I am back for my yearly post on nba
, breaking down the most anticipated game of the NBA Season, the Celebrity Game. This game will likely feature low quality basketball, large stretches of time where the camera focusing on things not happening on the court and a surprise celebrity entrant or two. The “Home” team will feature celebrities with ties to Carolina, the “Away” will feature the remaining celebrities. The term “celebrity” gets a looser definition every passing year with this game. There are even “celebrities” without Wikipedia pages playing in this year’s game! I was also surprised by how few of the celebrities in this game even played High School basketball. However, thank all your gods that Nick Cannon is finally not in this game. It took an agonizing ten years for the NBA/ESPN to realize that no one wants him here. This game will also feature a “Hometown Hero” on each team, a non-celebrity person who has committed heroic acts in the last year. This year’s game will feature the 4-point line for the entirety of the game (it was only used in the second half last year) – which the NBA will hopefully implement for the Finals later this year. Every player’s scouting report includes their 4-point shot making potential.
If you want to check my credentials, lasts year’s breakdown located here
. I feel comfortable declaring myself to be the world’s foremost expert on the shit post of All-Star Weekend. I was not able to find data/footage of many of the celebrities that will be playing in this year’s game. I ended up having to judge player’s skills without as much evidence to base it on as I have had in previous years.
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where I discussed this year's Celebrity Game and the Celebrity Game in General.
: Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:00PM, ESPN, Bojangles Coliseum. Betting Odds:
Away Team -10 Over Under:
Break downs of the rosters for each team are below:
This is the worst Celebrity Game roster since 2013. The team is old and lacks size, talent and athleticism. I have a hard time seeing how they can keep up with the Away Team. Steve Smith is the wild card player who could have a huge game to help pull off the upset. Head coach Dawn Staley will need to have the team buy into a defensive philosophy to keep the game close, but few people show up to celebrity games to play defense.
The roster has eight guards and four forwards. The starting line-up should be Williams, Wilson, Smith, Los and Smoove. I am not expecting huge efforts from Williams and Wilson, but Los and Smith should provide some athleticism and scoring for the first unit. Smoove is on the floor because he is tall. The bench provides nothing and there is no second unit, hopefully the starters are still in shape. This game may not end up being competitive.
Age: 42 Height: 6’3” Weight: 200 lbs
High school: Calhoun County
College: South Carolina
This will be Colter’s first appearance in the Celebrity Game. Colter has no known history of playing basketball and I cannot find a record of him appearing in any other celebrity games. His size and athleticism are both above average for this game, he should be able to grab some boards score at the rim. 4-Point Potential: Low
Age: 39 Height: 5’8” Weight: 180 lbs
High school: Fluvanna County
Daughtry will be making his debut in the Celebrity Game. I was unable to find any basketball history on Daughtry. His height and weight are both below average for this game. He also will not be one of the younger players in this game. I do not have high expectations. 4-Point Potential: Low
Age: 36 Height: 5’9” Weight: 165
High school: Northern Nash
College: North Carolina A&T State
Terrence J returns for his fifth appearance in the Celebrity Game after taking a two-year hiatus. In his most recent outing in 2016, he posted a triple-single with 3 rebounds, 4 points and 1 steal in 14 minutes, putting up a solid -15 in plus/minus. Terrence J is not an accomplished baller and I have low hopes for his production in this game. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 29 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165
High school: Riverside-Durham (Played Varsity)
College: Union (Played Varsity)
Los is yet another Celebrity Game rookie. Los has the pedigree of having averaged 37 points per game in High School and Playing in the NCAA Division II. He had a hard time getting on the court in college, but that background makes him one of the best players in this game. He is a quick, scoring guard, who struggles defensively, but there won’t be many players in this game who are difficult to guard. I can see him being a star for this team and an MVP candidate. Instagram stars who have a basketball background have a track record a success in this game. Los will see minutes since he is also going to be expected to provide some comedic relief during the game. 4-Point Potential: medium
Age: 58 Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
High school: Tower Hill
