After announcing his retirement last year, four-time NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Kevin Hart turns to the sidelines as head coach of the USA Team against rapper and hip-hop star Drake’s Canada squad in Friday night’s annual showdown at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Serving as the opening act to the NBA’s full All-Star Weekend, the 15th celebrity game brings together some of the league’s biggest fans who also happen to littler Hollywood, and the worlds of music and sports.
Last year, Hart’s Eastern Conference squad won 57-51 behind his 15 points, marking the fourth straight year the “Ride Along” and “Get Hard” actor’s team has claimed a victory.
Clearly, Hart enters the heated matchup with far more experience, though Drake has participated in the game before. Back in 2010 he was an assistant coach to Magic Johnson’s Western Conference team but it fell 41-37 with actor Michael Rapaport earning MVP honors.
Though the game is an exhibition, bragging rights will be on the line and Hart’s team may have an edge in terms of overall talent. Former NBA stars Chauncey Billips and Muggsy Bogues lead Team USA’s roster, along with reigning WNBA MVP and star Elena Delle Donne.
Comedic actor Anthony Anderson, “America’s Got Talent” co-host Nick Cannon, actors O’Shea Jackson, Joel David Moore, Terrence Jenkins, and Jason Sudeikis, as well as Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry round out Hart’s squad. The Celtics' Isaiah Thomas and Pistons' Andre Drummond will serve as Hart’s assistant coaches beside Spurs assistant Becky Hammon.
However, Drake’s squad isn’t lacking for talent or skill. Former Laker Rick Fox, Tracy McGrady, and former WNBA player Tammy Sutton-Brown will lineup for Team Canada, as will pro tennis players Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard, and actors Tom Cavanagh, Stephan James, and actor and singer Kris Wu. “Property Brothers” hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott and Arcade Fire singer Win Butler are also part of the squad.
Former Suns guard and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash is part of an All-Star coaching unit for Drake, beside Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.
Start Time: Friday, 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
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Drew and Jonathan Scott
Elena Delle Donne
Joel David Moore
O'Shea Jackson Jr.