The biggest event the annual NBA All-Star Weekend festivities is easily the Sunday night All-Star Game, featuring the creme da la creme the NBA, but it's the preliminary activities and events that give viewers yet another reason to tune into the weekend-long celebration each year.
On Wednesday (Feb. 7), ESPN announced that The Jump host Rachel Nichols and ESPN commentator Katie Nolan will serve as the coaches for the celebrity basketball game and unveiled the star-studded roster.
Joining Nichols to helm the Team Lakers roster is Naismith Memorial Hall Famer Tracy McGrady and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan, while NBA legend Paul Pierce and Common will assist Nolan in coaching Team Clippers.
As for the night's celebrity players, the NBA assembled an impressive roster for each team. Common, Jamie Foxx, Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black), NBA veteran Jason Williams and Anthony Anderson and Miles Brown from ABC's black-ish and more will play for Nolan's Team Clippers.
Nichols' lineup for Team Lakers includes Nick Cannon, Jerry Ferrara (Power), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Tracy McGrady and NBA legend Nate Robinson, to name a few.
For the first time ever, the All-Star Celebrity Game will unveil its new 4-point line called “The Ridge” in partnership with Ruffles potato chips, the ficial sponsor for the event. Players will have the opportunity to shoot from the 4-point line during the 4-for-4 challenge, in which Ruffles will donate $4,000 for each shot made during the second half the game to benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The NBA All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game will take place Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.