After watching Giannis Antetokounmpo perform perhaps the NBA’s greatest dunk and destroy a man's soul last night in New York City, the Moroccan Freak wants to hoop again too.
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry will lace up his sneakers and participate in the All-Star Celebrity Game in Los Angeles, the league announced on Wednesday. He’s among 24 high-profile coaches and players in the exhibition and will be on Team Lakers. The Celebrity Game kicks off NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center's Verizon Up Arena.
The 57-year-old Lasry, who played one season of college basketball at Clark University, is competing in the game for the third straight year. In 2017, Lasry wore a No. 23 "Moroccan Freak" warmup and said beforehand he was hoping to win MVP. He scored nine points, which topped his eight-point, six-rebound outing in the 2016 game.
Since buying the team with Wes Edens for $550 million in 2014, the Bucks’ value has almost doubled, as they’ve built a new arena Downtown and groomed an ascendant superstar in Antetokounmpo. While he's in Los Angeles next weekend, perhaps Lasry can have a talk with Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson about how much they both love Giannis.
Lasry’s Team Lakers squad is coached by Rachel Nichols, and fellow ESPN commentator Katie Nolan will lead Team Clippers. Nichols will be joined by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Tracy McGrady and actor Michael B. Jordan; Nolan’s assistants are former NBA star and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce and recording artist Common. Team Lakers is headlined by TV personality Nick Cannon and WNBA star Candace Parker, while Team Clippers features actor Jamie Foxx and two-time Master’s champion Bubba Watson.
Here are the full rosters for the two teams:
Team Lakers: Sterling Brim (MTV’s "Ridiculousness"), Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist, star of MTV’s Wild’N Out), Terence Crawford (boxer), Rachel DeMita (NBA2KTV host, actress, model), Jerry Ferrara (STARZ’s "Power"), Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks co-owner), Caleb McLaughlin (Netflix’s "Stranger Things"), Candace Parker (WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks), Nate Robinson (NBA legend), Drew Scott (HGTV’s "Property Brothers") and Kris Wu (actor, singer, music producer).
Team Clippers: Anthony Anderson (ABC’s "black-ish"), Brandon Armstrong (actor, social media star), Miles Brown (ABC’s "black-ish"), Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Andre De Grasse (Olympic sprinter), Stefanie Dolson (WNBA’s Chicago Sky), Jamie Foxx (actor, singer, musician), Dascha Polanco (actress, activist), Bubba Watson (two-time Masters champion) and Jason Williams (NBA legend).
In a new wrinkle, this year’s game will feature the first-ever 4-point line, sponsored by Ruffles and called "The Ridge." The 4-point line, first introduced in NBA 2K18, will appear during the second half of the Celebrity Game in the "4-for-4 Challenge." For every shot made from "The RIDGE" during the second half, Ruffles will donate $4,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
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