Carmelo Anthony already is an All-Star as a player. Now, he'll get to coach a team full of stars.
The Knicks forward will be a co-coach along with Spike Lee in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 13 at Madison Square Garden as part of the league's All-Star Weekend. It's the first time an NBA All-Star celebrity game will be played in an NBA Arena.
Among the athletes and celebrities that will participate in the game: comedian Kevin Hart (a three-time All-Star celebrity game MVP), actors Chadwick Boseman, Michael Rapaport, Ansel Elgort, Anthony Anderson and Abhishek Bachchan, musicians Common and Win Butler, Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis; former Knicks star and current assistant general manager Allan Houston, TV hosts Nick Cannon and Kristen Ledlow, Basketball Hall of Famer and Chris Mullin, U.S. Paralympian Blake Leeper, Grizzlies owner Robert Pera and WNBA stars Tina Charles, Skylar Diggins and Shoni Schimmel.
ESPN radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will coach the other celebrity team. NBA Cares Ambassador Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor basketball player who was forced to retire from basketball due to Marfan syndrome, will be an assistant coach.
Singer and actress Keke Palmer will perform the national anthem, while Canadian reggae fusion band MAGIC! will perform their multiplatinum-selling hit "Rude" at halftime.
The All-Star Game is Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Garden, while the Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday will be at the Barclays Center on Feb. 13 and 14.