As the pro basketball world descends on the Big Apple, NBA All-Star 2015 begins to hit its stride with a pair of televised games on Friday night.
For the 11th straight year, ESPN will twin grins and profile on its exclusive coverage of the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2015 on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. (ET) from Madison Square Garden.
Mark Jones and analyst Jon Barry will provide commentary on the proceedings that will feature perennial Celebrity Game MVP and comic Kevin Hart, Anthony Anderson (ABC’s Black-ish), Little League sensation Mo’ne Davis and Brooklyn’s own and Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin.
Sage Steele (NBA Countdown) will host ESPN’s coverage, while Cassidy Hubbarth (NBA Tonight) will serve as the sideline reporter. ESPN Radio and ESPN2’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (Mike & Mike) are the opposing coaches, with Greeney paired with New York Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony, and the former NFLer joined by the Knicks’ top fan Spike Lee.
TNT will pick up the rock on a much higher level of play from the Barclays Center in Brookly at 9 p.m., with exclusive live coverage of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. This year’s event will feature a new USA vs. World format with some of the league’s top young talent in action, including Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo.
The Inside the NBA presented by Kia studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaq O’Neal will provide halftime and post-game analysis of what undoubtedly will be some high-flying, high-scoring action live from Hammerstein Ballroom.