ESPN “NBA Countdown” hosts Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have been selected as the coaches for the 2014 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, but the “Sports Guy” and former NBA player won’t be taking the court. Thanks to a press release from the league on Wednesday, though, we know he will be taking the court under the direction of Simmons and Rose.
As far as people who have been around and played basketball at a high level go, WNBA stars Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne will be taking part in the Celebrity Game joined by former San Antonio Spurs wing and current ESPN analyst Bruce Bowen as the resident people-who-have-called-playing-basketball-a-day-job.
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be back for another year and surely playing some serious savvy-older-guy-at-the-local-YMCA basketball. Kevin Hart will also be returning and hopefully cooling it on the antics just a tad in comparison to years past.
The rest of the participants for the game are model/actress Erin Heatherton, musician/actor/TV-host Nick Cannon, Mike Golic and Mike Greenburg of ESPN, actors Jesse Williams, Columbus Short and Michael B. Jordan, NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow, and “E!” personality Terrence Jenkins.
My first thought when looking at this roster is that I hope Jesse Williams doesn’t provide updates throughout the Celebrity Game like he annoyingly did throughout the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Secondly, it’s upsetting to not see Justin Bieber on the roster, for no other reasons than the jokes that could result from that happening. In essence, though, the Celebrity Game is going to be what it has always has been, or so it seems.