ESPN to exclusively televise 2020 NBA All-Star celebrity game


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Lavine will be competing in the 3-point contest (Derick Hingle - USA Today Sports)
Lavine will be competing in the 3-point contest (Derick Hingle - USA Today Sports)

ESPN will exclusively televise the 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented by Ruffles on Friday, February 14, at 7 p.m. ET. The event will emanate from the Wintrust Arena – home of the WNBA Chicago Sky – in Chicago, Ill. Mark Jones returns as the play-by-play voice with analyst and WNBA superstar Chiney Ogwumike and commentator Peter Rosenberg. Reporter and Chicago native Cassidy Hubbarth will join Jones, Ogwumike and Rosenberg to round out the telecast.

Popular ESPN commentators Stephen A. Smith and Chicago native Michael Wilbon are the celebrity coaches for this year’s game. Wilbon’s team will be designated as the “home team,” while Stephen A’s team will serve as the “away team.” Actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will serve as Wilbon’s assistant coach, while television host and chef Guy Fieri (Food Network) will serve as assistant coach to Stephen A.

Three-time Grammy® Award winner and Chicago native Chance The Rapper and three-time Grammy® Award winner, Oscar winner and Chicago native Common have been named team captains for this year’s Celebrity Game. Fellow hip-hop artist and 2018 Celebrity Game MVP Quavo will also participate and help lead a star-studded array of participants across the music, film, television and sport industries. The game will also feature a WNBA star on each team as Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks) and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) will participate.

Cassidy Hubbarth will be reporting live couchside from the ESPN stage in the Ruffles Celebrity Game Lounge, an exclusive new courtside area that will host celebrities and influencers, who can lounge on couches for an up-close view of the game or get in on the action themselves with activities like pop-a-shot or cornhole.

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