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Singers take on actors and USA takes on the World

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I think maybe it's time we quit circling around the discussion of arenas, leases, FEISes, governments, etc, and just watch some basketball.

Sprint Celebrity Game

NBA All-Star weekend kicks off tonight and the first event is the Sprint Celebrity Game. Actor Kevin Hart looks for his fourth consecutive MVP title, despite never scoring more than eight points in a game. Many fans on social media are already ready to crown him again, despite the game not having even been played yet. Hooray for fan voting.

Carmelo Anthony and Spike Lee will coach one team, while ESPN's Mike & Mike will coach the other. Isaiah Austin will be an assistant. Tip-off is at 4:00 pm Pacific time on ESPN.

COACHES
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (HC)
Spike Lee, director (HC)
Mike Golic, ESPN Radio host (HC)
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio host (HC)
Isaiah Austin, NBA Cares Ambassador (AC)
PARTICIPANTS
Kevin Hart, actor
Ansel Elgort, actor
Mo'ne Davis, Little League star
Win Butler, singer, Arcade Fire
Anthony Anderson, actor
Common, rapper/actor
Chadwick Boseman, actor
Nick Cannon, actor
Allan Houston, retired NBA star
Chris Mullin, retired NBA star
Blake Leeper, paralympic athlete
Michael Rappaport, actor
Robert Pera, owner, Memphis Grizzlies
Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood actor
Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
Tina Charles, New York Liberty
Kristin Ledlow, host, NBA Inside Stuff
Sarah Silverman, actress/comedian
Jesse Williams, actor

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

The Rising Stars Challenge has a new format this year, and it's a pretty exciting one if you ask me. What started out as the Rookie game, then became the Rookie/Sophomore game, then became the Rising Stars Challenge with captains such as Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith picking teams, has now blossomed into a USA vs the World match-up. Team USA features Renton native Zach LaVine. Tip-off is at 6:00 pm Pacific time on TNT.

USA vs. WORLD
ROSTERS
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves G Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic G Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets F Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers F Kostas Papanikolaou, Houston Rockets
Trey Burke, Utah Jazz G Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons G Dante Exum, Utah Jazz
Robert CovingtonPhiladelphia 76ers F Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic G Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers
Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves F Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves