference. LeBron James and Stephen Curry became the first players to choose teams through the new format, selecting players for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in a non-televised draft on January 25.

Due to fan interest in the draft process, captains for the 2019 All-Star Game and Giannis Antetokounmpo, drafted their teams live on TNT. The teams play for a charity of their choice to help the games remain competitive; the head coach of the team with the best record in each conference is chosen to lead their respective conference in the All-Star Game, with a prohibition against consecutive appearances. Known as the "Riley Rule", it was created after perennially successful Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley earned the right to coach the Western Conference team eight times in nine seasons between 1982 and 1990; the coach of the team with the next best record gets to coach instead. The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal. In order to regain public attention to the league, Cohen suggested the league to host an exhibition game featuring the league's best players, similar to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

Although most people, including Podoloff, were pessimistic about the idea, Brown remained confident that it would be a success, he offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses or potential losses incurred from the game. In the first All-Star Game, the Eastern All-Stars team defeated the Western All-Stars team 111–94. Boston Celtics' Ed Macauley was named as the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, the All-Star Game became a success, drawing an attendance of 10,094, much higher than that season's average attendance of 3,500. In 2010, the NBA All Star Game set the attendance record for a basketball game when 108,713 fans jammed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas; this shattered the existing attendance record held at Ford Field on December 13, 2003, when 78,129 attendees watched Michigan State play Kentucky. The 2017 All-Star Weekend was awarded to Charlotte, North Carolina. On March 23, 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2 as a remedy to Charlotte Ordinance 7056; this led to the NBA threatening to pull the game from Charlotte if the bill was not repealed or revised so as to not discriminate against the LGBT community.

The NBA announced on July 2016 that the game would be moved from Charlotte to New Orleans. On October 3, 2017, the NBA and NBPA announced the changes to the NBA All-Star Game format starting with the 2018 NBA All-Star Game; the vote leaders for each conferences will be assigned as team captains and will be able to select players from the rest of the starters and the reserves, regardless of the conference they play in, to form their own teams. This marks the first time, the conferences will not play against each other since the inaugural All-Star Game; the starting five from each conference consists of three frontcourt players and two guards, selected by a combination of fan and media voting. In 2017, the NBA moved from a pure fan vote to a weighted process wherein fan voting accounts for 50% of the total and player and media voting account for 25% each; the league made the change in response to social media campaigns that resulted in mediocre players such as journeyman Zaza Pachulia nearly being voted as All-Star starters over more deserving players.

Prior to 2013, fans selected one center instead of generic frontcourt players. The NBA in 2003 began offering All-Star ballots in three languages—English and Chinese—for fan voting of the starters. NBA coaches vote for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which can be players on their own team; each coach selects two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category. If a multi-position player is to be selected, coaches are encouraged to vote for the player at the position, "most advantageous for the All-Star team", regardless of where the player is listed on the All-Star ballot or the position he is listed in box scores. If a player is unavailable for the game due to injury, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement for the roster. If the replacement is for a fan-selected starter, the all-star coach chooses the replacement in the starting lineup, is not limited to the commissioner's addition to the roster.

It is possible for more than one All-Star to be selected from one team, but there has never been more than four All-Stars represent a team in the game. Most was the 2017 Golden State Warriors who had four players represent that team This has only occurred eight times

George H. Barbour

George H. Barbour was an American lawyer and politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly for one term in the 1960s and two terms in the 1970s, where he represented the 7th Legislative District, before being appointed to serve on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Born in Black Township, Somerset County, Barbour earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University before earning a degree in law at Rutgers Law School-Camden, he served with the United States Army during World War II in Europe and India, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. A resident of Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, he practiced law in his hometown and spent a decade as the township's municipal attorney before pursuing elected office. Barbour died of a heart attack on September 23, 1992, at the age of 75 at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, he was survived by Veronica, as well as by a daughter and four sons. Barbour represented Burlington County in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1962 to 1964, having been elected together with G. Edward Koenig.

Barbour and Koening ran for re-election in 1963, losing to Republicans Robert H. Berglund and Walter L. Smith Jr. In the November 1965 general election, Barbour ran for the New Jersey Senate seat in the 4th Legislative District, which covered all of Burlington County, lost to Republican Edwin B. Forsythe. In November 1971, Barbour and Democratic running mate Charles B. Yates were elected to the New Jersey General Assembly to represent Legislative District 4C, which covered portions of Burlington County, defeating Republicans Harold L. Colburn and Wynn Kennedy. In the November 1973 general election and Yates were elected to represent the 7th Legislative District in the General Assembly, the first election in which the 40-district legislature was established under the terms of the 1964 U. S. Supreme Court decision in Reynolds v. Sims, which required the populations of legislative districts to be as equal as possible; the new 7th District covered much of Burlington County. Barbour and Yates defeated Republican candidates Ralph A. Skowron and William B.

Hawks. Barbour and Yates were re-elected in defeating Bennett E. Bozarth and John F. Vassallo Jr.. For the 1976–77 legislative session, Barbour was elected to served as the Assembly's assistant majority leader. After the state had painted the base of the dome of the New Jersey State House in a shade of blue and Yates introduced legislation in 1972 that would require the dome to be restored with the traditional gold together with an off-white base. A bill introduced by Barbour and signed into law by Governor Byrne in 1974 created a statewide system of scenic trails, with the Appalachian Trail the first to be designated as part of the network. Barbour resigned from the Assembly on September 26, 1976, after being nominated by Governor Brendan Byrne to fill the seat, held by Anthony J. Grossi on the three-member New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, he was sworn into office as the board's third member on October 5 of that year. Herman T. Costello was elected in a November 1976 special election to fill Barbour's vacant seat and was sworn into office on November 8, 1976.

Barbour served as the board's president from 1979 to 1983. In 1980, Barbour served as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention held in New York City that nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale for reelection, having been a longtime chairman of the Burlington County Democratic Committee


Enbun transcribed Embun, was a Japanese era name of the Northern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts after Bunna and before Kōan. This period spanned the years from March 1356 through March 1361. Go-Kōgon's Southern Court rival in Yoshino during this time-frame was Emperor Go-Murakami During the Meiji period, an Imperial decree dated March 3, 1911 established that the legitimate reigning monarchs of this period were the direct descendants of Emperor Go-Daigo through Emperor Go-Murakami, whose Southern Court had been established in exile in Yoshino, near Nara; until the end of the Edo period, the militarily superior pretender-Emperors supported by the Ashikaga shogunate had been mistakenly incorporated in Imperial chronologies despite undisputed recognition that the Imperial Regalia were not in their possession. This illegitimate Northern Court had been established in Kyoto by Ashikaga Takauji. 1356 called Enbun gannen: The new era name was created to mark an event or series of events.

The previous era ended and the new one commenced in Bunna 5. In this time frame, Shōhei was the Southern Court equivalent nengō. 1356: Minamoto no Michisuke was advanced from the court rank of dainagon to naidaijin. 1356: Ashikaga Yoshinori is raised to the second rank of the third class in the court hierarchy. 1357: Emperor Go-Murakami, who had captured former-Emperor Kōgon, former-Emperor Kōmyō and former-Emperor Sukō in 1352, released all three of them and permitted their return from Yoshino to Kyoto. 1358: Death of Ashikaga Takauji. Ackroyd, Joyce. Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 978-0-7022-1485-1 Mehl, Margaret.. History and the State in Nineteenth-Century Japan. New York: St Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-21160-8. Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5. Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22854-2. Nihon Odai Ichiran.

Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691 National Diet Library, "The Japanese Calendar" -- historical overview plus illustrative images from library's collection