Dr. Oz last appeared in the Celebrity Game in 2010. Dr. Oz does not ooze athleticism, but he does have a basketball court in his basement. His greatest achievements in hoops include feats such as beating Jill Martin in a game of HORSE on the Today Show. Dr. Oz is a decent jump shooter; however, he starts his shot from way too low and will need a ton of space to shoot. He is to old to start, but maybe he can help off the bench as a spot-up shooter. 4-Point Potential: Low
Age: 36 Height: 5’3” Weight: Unknown
High school: Unknown
College: North Carolina State
Rapsody has also never played in the Celebrity Game before. Her height is going to be a major issue in this game. She has played in the 2018 BET Celebrity Game, so she has the right kind of experience for this game. Rapsody is another player that won’t make an impact on the game. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 37 Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
High school: Unknown
Bo Rinehart is making his initial entry into the Celebrity Game. There is almost no information about him available for me to determine what type of skills he has. I am going to guess that he is not good. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 53 Height: 6’4” Weight: 220 lbs
High school: Mount Vernon
College: Norfolk State
Smoove played in the 2012 Celebrity Game, and failed to make an impact. He has great height and weight for this game, but he is over 50, so I don’t think he will be on the floor a whole lot or have the required athleticism to keep up. 4-Point Potential: low
(former NFL Player)
Age: 39 Height: 5’9” Weight: 195lbs
High school: Los Angeles
Steve Smith is yet another Celebrity Game rookie. Somewhat surprisingly, Smith did not play basketball in High School. Smith is an elite athlete and has the potential to dominate this game. He should start and will most likely be the primary scoring option for this time. He does not help the Home Team’s height issue, but he does help with the team’s complete lack of athleticism. 4-Point Potential: medium
Age: 22 Height: 6’4” Weight: 195 lbs
High school: Heathwood Hall Episcopal (2014 High School Player of the Year)
College: South Carolina (2018 National Player of the Year)
Wilson will be making her NBA Celebrity Game debut. Wilson has everything that the rest of this team doesn’t: height, skills, youth and athleticism. The only thing she can’t do is shoot from range. She averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds per game in her first season in the WNBA. Wilson will be the best player on this team, but the WNBA players have a long history of putting no effort into this game. Despite her talent, I expect her to be on the floor for about 15 minutes with no effort or production. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 37 Height: 6’2” Weight: 195 lbs
High school: St. Joseph (All American)
College: Duke (National Player of the Year)
This will be Jay Williams first appearance in the Celebrity Game. If he had a functioning left knee, he would be the best player on this team be a wide margin. In his lone NBA season, Williams averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26 minutes per game. He was not an efficient scorer, however. I am not expecting much effort from Williams but he could be a sleeper MVP candidate if he decides this game matters to him. 4-Point Potential: high
Age: 47 Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
High school: Unknown
The “Hometown Heroes” are a new addition to this year’s Celebrity Game. He drove a military transport vehicle into Hurricane Florence to rescue stranded people, so I won’t roast him here. I don’t expect the Hometown Heroes to play more than 5 minutes or impact the game. 4-Point Potential: low
Dawn Staley (US Women’s National Team Coach)
Dawn Staley is slightly over qualified to be coaching in this cluster of a game. This team has barely any talent and may require a first-rate effort by the coach. Historically, the coaches don’t actually coach and mostly chat with the commentators on the sideline, but maybe Staley can buck that trend, since most of the other people who have coached in this game had never a coached a game before in their lives.
Player Skill Ranking:
- Jay Williams
- A’ja Wilson
- Steve Smith
- Famous Los
- JB Smoove
- Dr. Oz
- Terrence J.
- Mike Colter
- Chris Daughtry
- Bo Rinehart
- Jason Weinman
The Away Team is comprised of four veterans and eight rookies to the celebrity game. The roster has six guards and six forwards. This is a large line-up for a Celebrity game and will lead to dominating the glass. This team also has a good mix of skills on the team including ball handlers, spot shooters and post players. They should be able score for anywhere on the floor. The starting line-up is more talented than the Home Team and most of the players on the bench bring something to the table. I think Quavo will likely dominate the game again, with Ronnie 2K and Ray Allen as secondary scorers. North Carolina’s D-list celebrities are seriously out gunned against the rest of the world’s D-list celebrities. I would start Quavo, Allen, 2K, Dolson and Ray. Bad Bunny and Shaw should be able to bring some energy off the bench. Lasry can provide limited second unit scoring. Buckley’s production is a wild card, but this team doesn’t need any help. I think that the Away Team has a better roster and should win this game easily.
