He fancies himself a footballer, but Jamaican sprinting megastar Usain Bolt will be strutting his stuff on the basketball court during the NBA All-Star weekend. The Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record holder will be playing in the February 15, 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will be played in Houston and aired on ESPN.
A self-professed fan of popular Barclays Premier League team Manchester United, Bolt, who is also a long-time Boston Celtics fan, will get a chance to show how much of a ‘baller’ he truly is.
Also making the cut is last year’s Celebrity Game MVP, comedian Kevin Hart; rapper Common; R&B singer Ne-Yo (who will perform at the All-Star Game); actor Nick Cannon; actor Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games); singer and actor Trey Songz; Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education); Terrence Jenkins (E! News); John Schriffen (ABC News Correspondent) and Ryen Russillo (ESPN Host).
The celebrity teams will be coached by NBA All-Star James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook from last year’s Western Conference champions, and beaten NBA finalists the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There also will be some NBA Legends in the game, Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Sean Elliott (don’t tell DeMarcus Cousins about that), and Bruce Bowen.
Also playing will be WNBA stars Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx).
Queen Latifah and TV host Samantha Harris will be the assistant coaches. But they won’t be better dressed than the head coaches.
The 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is part of the All-Star weekend Friday night of events.