Silver paid tribute to both Wade and Nowitzki's contributions to the game.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will be playing his final All-Star game in the National Basketball Association, and he has a request, or rather a demand to former teammate and Western Conference All-Stars captain, LeBron James. After the most recent win over Toronto Raptors, journalists asked Giannis about one of the most prominent young tennis stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and probably the second most famous sportsman from Greece at the moment.
Jokic is genuinely having an MVP caliber season and his all-star appearance is a true reflection of that. Equipped with great athleticism, skills and stamina, Giannis received the NBA Most Improved Player award in 2017, entering All-NBA Second Team in 2017 and 2018 and securing a spot at the All-Star for three straight years as one of the most popular players of the Eastern Division. Drafted fifth overall by the Heat in 2003, he immediately became a household name in Miami, especially after leading the franchise to a championship in just his third season.More news: Lakers Rumors: Front office meets to discuss trade offer for Anthony Davis
Also Friday, Silver announced that Brooklyn's D'Angelo Russell will make his All-Star debut.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is planning a beach getaway over the All-Star break and wasn't thinking about watching the All-Star matchup, said he might have to amend his plans and be in front of a television for the game.
Nowitzki will also be participating in the Three-Point Contest during All-Star Saturday Night on February 16.
James will get the first pick of the two and, given his close friendship and playing years with Wade, is expected to select the 37-year-old.
"He better pick me", Wade said.