The best and brightest of the NBA will soon partake in the 2013 All-Star Weekend festivities. Events such as the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Competition should be a lot of fun to watch.
One event to really look forward to is the Celebrity All-Star Game, as this year's matchup includes some exciting talent. There are a few players who I think will put on a show during the game.
Usain Bolt may end up being the fastest man to ever live. His back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games in the 100- and 200-meter dashes is a feat no other sprinter may ever accomplish.
Part of what makes Bolt such an amazing sprinter is his unique blend of size and speed. Once he reaches top speed, the long strides from his 6'5'' frame make him impossible to catch. Another sport where height and speed are especially beneficial is basketball. As a member of this year's Celebrity All-Star game, Bolt has an opportunity to test his world-class speed and size on a different stage.
Bolt's athleticism should make him a star in this year's game. Look for him to score some fast-break points, throw down some jams and captivate the crowd.
The next player who should make an impact during the game is eight-time All-Star Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo, regarded by many as the greatest shot-blocker of all time, recently showed that he still has some gas in the tank in a recent commercial for GEICO.
Hopefully Mutombo will transition smoothly from blocking cereal boxes and pieces of trash to rejecting shots as he did throughout his career. Although not much defense is played in All-Star games, Mutombo should be a welcome exception.
Expect Mutombo to unleash some emphatic blocks and even score some buckets on the offensive end. He could surprise many people and show that basketball, not acting, is still his strong suit.
Together, this sprinter and ex-NBA star should make the Celebrity All-Star Game an exciting show. It may not be as exciting as the Dunk Contest or have the same quality as the real All-Star Game, but the event is definitely a lot of fun to watch. And hey, isn't that what All-Star Weekend is all about?