Kevin Hart was fan-voted MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game for the third straight year, however even he knew he wasn’t deserving of the award. Instead he rightfully bestowed the honor on Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education.
Duncan was schooling celebrities left and right Saturday night and flirted with a tripe-double. He finished with a Celebrity Game record 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists.
The highlight of Duncan’s performance — there were several to choose from — was his behind-the-head backdoor pass to a cutting Skylar Diggins for an easy layup. Oh wait, did I mention Duncan’s dime came in crunch time with just over four minutes remaining in the game with his East squad down by one? Sorry my apologies… because it totally did!
Seriously… it was one hell of a play. Check it out for yourself:
Duncan’s heroics inspired the East team to a thrilling 60-56 comeback victory.
Michael B. Jordan (“Vince” in Friday Night Lights) turned in a pretty impressive performance for the West squad, albeit in a loss, finishing with 16 points and seven boards.
Unfortunately for Jordan, he was involved in the worst play of the game, although it wasn’t his blunder. ESPN’s morning co-host Mike Golic of Mike&Mike missed a point-blank layup on which Jordan assisted. The failed attempt hit the bottom of the backboard and didn’t even touch rim. Golic repeatedly expressed his apologizes towards Jordan on his show Monday morning for messing up the nice play and robbing the actor of an assist.
The best/most hilarious play of the game came courtesy of rap icon Snoop Dogg. The weed-smoker extraordinaire smoothly drained a 3-pointer from the wing and then comically blew on his palm while running down court in effort to cool off his extremely “hot” hand. The video quality isn’t good, but it’s still great to watch. Check it out here.
A few other standout players in the game were Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams and comedian Kevin Hart.
Williams got a few early buckets to fall, then got selfish and starting chucking every chance he got. He also played surprisingly hard in the game, running full speed and going all-out for steals.
Hart, on the other hand, was a standout for the wrong reason as he played terribly. He was constantly dominating the ball on offense with over-dribbling and probably committed more turnovers than he scored points. He did have a couple of nice passes early in the exhibition, but then got a big head and started hogging the ball. His shooting was terrible as well as he threw up brick after brick, and only finished with seven points.
The music artist formerly known as “Lil Romeo” (Master P’s son), just regular non-rapping Romeo Miller now, was a late entry along with Snoop Dogg and played okay. He’s got some handle and a few jumpers, but was trying to show-off too much and looked foolish on more than one possession.
Of course WNBA stars Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins played great. Both girls elected to take a backseat to the celebrities and let them have their fill, but still scored at will whenever they attempted a shot.
After the game was over, ESPN’s Stuart Scott awarded the MVP to the player who was received the most fan votes. Unfortunately that turned out to be Kevin Hart. However, he did the right thing, admitted he’s a loser, and gave the MVP trophy to the rightful winner, Arne Duncan.
BONUS – Check out the highlights of Duncan’s MVP performance: