The NBA-All Star has always been one of the most eagerly awaited event in the NBA calendar and it entertains viewers to the hilt. Some well-known celebrities are set to participate in the All-Star celebrity match, which will witness a new format as the teams have been divided between the USA and Canada. The All-Star Celebrity game will be played at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Friday.
There are some big names from the world of entertainment such as Win Buttler and Drew Scott, who will represent Canada in the All-Star Celebrity game. Jason Sudeikis and Anthony Anderson are set to represent the US and this makes matters very interesting as the above-mentioned are going to rub shoulders against some well-known former basketball stars as well.
Basketball stars such as Tracy McGrady, Rick Fox (Team Canada) and Chauncey Billups, Muggsy Bogues (Team USA) is expected to come up with their brilliant skills and entertain fans with their A game. Though these players may no longer play the game, they still have it in them to bring the house down in Toronto as they used to during their days.
With actor Kevin Grant and Grammy Award-winning artist Drake coaching the USA and Canada, respectively, it adds the much-needed flavour of entertainment, which is what the All-Star weekend is all about.
Though there will be a huge entertainment factor in the game, they will also have their eyes on winning the game. They are going to take it seriously. All the participants are eager for the mega match-up and even injuries are not going to stand on their way. Tennis star, Milos Raonic, who is set to feature for Canada, will take part despite his injury concerns. He has always had a strong desire to participate in the All-Star Celebrity game.
"I've been asking if there is any way I can play in the NBA celebrity game for three or four years now," CBC Sports quoted Raonic as saying. "It just worked out that it came in Toronto and I was like, 'I've got to be a part of this."
Such dedication in playing the NBA All-Star celebrity game just explains how the match is taken seriously by the participants. With players such as McGrady and Billups in the house, expect some terrific plays by these star players, who are former NBA greats.
Where to watch live
The NBA All-Star Celebrity game between USA vs Canada has been scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (5:30 a.m. IST) start. There is no live TV coverage in India.
Viewers in the US can watch NBA All-Star Celebrity game between USA vs Canada on ESPN withlive streaming on WatchESPN.