The 2013 NBA All-Star weekend is upon us.
With seven first-year selections to the All-Star Game, two lineups in the Rising Stars Challenge, that could be an All-Star Game by itself, and some of the most popular celebrities in the world today, Houston is the place to be this weekend.
These are the people who will make the front page of the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend.
You can't stop him. LeBron James just set an NBA record with six-straight, 30-point games while shooting over 60 percent from the floor.
In a game that is all about offense and flashy plays, it's the perfect time for LeBron to put on a show for the fans Sunday night.
The nine-time NBA All-Star may not have Dwight Howard this time to toss the ball up to, but there are a couple of new faces in the East that are certainly intriguing for him to work with.
The Indiana Pacers seem to be the one franchise that is a thorn in Miami's side so far this season, and James could have a lot of fun with the dynamic Paul George.
Then there is someone from LeBron's old team, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rumor has it that the Cavs could make an effort to bring LeBron back to Cleveland in the next couple years (via Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports).
While the sports world is making the LeBron James to Michael Jordan comparisons, if LeBron and Kyrie have instant chemistry and run up the stat lines, wouldn't that create the perfect premature discussion of "The Return?"
Who is your pick for MVP of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game?
He does a little bit of everything. At 6'9", Parsons is averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 2012. He can knock down the three, post up and drive one-on-one in isolation. Plus, he can run the floor.
Specifically for the Rising Stars Challenge, I'm not sure who can stop him. Kenneth Faried maybe, but what if Parsons gets him out on the perimeter? Possibly Anthony Davis, but wouldn't he want to guard his former Kentucky teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Kawhi Leonard might be the best bet.
If this was a playoff game, I'd take Team Chuck over Team Shaq. However, this is a game where offense and the full-court game will prevail. Parsons is my sleeper pick for MVP.
Okay, I understand Mutombo will share the rock and get others involved, but really, who is going to guard him if the Celebrity Game is close at the end? The 7'2" Mutombo has six inches on Sean Elliott and seven inches on Bruce Bowen and Clyde Drexler.
I'm all for bringing in some of the great post players of the 1990s, but at least get Hakeem Olajuwon or Patrick Ewing in there also to make it a fair matchup. As competitive as some of these celebrities can get, Mutombo will be clutch in crunch time.
Arguably the most hyped player to ever play in the game. The world-record holder of the 100- and 200-meter dashes is who everyone wants to see play in transition.
Bolt is 6'5" and 210 pounds, and I'm guessing the other celebrities know that NBA fans want to see the six-time Olympic gold medalist in action.
After the opposition makes a basket, Bolt will take off like a wide receiver, and someone will try and hit him in stride. Or if Bolt steals the ball on the perimeter, the crowd will be on its feet seeing if he can go coast-to-coast and finish at the basket.
Either way, Bolt will surely make the highlights more than once Friday night.