ESPN and the NBA announced their lineup for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles. The game will air exclusively on ESPN February 15 at 7 p.m EST from the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.
Both teams, “home” and “away” are packed with talent and notoriety. The home team contains players with “Carolina roots”. Among them are Mike Colter, Chris Daughtry, and Dr. Oz. The away team features rapper Quavo, Bad Bunny, and others. The home team coach will be three-time Olympic champion Dawn Staley while the away team is coached by Sue Bird, 2018 WNBA champion of Seattle Storm.
Cassidy Hubbarth, Mark Jones, Chiney Ogwumike, and Peter Rosenberg will be hosting the coverage. Hubbarth returns as the host while Jones provides play-by-play commentary. Ogwumike will make her debut as an analyst alongside Rosenberg as they serve as roaming analysts.
For the first time, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will feature “hometown heroes” to highlight people who go above and beyond for their communities. The home team’s “hometown hero” is Jason Weinmann, a 47-year-old Marine who assisted North Carolina’s flood victims during Hurricane Florence in 2018 using a military transport vehicle. The away team will feature “hometown hero” James Shaw Jr. This 29-year-old Nashville resident disarmed a gunman in a local restaurant.
The game is sponsored by Ruffles, the Official Chip of the NBA, and will be donating in a huge way. For every successful shot from the 4-point line, the company will donate $4,000 (up to $40,000) to foster environments of inclusion in sports in partnership with the Special Olympics.
Here is the lineup for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Mike Colter (actor, Luke Cage)
Chris Daughtry (recording artist)
Terrence J (on-air host, actor)
Famous Los (comedian, social media influencer)
Dr. Oz (television personality)
Rapsody (rapper, recording artist)
Bo Rinehart (NEEDTOBREATHE vocalist and musician)
JB Smoove (actor, comedian)
Steve Smith (NFL great)
Jason Weinmann (hometown hero)
Jay Williams (ESPN college basketball analyst)
A’ja Wilson (2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year)
Ronnie 2K (Director of Influencer Marketing, 2K Sports)
Ray Allen (Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer)
AJ Buckley (actor, SEAL Team)
Bad Bunny (recording artist)
Stefanie Dolson (WNBA’s Chicago Sky center)
Marc Lasry (co-owner, Milwaukee Bucks)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian, host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj)
Quavo (rapper, recording artist)
Adam Ray (comedian, About Last Night podcast)
Amanda Seales (actor, comedian, recording artist)
James Shaw Jr. (hometown hero)
Brad Williams (comedian, About Last Night podcast)