The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be played next month in Toronto. As expected, the weekend is already turning into the Drake-apalooza many fans hoped it would.
On Thursday, the NBA announced rosters for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 12. For the first time, rather than divide the teams by East and West, the rosters will be split as Canada vs. USA. Drake will serve as head coach for Team Canada, while Kevin Hart gets the nod for Team USA.
Head coach: Drake (Rapper)
Assistant coaches: Steve Nash (two-time NBA MVP), José Bautista (All-Star, Toronto Blue Jays)
-- Stephan James (Actor)
-- Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
-- Drew and Jonathan Scott (HGTV's "Property Brothers")
-- Milos Raonic (Tennis World No. 14)
-- Kris Wu (Actor and singer)
-- Tracy McGrady (seven-time NBA All-Star, former Toronto Raptor)
-- Rick Fox (three-time NBA champion, current NBA TV analyst)
-- Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever, WNBA)
Head coach: Kevin Hart (Actor)
-- Jason Sudeikis (Actor)
-- Michael B. Jordan (Actor)
-- Anthony Anderson (Actor)
-- Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Actor)
-- Nick Cannon (Actor, rapper, TV host)
-- Chauncey Billups (NBA champion, current ESPN analyst)
-- Muggsy Bogues (former NBA player)
-- Marc Lasry (co-owner, Milwaukee Bucks)
-- Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky, WNBA MVP)
Other than the changed team format, Celebrity Game fans will notice other new details. Hart has played in five celebrity games, winning MVP in four of them. Despite intensifying his workout this offseason, the comedian will man the sidelines this year.
Lasry becomes the third owner to participate in the game. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban played in 2010 and Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in 2015. All three are billionaires.
Tracy McGrady is not actually Canadian, but he will wear red and white after starring for the Raptors early in his career.
Nick Cannon is playing in his eighth Celebrity Game, most all-time. Common is second with six appearances.
Drake has never played in the game, but he served as an assistant to Magic Johnnson in a 2010 thriller. Magic and Drake's West squad won, 41-37, thanks to inspired play by MVP actor Michael Rapaport.
The game will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 from Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.