Feb 12 2016 BY Gerald Onyango

The NBA All-Star 2016 weekend is finally with us and this year is looking to be a special one with the coveted weekend being hosted outside of the US in Toronto, Canada. The weekend kicks off today with a celebrity game that features the Canadian celebs vs. the American celebs with either team headed up by Drake and Kevin Hart respectively as well as the Rising Stars game. Ahead of the All-Star game on Sunday, tomorrow sees the annual NBA Slam Dunk Contest with Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon going up against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and last year’s winner Zach Lavine. Ahead of tomorrow’s competition, we caught up with Aaron Gordon about his thoughts, aims and best memories of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

What are you most looking forward to in being part of All Star Weekend:

“I am just looking forward to all the excitement and being nervous and being anxious to go out in front of all those people; having legends of the game judging you and everyone watching to see what you do. It will be a great feeling that you are trying to accomplish a dunk in that situation.”


What are you planning for the Dunk Contest yourself:

“I can’t tell you! But I have been in other dunk contests before – the McDonalds All-American dunk contest in 2013 – and I know I have to bring a lot of stuff. There are a lot of good dunkers there, so I know I’ll need to bring something extra.”


What do you know about appearing in your first All Star Weekend:

“I have got some advice from Victor (Oladipo), and he told me not to do your best dunk first, keep something up your sleeve.”


What are your favourite dunk contest memories:

“Vince Carter, obviously, and Nate Robinson. I didn’t like that it took him so many tries, but I liked that he jumped over Dwight (Howard)!”


NB: Gordon will be the sixth Magic player to appear in the contest after Otis Smith (1991), Nick Anderson (1992), Darrell Armstrong (1996), Dwight Howard (2007, 08, 09) and Oladipo (2015). Howard won the competition in 2008.

NBA All-Star 2016 from Toronto, will be broadcast on BT Sport 1. Coverage includes:
–          Friday evening/Saturday morning, 2am: BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
–          Saturday evening/Sunday morning, 1.30am: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
–          Sunday evening/Monday morning, 1.30am: The 65th NBA All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre in Toronto