NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2013: Usain Bolt Stole Show in Uneventful Contest

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt reacts during the 2013 NBA all star celebrity game at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Usain Bolt proved he's more than just a sprinter during the 2013 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.

Easily the worst event of NBA All-Star Weekend, the celebrity game is nothing more than a throwaway contest meant to let some minor stars live out their fantasies of playing professional basketball.

It's good enough for what it is because fans aren't expecting to be wowed with fantastic play on the court. In addition, there's occasionally a highlight that can gain some legs and make the whole thing watchable.

Bolt provided that this year with a couple of dunks.

There was some curiosity as to how well Bolt would do. His concern was much the same as Luis Mendoza's in D2: The Mighty Ducks. He's got an ungodly amount of speed.

The question regarded stopping.

Would he be able to finish the job or would he end up four rows deep before finally slowing down?

While his game isn't the most well-rounded, Bolt proved on multiple occasions he could throw it down. Fans saw a bit of a role reversal as it was Bolt who excited those watching the game with a thunderous dunk while a famous high-flyer in Clyde Drexler was reduced to a simple finger-roll.

It was a pleasant surprise as athletes crossing over in terms of sports generally ends poorly.

One of the greatest athletes of all time, Carl Lewis, has apparently never learned how to throw a baseball, as evidenced by the first pitch he threw for the Seattle Mariners.

First pitches are the most common test, with John Wall also embarrassing himself. Then there was Chad Johnson's terrible trial with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

So while Bolt created plenty of buzz going in, there was every reason to think he would do terribly on the court. That wasn't the case for the most part, though. He didn't set the world on fire, but Bolt did enough to entertain the crowd.

Comedian Kevin Hart won MVP, and that makes sense. He did enough on the court and provided plenty of antics during the game as well. Everyone expected him to deliver, though. Nobody was really surprised that he was funny because that's what he does for a profession.

It's the unexpected thing that the fans remember, if they remember anything at all.

Last year, it was United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan scoring 17 points and bringing down eight boards. This year, it was the fastest man in the world showing that he also has some hops.