ESPN to Exclusively Televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017


ESPN to Exclusively Televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017

SC6’s Michael Smith & Jemele Hill as Guest Coaches

NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle to Join Mark Jones & Cassidy Hubbarth to Provide Commentary

 ESPN will televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017 on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The annual game features stars from film, television, music and sports. This year, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, co-hosts of SC6 SportsCenter’s 6 p.m. show – will serve as the guest coaches for the West and East teams, respectively. The telecast will also be available to stream on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Mark Jones, the voice of the NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC, will provide play-by-play for the telecast, alongside Michelle Beadle (NBA Countdown, SportsNation), who will call her first Celebrity Game. Cassidy Hubbarth will join Jones and Beadle as the sideline reporter.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017 rosters:

Michael Smith’s West Team Jemele Hill’s East Team
Miles Brown (actor) Brandon Armstrong (former NBA D-League player and social media star)
Tom Cavanagh (actor) Win Butler (musician)
Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner) Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist)
Baron Davis (NBA legend) Rachel DeMita (NBA2K TV personality)
Andy Grammer (recording artist) Ansel Elgort (actor, recording artist)
Jiang Jinfu (actor, model) Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks owner)
Anthony Mackie (actor) Caleb McLaughlin (actor)
Romeo Miller (actor, recording artist) Peter Rosenberg (media personality)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian) Oscar Schmidt (Basketball legend)
Master P (actor, recording artist) Lindsay Whalen (WNBA player)
Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) Jason Williams (NBA legend)
Aarón Sánchez (celebrity chef) Kris Wu (recording artist)


Michael Smith will be joined by coaches Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) and Rocsi Diaz (television personality). Jemele Hill will be joined by coaches Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Fat Joe (recording artist)

More coverage of NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017:

ESPN’s The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, will be on site for special 90-minute shows on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The show will emanate from the Riverview Room. In addition, First Take with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim will be in New Orleans for their 10 a.m. shows on Friday, live at the Riverview Room. The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio (1-3 p.m.) will also air live from New Orleans.

SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford with host Sage Steele will provide comprehensive coverage of NBA All-Star 2017 all weekend, including live, on-site interviews with several NBA All-Stars throughout the day on Friday.

Additional NBA All-Star 2017 coverage details, including ESPN Radio’s coverage of the event, will be issued in the coming days.


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.



Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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