“Magic” Johnson and “Dr. J” to Coach NBA Legends, WNBA Players, Harlem Globetrotters and Entertainment Stars
Additional NBA All-Star Coverage on ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and More
NBA legends Earvin “Magic” Johnson (also an ESPN NBA analyst) and Julius “Dr. J” Erving will serve as coaches in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game televised live on ESPN, Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be held at Center Court from the NBA All-Star Jam Session in Phoenix, Arizona. “Magic” and “Dr. J,” who collectively have more than 20 years of NBA All-Star experience, will coach Hollywood stars, current WNBA players, NBA legends and other notable athletes.
Among the participants are: actor and comedian Chris Tucker, NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens (last year’s Celebrity Game MVP), Chuck hero Zachary Levi, Scrubs funnyman Donald Faison, Desperate Housewives star James Denton, and Prison Break villain Michael Rapaport.
In addition, basketball Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins will join former Phoenix Suns All-Star Dan Majerle, three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, WNBA stars Lisa Leslie and Kara Lawson, and members of the Harlem Globetrotters to add pro hoops firepower to the already star-studded teams.
The Harlem Globetrotters will also perform their trademark “Sweet Georgia Brown” Magic Circle routine at halftime.
ESPN NBA play-by-play announcer Mike Breen will referee the game. ESPN’s Mark Jones will call the game with analyst Jon Barry. Stuart Scott will report from the sidelines and will serve as the “golf pro,” on a putting green that will be located courtside. Nancy Lieberman will also contribute as a reporter and player.
For the 13th straight year, ESPN Radio will present complete, three-day coverage of NBA All-Star events, culminating with the 58th NBA All-Star Game Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET.
Describing Sunday’s game, Friday’s Rookie Challenge and Saturday’s All-Star Saturday Night will be play-by-play commentator Jim Durham, analyst Jack Ramsay, reporters Ric Bucher and Shelley Smith, on-site studio host Marc Kestecher, and on-site studio analyst Will Perdue.
Kestecher will host Meet the All Stars with Durham, Ramsay and Perdue. Saturday’s show will feature the fifth annual “Midseason Ramsay Awards” honoring the league’s top teams, coaches, and performers, and include a midseason roundtable with ESPN the Magazine‘s Bucher joining the panel to discuss the season’s top stories, highlights, and surprises.
ESPN International will provide live coverage of the Celebrity Game, Rookie Challenge, All-Star Saturday and NBA All-Star game on the Atlantic (sub-Saharan Africa), Pac Rim (Australia, New Zealand, some Pacific Islands), Latin/Brazil (Brazil), and Latin/Caribbean (Caribbean) networks.
ESPN.com will offer fans complete online coverage of NBA All-Star events, including reports from; Scout’s Inc. analyst David Thorpe, TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbott, John Hollinger, Scoop Jackson and J.A. Adande. Coverage will also include live chats with ESPN.com NBA analysts and reporters.
ESPN Classic will present an NBA All-Star Marathon Friday, Feb. 15, from noon to 8 p.m. ET. The programming will include classic All-Star games: 1972, in which Jerry West hit a last-second shot for the win; 1982, in which Larry Bird led the East to victory; 1988, in which Michael Jordan scored 40 points and was the game’s MVP; and 1988, in which Jordan won the MVP again, as he squared off against a young Kobe Bryant.