Before the actual 2013 NBA All-Star Game this weekend, fans in Houston will be treated to the annual Celebrity All-Star Game on Friday, Feb. 15.
According to NBA.com, there'll be plenty of former NBA luminaries involved, including Dikembe Mutombo and his elbows, Bruce Bowen, Clyde Drexler and Sean Elliott. In addition, WNBA stars Tamika Catchings and Maya Moore will be there.
Excluding those former and current professionals, though, there are also going to be a handful of amateur participants who have the skills to acquit themselves quite nicely on the court.
Now, to be fair, some of the participating celebrities are downright terrible on the hardwood. But thankfully, many of the pint-sized wannabes who drag down the quality of the game won't be present this time around. And yes, I'm referring to you, Justin Bieber.
The Biebs will be absent, but Josh Hutcherson (the stunningly short dude from The Hunger Games) will step right into those tiny shoes. Viewers are advised to procure earplugs as a defense against the avalanche of shrill, pre-teen screams he'll induce.
Let's try to stay positive, though. We'll get to see the world's fastest human being, a Harvard grad with terrific passing touch and a feisty comedian who has the ability to ignite his team. This year's All-Star Celebrity Game is primed to feature more than a few players who can really ball.