The 2014 NBA celebrity game will feature Michael Jordan.
No, not the Michael Jordan. Not the guy who is a six-time NBA champion, a six-time Finals MVP, a five-time NBA MVP and the greatest player ever. Even at 50 years of age, that probably wouldn't be too fair to trot him out there against the likes of Erin Heatherton and Mike Golic.
But it will feature a Michael Jordan: Wallace, aka Vince Howard, aka the future Human Torch, aka actor Michael B. Jordan will lace 'em up for the light-hearted and always entertaining celebrity game during the upcoming All-Star weekend.
Here's a look at all the famous faces who will join him, as well as everything else you need to know to watch the event, courtesy of NBA.com.
Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
|2014 NBA Celebrity Game Participants|
|Kevin Hart||Two-Time Celeb Game MVP, Comedian/Actor|
|Erin Heatherton||Victoria’s Secret Model, Actress|
|Nick Cannon||America's Got Talent" Host Mike Greenberg|
|Mike Golic||ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" Host|
|Kristen Ledlow||NBA TV's "NBA Inside Stuff" co-host|
|Jesse Williams||“Grey’s Anatomy” Actor|
|Columbus Short||“Scandal” Actor|
|Michael B. Jordan||“That Awkward Moment” Actor|
|Arne Duncan||U.S. Secretary of Education|
|Bruce Bowen||ESPN NBA Analyst, Three-Time NBA Champion|
|Terrence Jenkins||E! News" Anchor Stan Verrett|
|Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock WNBA Star|
|Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky WNBA Star|
|Bill Simmons||“NBA Countdown” Host, Grantland Founder|
|Jalen Rose||“NBA Countdown”, Retired 13-year NBA Veteran|
If you're looking for a potential MVP, then you can find Kevin Hart and stop looking.
During the last two celebrity games, the diminutive comedian/actor has scored just a combined 13 points, but he has won MVP both times. His antics and ability to entertain have made him undoubtedly the most popular star at the game and favorite to take home MVP—no matter how many points he scores.
Forewarning for those in attendance, though. Hart has promised to get naked if he makes it a three-peat.
If someone is going to spare the rest of our eyes from having to witness that particular event, it might just be Arne Duncan.
The U.S. Secretary of Education—and former Harvard basketball star—has scored 28 combined points in the previous two contests. Like a true team player, though, the 49-year-old is more interested in wins than MVP awards.
"I just wanted to win out there," he said after the 2012 game, via NBA.com. "All I cared about was winning."
And in 2013, per NBA.com, he delivered nearly the exact same line after once again dominating all over the court: "I just want to win, just want to win. I can't win a popularity contest."
Despite his humility and nonchalance, though, it's time to stop this travesty and make sure Duncan gets what he deserves and wins MVP. Surely Obama can make this happen.
As far as underdogs for the award go, I'm sticking with Jordan. Not only does he have the name to live up to, but as someone who has played a running back, has destroyed half of Seattle with superpowers and will soon be playing a superhero, the 27-year-old clearly has the spry legs and athleticism to make an impact.
Bruce Bowen, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne are other obvious choices because, well, they are way better than everyone else at basketball. Of course, the latter of that trio seems more intent on making sure Hart gets another MVP:
Moreover, while any of those three can pretty much do whatever they want on the court, we've seen in the past that winning MVP isn't always about scoring the most points or pulling down the most rebounds.
It's about producing the most entertainment—and on Friday night, we'll see that in droves.