NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off Friday night with the 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Orange County Convention Center. The game will be televised on ESPN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. EST.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic will coach the Eastern squad, while Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will coach the Western team. Here are the official participants, via a press release from the NBA:
This year's players include celebrities from film, TV and music and will feature Grammy ® Award-winner Ne-Yo(R&B/pop); 2012 Grammy® nominee J. Cole (Rapper), Common (Just Wright); JB Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"); Vinny Guadagnino ("Jersey Shore"); Kevin Hart (Laugh At My Pain); Javier Colon ("The Voice"); Drew and Jonathan Scott ("Property Brothers"); Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy"); NBA Legends Mitch Richmond (six-time NBA All-Star), Penny Hardaway (four-time NBA All-Star), and Nick Anderson (NBA legend); 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings (WNBA, Indiana Fever); and Doug Gottlieb (ESPN, "The Doug Gottlieb Show").