Common, Ne-Yo Join NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
Although Justin Bieber will sadly not return to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game this year to defend his tiny, Canadian crown, the annual basketball event will feature a bevy of stars from music, film and various sports. Common, Ne-Yo and "The Voice" winner Javier Colon are the top-line musical artists taking part in the 2012 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will air live from Orlando on Feb. 24.
Other notable celebrities hooping it up next Friday include comedian Kevin Hart, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor JB Smoove and "Jersey Shore's" own Vinny Guadagnino, who fist-pumped his way onto the roster through a campaign on Twitter. The coaches for the two teams will be Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and the Orlando Magic's own Dwight Howard, who may or may not ask to be traded to the other celebrity team during the game.
Last year's Celebrity Game featured Bieber winning the MVP award with eight points, four assists and two rebounds. Trey Songz, Romeo Miller and Common also competed in the 2011 game.
The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game coincides with NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, with the NBA All-Star Game airing on Sunday night. Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj and Mary J. Blige have been tapped to perform at this year's All-Star Game, while Gym Class Heroes and J. Cole will headline a pre-game concert on Sunday night.
Here is the full lineup for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game:
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