Basketball stars answer media questions at the start of NBA All-Star weekend

A woman walks down a flight of stairs with an advertisement for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, in Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on Feb 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A woman walks down a flight of stairs with an advertisement for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, in Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on Feb 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The stars are out in New York City, as the National Basketball Association (NBA) basketballers descend upon Madison Square Garden for the All-Star Weekend festivities.

They were out in force on Friday at a Manhatten hotel entertaining hundreds of journalists during the NBA All-Star Game Media Day.

More than 1,800 media are covering the NBA All-Star weekend, including a record 534 international media from 52 countries –more than double last year’s total of 265 in New Orleans.

The All-Star weekend features a record 16 international players in a season when a record 101 foreign players were on NBA rosters.

Straits Times correspondent Sanjay Nair was present at the Media Day proceedings. Here are some videos he took of the All-Stars fielding media questions.