Drake is set to coach Team Canada against Team USA, led by Kevin Hart at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, SportsNet reports. This is the first time the Celebrity Game will be played under this format.
The game is slated to be held February 12 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto as part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend festivities.
Drake‘s announced assistant coaches are eight-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash and the Toronto Bluejays’ Jose Bautista. Team Canada’s squad will feature Drew and Jonathan Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers, actor Stephan James, singers Win Butler and Kris Wu and tennis player Milos Raonic. The basketball players who appear on the roster are Toronto-born, former Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers player and current NBA TV analyst Rick Fox; former Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets player Tracy McGrady and the Indiana Fever’s Ontario native, Natalie Achonwa.
Kevin Hart‘s Team USA roster is to include comedian Jason Sudekis, actors Anthony Anderson from black-ish, Michael B. Jordan from Creed, Bryshere “Yazz” Grey from Empire and Wild ‘n Out‘s Nick Cannon. Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry is on the roster, as are WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, two-time NBA champion Chauncey Billups and Charlotte Hornets star Muggsy Bogues, who also appeared in Space Jam.
Last month, Drake spoke about the importance of representing his hometown of Toronto, including his involvement with the restaurant Frings, as the city prepared to host All-Star Weekend.
“My goal from day one has always been to build a trusted and proven brand and keep the people happy,” Drake, a global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, said at that time. “Anything I can do to bring more light to the city, I’m all in.”
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