The NBA All-Star Celebrity game will be played live on Friday night.
This highly-anticipated match has been known for helping to kick-off NBA All-Star Weekend. A three-day event known for impressive three-point shooting, unbelievable dunks, and the televised opportunity for rivals to play on the same team in an East vs. West battle.
Time and Location: 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
Live Stream Link: WatchESPN
Television Station: ESPN
According to the confirmed list of players for the All-Star Celebrity Game, this year’s match might just be one of the best games of the decade so far.
- Kevin Hart (The Wedding Ringer)
- Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)
- Anthony Anderson (Black-Ish)
- Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up)
- Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent)
- Michael Rapaport (Hitch)
- Abhishek Bachchan (Bollywood star)
Kevin Hart is definitely not a new face at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The Think Like a Man Too actor has actually received the game’s MVP award three times.
Divergent star Ansel Elgort is actually an experienced basketball player, especially since the 20-year-old actor played while attending LaGuardia High School in New York. In a recent interview, Elgort opened up about his planned strategy for the All-Star Celebrity Game.
“If my team needs scoring, I’ll help step up, but mostly I’ll attack the basket,” he said. “I’d rather make the extra pass, rebound. And a lot of people say that because they can’t play at all – but I can play, if I need to score I can score. I just think that basketball’s a team game.”
- Rapper Common
- Lead vocalist Win Butler of Arcade Fire
Most people are already aware of Common’s love for basketball, especially since he was very convincing as an NBA player in the 2010 romantic comedy, Just Wright starring Queen Latifah.
Although he hasn’t played a basketball player on the big screen, Montreal native Win Butler has hosted a charity basketball game in his hometown for several years.
- Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
- Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
- Tina Charles, New York Liberty
- Chris Mullin, NBA Hall of Famer
- Mo’ne Davis, Little League phenom
- Blake Leeper, U.S. Paralympic gold-medalist
- Allan Houston, New York Knicks Assistant General Manager
- Robert Pera, Memphis Grizzlies owner
- Kristen Ledlow, “NBA Inside Stuff” co-host
Director Spike Lee and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will be coaching alongside ESPN Radio show Mike and Mike co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
Isaiah Austin, NBA Cares ambassador, will be an assistant coach for the first time in an NBA All-Star game.
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