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Bucks entertainment team to play big role in hosting NBA All-Star Game

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The people who make Bucks games exciting and fun to watch will go with Khris Middleton and Giannis to join in the NBA All-Star Game festivities.

These are the people who make all the magic for the Bucks at Fiserv, and now five of them will make it on the international stage.

“It’s the pinnacle. Besides the NBA Finals, what’s really bigger than the All-Star Game? It’s like 10 times,” the Bucks In-Game host said, Melanie Ricks.

Ricks, along with DJ Shawna Nicols, are two familiar faces who will be heading to Cleveland to help entertain the All-Star Game.

Johnny Watson, executive arena and event presentation producer for the Bucks, said it was not his first time.

Watson said they have been planning for two to three months with the NBA and other parties to prepare for the league’s 75th anniversary celebration.

“It’s quite an elaborate process, from the pre-game ceremony, to the in-game entertainment, to the half-time ceremony, so there’s a lot going on,” Watson said.

Lights, music and competitions – they’ll be rehearsing and gearing up for the unique event which they say is much more intense than your typical home game.

“We are all the time, so where on Sunday we have the basketball game, so when the basketball game is on, you have a chance to reset, wait for the next time – Saturday night, it’s not stop,” said programming and live entertainment director Kate Ulrich.

Everyone involved said it was an honor to represent our hometown of Milwaukee to the world.

“A, being chosen for the All-Star Game is such an honor, and then B, being in a building with the biggest names as players and maybe in terms of entertainment, it’s different,” said DJ Shawna.

“It’s different, because you’re working with the best of the best,” Ricks said.

Bucks staff will also be joined by Cleveland Cavaliers staff.