NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2018 Rosters, Coaches Announced for Lakers, Clippers

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2018

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The 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game rosters will include former NBA players Paul Pierce, Jason Williams, Tracy McGrady and Nate Robinson, as well as WNBA stars Candace Parker and Stefanie Dolson and celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson and Jerry Ferrara.  

The NBA announced the full rosters for Team Lakers and Team Clippers, which will be played at Verizon Up Arena in Los Angeles next Friday night:

Kevin Hart, a four-time Celebrity Game MVP, won't return to the contest despite being announced as part of the entertainment for the All-Star Game.

The diminutive baller said on The Jim Rome Show after the 2015 contest he was prepared to walk away after winning his fourth straight MVP trophy, per Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports.

"I'm officially retired from the Celebrity All-Star Game," Hart said. "I can't do it anymore, I've done all there is to do, my kids are happy, they feel like their dad went out on top. I think if I go back, it's only going to get worse. ... I left with a bang. I did what all the greats say you should do."

Also absent is former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He played college basketball at Harvard and was always the best non-professional on the floor during his three appearances beginning in 2012. Hart agreed to share the MVP award with him in 2014.

That said, the 2018 edition of the event does feature the last two MVPs, Win Butler and Brandon Armstrong, as well as high-quality players from the WNBA.

Butler and Armstrong are on the same team for the second consecutive year. Last year, their Team East squad scored an 88-59 blowout victory.

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