Drake, Kevin Hart to Coach Teams at 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

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Drake and Kevin Hart have been selected to serve as coaches for the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated confirmed the selections for the annual contest, which is slated to take place on Friday, Feb. 12.

The report noted that Drake, a Toronto native, will lead the Canadian squad along with fellow coaches including NBA legend Steve Nash and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Rick Fox are among those expected on the roster.

Meanwhile, Hart is transitioning to a coaching role after winning MVP four times. He'll have a star-studded roster of his own, with former NBA players Chauncey Billups and Muggsy Bogues as well as WNBA star Elena Delle Donne competing for the American team, according toΒ SI.

Here's how the rosters shape up as they currently stand:

2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Rosters
-Team USATeam Canada
1Michael B. JordanTracy McGrady
2Jason SudeikisWin Butler
3Chauncey BillupsStephan James
4Muggsy BoguesDrew Scott
5Elena Delle DonneJonathan Scott
6Marc LasryMilos Raonic
7Anthony AndersonKris Wu
8Nick CannonNatalie Achonwa
9Bryshere "Yazz" GrayRick Fox
Sports Illustrated

Notably absent is Arne Duncan. The United States' former secretary of education was a frequent participant in the games in previous years and, as a former player at Harvard, was usually one of the most productive players outside of the NBA and WNBA stars, scoring a Celebrity Game-high 20 points in 2014.

The All-Star Celebrity Game is usually one of the more fascinating parts of All-Star Weekend, in large part due to the unique nature of it. Having Drake and Hart lead the two teams should only add to the entertainment value.


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