It’s not often we get to say this, but throughout both of the events during Friday’s we found ourselves on the edge of our seats, even with the All-Star Celebrity game’s candid nature.
As always, the NBA Celebrity game tipped off the evening’s proceedings with a star studded cast including two-time celebrity MVP Kevin Hart, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion?).
Plenty of other players got involved as well, including the likes of Skylar Diggins, Bruce Bowen and a number of other celebrities and WNBA and NBA based stars.
Normally this affair is a bit of a bore in terms of basketball quality, but this time around the game actually offered some genuinely nice plays, especially from Arne Duncan (who can ball by the way!), and even came down to the final few minutes of the game.
Watching the game, we expected a quarter where things would wall apart, but it didn’t come, and the game provided us with quite a spectacle, with the East team winning 60-56 at the end of the game.
As always, despite an awful shooting performance, Kevin Hart secured his third successive Celebrity game MVP award, thanks to some frankly idiotic voting from the American public, but it was nice to see Hart pass on the award to Duncan, who was head and shoulders above everyone else in the game, with a 2o point, 11 rebound and 6 assist effort.
After what turned out to be a fun and quite exciting All-Star Celebrity game, we saw some of the best rookie and sophomore players take to the stage in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, which had two teams, drafted by Chris Webber and Grant Hill go head-to-head.
The highlight of the game was the back and forth we saw between Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr. without a doubt, with both guys bombing from long range, with certain stints of the game pretty much being a one-on-one between the two.
A couple of other players showed out as well, with Andre Drummond scoring 30 and grabbing a record 25 boards in a very workmanlike effort for the All-Star break.
Drummond was forced to miss last year’s game thanks to a back injury, and obviously wanted to take his chance to shine in this season’s game, and earned the MVP award for the game after his performance.
Drummond led Team Hill to the 142-136 win over Team Webber, and with Hardaway and Waiters’ performances as well, we were truly given a spectacle to remember.
So, can this continue through today’s programme of events? We certainly hope so! You can check out who we think is going to take charge tonight right here.