Quavo, Common, Jidenna and more to play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Chance The Rapper and Common will serve as Team Captains for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
A long list of big names have been announced to play in the All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 14 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
Chance The Rapper and Common will serve as the team captains for each team and the pair will also perform at halftime of the game. ESPN personalities Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon will serve as the coaches for the game. Guy Fieri will be the assistant coach alongside Smith and Jesse Williams will assist alongside Wilbon.
Wilbon’s “home” team will include Common, Bad Bunny, Famous Los, Hannibal Buress, Quentin Richardson, Chelsea Gray and Jidenna. Smith’s “away” team includes Chance The Rapper, Taylor Bennett, Quavo, Darius Miles, A’ja Wilson, Anthony “Spice” Adams and Lil Rel Howery.
This year, the celebrity game will offer a new feature. The game’s sponsor, Ruffles, has created a 4-point line called “The Ridge.” Players can shoot from that line during the game and Ruffles will donate $4,000 to the Special Olympics for every shot made from that spot.
The celebrity game will kick off an entire weekend of events including the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, skills challenge, 3-point contest, dunk contest, and the NBA All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center. The game will feature a new format this year and both teams will use their jersey numbers as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
Team Giannis will wear No. 24 on their jerseys to honor Bryant while Team LeBron will wear the No. 2 jerseys to pay homage to Gianna, who died in the helicopter crash with her father.
According to the Associated Press, every quarter for the All-Star Game will turn into a mini-game for charity. The final quarter will be untimed with a target score that will decide which team wins. The scores will be reset to 0 at the start of the second and third quarters, then reinstated at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The team that wins the All-Star game will be the team that reaches a target score, which consists of their combined score during the first three quarters, plus 24 points. Bryant wore the No. 24 during the second half of his basketball career. For example, if the total scores after the first three quarters is 100-95, the target score to win the game will be 124, 100 plus 24.
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