Comedian Kevin Hart took home his fourth consecutive MVP award at this weekend’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as part of the NBA all-star festivities in front of an excited crowd at the legendary Madison Square Garden. The event marked the first time that the celebrity game had taken place inside an NBA arena, according to Doug Feinberg from the Associated Press.
Hart scored 15 points in a losing effort as his East team lost to the West 57-51, with WNBA star Schoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream leading all scorers with 17 points.
Hart’s team included rapper Common, actor Chadwick Boseman, NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow, Paralympian Blake Leeper, actor Abhishek Bachchan, actor/comedian Michael Rapaport, former New York Knick Allan Houston, and the WNBA’s Tina Charles and Schimmel. The West team consisted of alliterative comedians Sarah Silverman and Anthony Anderson, actor Ansel Elgort, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, actor Jesse Williams, host/comedian Nick Cannon, Little League World Series superstar pitcher Mo’ne Davis, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, former Golden State Warrior Chris Mullins, and the WNBA’s Skylar Diggins, according to Interrobang.
Hart provided for plenty of comedic moments, including trash talking his own teammates and diving for the ball in a display of mock seriousness and hustle that resulted in 5’4″ Hart getting tangled up with the 6’4″ Butler. Perhaps the highlight of the game came before the end of the first quarter when Davis, also a skilled basketballer, crossed Hart up and blew by him with a spin move that nearly juked Hart out of his sneakers.
“That was pretty cool. I work on it, but usually don’t do it. It was the right time to do it. It was a lot of fun, a lot of people never saw me play basketball. To play in the celebrity All-Star game was pretty cool.”
Hart, who earlier in the week announced that his next tour would be “the biggest comedy tour ever,” which will see Hart be the first comedian to headline an NFL stadium according to Toya Sharee of Madame Noire, announced his retirement from the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, citing a desire to “go out on top.”
“It’s my fourth MVP. I can’t do no more.”
In a gesture displaying class and sentimentality, Hart took the opportunity to honor the memory of late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott while Scott’s daughters were in attendance for the festivities.