NBA legends arrive in Charlotte ahead of All-Star Game

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On Thursday, FOX 46 caught up with basketball legends Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley-- who was the MVP of the All-Star Game in 1991-- the last time it was held here in Charlotte.

The former players say the Queen City looks better than ever.

"I don't remember none of this s**t.” 

That's coming from the big man himself, Shaquille O’Neal. His NBA Tip Off crew is in town for the weekend.

"This is basketball country,” said Kenny Smith. 

The former NBA and Tar Heel legend, says college hoops reign in the Carolinas, but there's one Hornets All-Star who's making noise across the country.

"You can play in Charlotte and we're watching Kemba Walker, every night, cross people over."

"I was glad he got the start because he deserves it."

Barkley says Kemba Walker is deserving of his starting role on this season's All-Star squad-- certainly.

"It's the biggest thing we do all year."

There are still a few days of fun before the main event-- plenty of time for our guests to see the maturation of the city.

"I’m like, ‘d**n, where'd that building come from?’ It's beautiful."

Shaq, Kenny and Charles are hosting a party at the Fillmore. 

Remember, it isn't just ballers in town. Celebrities are making their mark all around Charlotte. Click here for a breakdown of when and where we can see some of Hollywood's biggest stars.