2013 NBA All Star Weekend Previews: The Celebrity All Star Game
Sure, the dunk contest and NBA All-Star game provide brilliant entertainment for even the casual basketball fan. But don’t go passing up the Celebrity All-Star game so quickly either.
One of my personal highlights of the All-Star weekend, the celebrity game this year is sure to cater for just about anyone.
To give us Aussies some sort of idea of what this game consists of, picture this: Alf Stewart dunking over John Farnham, Guy Sebastian fully equipped with the regulation headband through his thick afro while running the point, K-Rudd shooting air balls from the corner after his goggles fog up…
It is pretty much the same thing, only replace the Aussies with American celebrities. Some of who can actually ball.
This year we are particularly spoiled as we have possibly the greatest athlete on the planet about to put on a show.
Usain Bolt, the two-time 100- and 200-metre gold medalist is going to strut his stuff on the basketball court. For me this game will be worth watching just to see the 6-foot-5 superstar in action.
Good luck to whoever is trying to guard him in transition. Bolt is going to get the opportunity to throw down some jams, and I am looking forward to the celebrations just as much as the dunks themselves.
As Australians, we too will have someone to cheer on in this game. Arne Duncan (no relation to Tim) is the United States Secretary of Education.
Well Duncan actually played professional basketball here in Australia for the old NBL team, the Eastside Spectres. So when he steps out onto the court, he will be representing Australian basketball. Former Boomers coach Brian Goorjian, who coached Duncan, maintains his belief that he was the best import that he introduced to the NBL.
The Celebrity All-Star MVP from last year, Kevin Hart will be looking to go back to back while Trey Songz actually named his previous albums “Gotta Make It” and “Trey Day” as homage to the event.
R&B artist Ne-Yo will be boogying up and down the court; although I’m not sure David Stern has given his legendary Fedora the NBA’s tick of approval.
As for you ladies out there asking where Justin Bieber is this year, never fear–Hunger Games heartthrob Josh Hutcherson will provide some eye candy.
And then for those hoping for a glimpse of past NBA talent, Dikembe Mutombo and his waggling finger will be there looking to put these pretenders in their places, as will Clyde Drexler, Bruce Bowen and Sean Elliot.
Other participants include Nick Cannon (actor), Terrence Jenkins (E! News), Common (rapper), John Schriffen (ABC News), Ryen Russillo (ESPN), Tamika Catchings (WNBA) and Maya Moore (WNBA).
There is no doubt this game has something for everyone, it’s the perfect way to kick off the celebration that is the NBA All-Star weekend.
Who’s currently the dark horse for the MVP and how high will Usain Bolt fly? Will it eclipse Michael Jordan?