Here's the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game Roster (and a Few Have Local Ties)
EACH YEAR, the celebrity game is a highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend. As Charlotte plays host to all All-Star activity this year, a slew of high-profile entertainment and sports figures will play the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game at Bojangles Coliseum on Friday, Feb. 15. Among them are a few with local ties.
The "Home" team includes comedian JB Smoove, former Panther Steve Smith, Luke Cage actor Mike Colter, singer Chris Daughtry, TV personality Dr. Oz, WNBA's A'ja Wilson, actor/host Terrance J, comic Famous Los, and rapper Rapsody. The "Away" team includes reigning MVP Quavo of Migos, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen, comic-actor Hasan Minhaj, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, WNBA center Stefani Dolson, performer Bad Bunny, 2K Sports' Ronnie 2K, comedian-podcasters Adam Ray and Brad Williams, actor AJ Buckley, and actor-comedian Amanda Seales.
Each team also has a “hometown hero” for the first time, "honoring exemplary citizens": Jason Weinmann, the 47-year-old Marine who rescued flood victims during Hurricane Florence, and James Shaw Jr., the Nashville man who disarmed a gunman at a restaurant.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Cassidy Hubbarth hosts with Mark Jones on play-by-play duties. Chiney Ogwumike offers analysis while radio host Peter Rosenberg offers commentary. Ruffles is the presenting partner of the game, and one feature they've added is "The RIDGE," a portion of the court that offers players a chance to make a 4-pointer. For every shot made from here, Ruffles donates "$4,000 to foster environments of inclusion in sports in partnership with the Special Olympics, up to $40,000."
Check out the Nike-designed, Charlotte-inspired uniforms for the game below.