The NBA cares. And the NBA hopes you will care about its All-Star weekend festivities, too.

This year's All-Star Saturday contests will feature a new, second-level competition. Think team track or gymnastics. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference contestants in the Shooting Stars, slam dunk, three-point and skills competitions will battle for points and a team victory, with Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade serving as captains.

We don't know exactly how anything will be different, but it's going to send $500,000 to charities. So that's cool. From the NBA's news release:

In addition, NBA Cares and State Farm will make a joint donation of $500,000 as part of the event, with $350,000 going to the winning conference's charities and $150,000 to the runner-up conference's charities. The Eastern Conference will be playing for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Make-A-Wish America, while the Western Conference will compete for Boys & Girls Club of America and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. The charities were selected by Wade and Paul, the NBA, and State Farm.