LKL All-Star Game
The Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) holds its All-Star Game once every year. The participants are chosen in two ways: the first is via fan ballot, with the leading vote recipients at each position starting the game; secondly the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches of each squad. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a player is injured and cannot participate, the commissioner will select a replacement.
The All-Star Game is played under normal FIBA rules, but there are notable differences from an average game.
The player introductions are usually accompanied by a significant amount of fanfare, including lighting effects, dance music, and pyrotechnics. Special uniforms are designed for the game each year, usually green for the Lithuanians and white for the Time Team. A major recording artist typically sings the national anthem prior to tipoff.
Gameplay usually involves players attempting spectacular slam dunks and alley oops. Defensive effort is limited and the final score of the game is generally much higher than an average LKL game. The coaches also try to give most of the reserve players some time on the court instead of using a limited rotation as they would in a normal game. The fourth quarter of the game is often played in a more competitive fashion if the game is close.
Halftime is also longer than a typical LKL game due to musical performances by various artists.
Every few years, LKL alternates matches from Lietuviai and Time Team (Lietuviai being the All-Star Lithuanian team and Time Team being the All-Star foreigner team) to Vilkai and Ereliai (two teams of mixed foreign and Lithuanian players).
|1995||Šiauliai||Lietuviai||100–91||Time Team||Saulius Štombergas (BC Žalgiris), Patrick Jones (BC Olimpas)|
|1996||Vilnius||Lietuviai||83–81||Time Team||Rimas Kurtinaitis (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|1997||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Vakarai||108–107||Rytai|
|1999||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas|
|2000||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Lietuviai||137–97||Time Team||Mindaugas Timinskas (BC Žalgiris)|
|2001||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Vilkai||124–120||Ereliai||Grigorij Khizhnyak (BC Žalgiris)|
|2002||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Ereliai||125–117||Vilkai||Robertas Javtokas (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2003||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Vilkai||105–97||Ereliai||Arvydas Macijauskas (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2004||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Lietuviai||131–113||Time Team||Tanoka Beard (BC Žalgiris)|
|2005||(Siemens Arena), Vilnius||Time Team||86–74||Lietuviai||Tanoka Beard (BC Žalgiris)|
|2006||(Siemens Arena), Vilnius||Lietuviai||107–88||Time Team||Simas Jasaitis (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2007||(Siemens Arena), Vilnius||Lietuviai||108–108||Time Team||Jonas Mačiulis (BC Žalgiris), Kareem Rush (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2008||(Šiauliai Arena), Šiauliai||Lietuviai||110–109||Time Team||Hollis Price (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2009||(Kaunas Sports Hall), Kaunas||Vilkai||130–122||Ereliai||Chuck Eidson (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2010||(Cido Arena), Panevėžys||Vilkai||109–104||Ereliai||Mindaugas Kuzminskas (BC Šiauliai)|
|2011||(Šiauliai Arena), Šiauliai||Lietuviai||122–114||Time Team||Jonas Valančiūnas (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2012||(Švyturys Arena), Klaipėda||Lietuviai||115–100||Time Team||Jonas Valančiūnas (Lietuvos Rytas)|
|2013||(Šiauliai Arena), Šiauliai||Lietuviai||140–113||Time Team||Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Darjuš Lavrinovič (Žalgiris)|
|2014||(Švyturys Arena), Klaipėda||Vakarai||113–108||Rytai||Justin Dentmon (Žalgiris)|
|2015||(Siemens Arena), Vilnius||Amžini Priešininkai||105–95||LKL Žvaigždės||Travis Leslie (Lietuvos rytas)|
|2016||(Siemens Arena), Vilnius||Replaced by Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė|
The All-Star Game is the featured event of All-Star Day, which also includes a number of popular exhibition games and competitions featuring LKL players.