Basketball was invented in the 1800s as an activity for people who didn't want to play volleyball but did want to bat around something about the size of a human head. Watch old-fashioned fun with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for one G-Pass to see the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge (a $25.25 value)
- Where: New Orleans Arena
- When: Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m.
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Seating: Sections 304, 312–314, 318–320, or 328–329
- Ticket values include all fees
- Click here to view the seating chart.
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
The Scouting Report
In last year's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, offense was the name of the game. Team Chuck scored 90 points in the first half on its way to a 163–135 victory over Team Shaq that likely had the nets on both ends of the court yearning for a retirement catching butterflies. Though the teams are yet to be selected, this year's game will once again showcase two 10-player squads comprised of first- and second-year NBA stars. The player pool will be selected by NBA assistant coaches, from which a pair of TV analysts will draft the two teams. Fans then vote online to determine which players get to start for each team.
BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
A staple of NBA All-Star pageantry since 1994, the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge has gone through multiple permutations in its two-decade lifespan, but it's goal has remained the same: to showcase the Association's up-and-coming stars. The exhibition began as a de facto rookies all-star game, morphed into a game pitting rookies against second-year players, and finally settled into its current format: a matchup of two teams that combine stars in their first two years of their NBA career. Despite evolving over time, one characteristic has proved consistent: like an exterminator playing Whack-a-Mole, these games produce high scores. No team has failed to score in the triple digits since 2006, and the winning team has surpassed a whopping 140 points every year since 2010.