The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, February 20th at the world famous Staples Center. Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) will host a welcome reception on Thursday, February 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Broadway Bar, 830 So. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. This event will feature a tribute to the NBA Retired Players Association. The next day, Friday, February 18 Assemblyman Hall will be at the Millennium Biltmore hotel participating with and honoring Behind The Bench, an organization comprised of the wives of retired NBA players.

According to Assemblyman Hall, “While the All-Star Game celebrates the best basketball players in the country today, each year the NBA Retired Players Association participates in many celebrations and functions leading up to the All-Star game. I want to honor the contributions of these particular stars that have given so much to the game and then on a consistent basis continued to contribute to the communities through social activism and charitable works. This is a cause for true celebration.”

At the Thursday night event, Assemblyman Hall will recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of the NBA Retired Players Association. In particular, he will recognize retired players, Lucious Allen and Sam Williams who serve as President and Vice-President of California Legends, the Los Angeles chapter of the Retired Players Association. At the Friday night, Behind The Bench event, Hall will help celebrate the contributions of NBA couples who have contributed time, resources, and efforts to the improvement of the community. Those who will be honored include; Elgin and Elaine Baylor, Walt and Jaleeza Hazzard, Theo and Kristina Ratliff, Keith and Adrienne Erickson, Mitch and Julie Richmond.