The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is bringing some big stars to Los Angeles.
Superstar comedian and former Men’s Fitness cover man Kevin Hart will headline the festivities, including introducing the players for each All-Star squad.
Hart has some strong NBA All-Star Game credentials, having coached and played in the Celebrity Game multiple times—taking home four MVP awards in the process. It’s not really a surprise that Hart has dominated the celebrity game over the years—just check out his 45-minute, intense workout routine he used to get in shape for Central Intelligence alongside Dwayne Johnson.
Hart will bring out some special guests for the All-Star Game opening ceremony, and if his introductions are anything like what Will Ferrell did for the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans (then the Hornets), fans will be very entertained.
For the third year in a row, the NBA is bringing the All-Star Team Producers Group to the event, having invited game presentation staff and entertainers from all 30 teams to work at NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles.
All 12 are involved in creative development and operations for their own team’s game presentation programs. This group, which was assembled in October, has hand-selected more than 200 staff and entertainers from across all 30 teams that will work at NBA All-Star 2018 events as game presentation producers and directors, entertainers (incl. mascots, in-arena emcees, specialty dance teams and interactive squads), stage managers, DJs and music coordinators, choreographers, and more.
Here’s a look at the rest of the entertainment lineup for the event, including who will sing the national anthems.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is set for Sunday, February 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, with TV coverage from TNT.