Age: 35 Height: 6’5” Weight: Unknown
High school: Redwood
College: California – San Diego
Ronnie 2K will be making his inaugural Celebrity Game appearance. I expect Ronnie to continue the recent success of social media stars in the Celebrity Game. Ronnie has NBA height, good handles and 3-point range. I think that he will have a big role on this team, but the stacked roster could keep his individual stats down. Ronnie will play good minutes, score and rebound and could be the games MVP. 4-Point Potential: High
(former NBA player)
Age: 43 Height: 6’5” Weight: 205lbs
High school: Hillcrest (Played Varsity)
College: Connecticut (All American)
Ray Allen is way to good to belong in this game. He could probably still be a bench player in the NBA if he wanted to be. Ray Allen is one of the best shooters of all time and has exceptional height, handles and athleticism for this game. His twitter skills
are not up to modern Celebrity Game standards. If Allen decided he wants to put effort, he could dominate this game. I expect that he will mostly stand around and shoot a couple of 3’s and 4’s, but if he hits a few, it will make a big impact on the game. 4-Point Potential: very high
Age: 41 Height: 5’9” Weight: 185lbs
High school: St. Thomas Moore
A.J. Buckley is….. you guessed it, another rookie to the Celebrity Game. While Buckley’s physical stats are what the ideal male body looks like for attracting females, it is not the ideal body for round ball. I couldn’t find any information on his life as a baller, so I am going to project the Buckley will not be a factor in this game. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 24 Height: 6’0” Weight: 175lbs
High school: Unknown
College: Puerto Rico at Arecibo
This will be Bad Bunny’s first NBA Celebrity Game appearance, though he did appear in the 2016 Reggaeton Celebrity Game. Unfortunately, there isn’t much footage from that game available. (Maybe I should start of database of Celebrity Game footage). Bad Bunny is one of the younger players in this game, and thus should be expected to hustle on defense. He has above average height as well. I can see him putting up a state line close to 1 steal, 2 points and 2 rebounds in 7 minutes. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 27 Height: 6’5” Weight: 214 lbs
High school: Minisik Valley High School (Played Varsity)
College: University of Connecticut (Played Varsity)
Dolson is a WNBA All-Star, who will be making her second appearance in the Celebrity Game. Dolson once again will have a large height advantage over almost everyone in this game. Last year she stayed true to the WNBA tradition of putting zero effort into this game and played 12 minutes without taking a shot or recording a steal, rebound or assist. She did manage to commit 3 fouls. In the WNBS she is primarily a rebounder but has a good finishing touch on the post as well. She can also step out and hit around 40% from 3. Despite the abundant skills, I predict that Dolson’s performance will be no different from last year and that she will be a non-factor. 4-Point Potential: low
(Milwaukee Bucks owner)
Age: 58 Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
High school: Unknown
Lasry has played in the past three Celebrity Games. His most impressive achievement was putting up a game low -20 in plus/minus in 2016, while putting up 8 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. He played less in 2017 and was mainly used to guard fellow owner Mark Cuban. In 2018, he was on the court for 9 minutes and scored 3 points while grabbing 2 rebounds. Lasry is old, slow and short, but has sneaky old man game. He is good at back door cuts, being in good spots on the floor and has a good mid-range jumper. He is a liability on the defensive end, being an old man and everything. Lasry can help off the bench, but it would be a mistake for him to see big minutes, last year’s 9 minutes was about double what I would want him to play. 4-Point Potential: None
Age: 33 Height: 6’0” Weight: 175lbs
High school: Davis
In 2017, Minhaj show cased why he cut three times from his high school basketball team when his team in the Celebrity Game was blown out by 29 points in one of the most lopsided Celebrity Games in history. He is not good and won’t offer much production. 4-Point Potential: none
Age: 27 Height: 5’10” Weight: 163lbs
High school: Berkmar
Quavo previously appeared as a surprise entrant in last year’s Celebrity Game and skrrrt’d all over the competition, posting 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while shooting 7 of 10 from the floor and playing a game high 36-minutes. He was voted as the game’s MVP. Quavo is quick, can shoot and can handle the ball and most importantly, actually puts effort into this game. He is going to lead this team and scoring and could repeat as MVP. Steve Smith is probably the only player on the Home Team that can guard him. 4-Point Potential: medium
Age: 35 Height: 6’2” Weight: Unknown
High school: Shorecrest (Played Varsity)
College: Southern California
Ray will be making his Celebrity Game debut. He played Varsity basketball in Highschool, which puts him ahead of many of the other players in this game in terms of basketball pedigree. He has good height for this game. I was not able to find any footage of him playing (a theme this year), but based on physical attributes, I think he should start at forward. He should be able to help on the boards. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 35 Height: 4’4” Weight: 104lbs
High school: Sunny Hills
College: Southern California
Brad Williams will be making his first appearance in the Celebrity Game. As part of ESPN’s desperate quest to replace Kevin Hart, he will be the first player born with achondroplasia to appear in the game. Being dwarf comedian who likes to make jokes about his height, Williams will most likely have a comedic role in this game. He will probably attempt a 4-point shot and get repeatedly stuffed. 4-Point Potential: low
Age: 37 Height: 5’5” Weight: 135lbs
High school: Dr. Phillips
Amanda Seales is one of 17 rookies who will be appearing in the Celebrity Game. I don’t expect that Seales will be the first female celebrity to goo off in this game. At a Towering 5’5”, she is going to struggle in her small minutes in this game. 4-Point Potential: low
James Shaw Jr.
Age: 30 Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
High school: Hunters Lane (Played Varsity)
College: Tennessee State
James Shaw is the other “Hometown Hero” who will be appearing in this Celebrity Game. Shaw is the man who charged at and disarmed the shooter in the Nashville Waffle House Shooting. Shaw played basketball in high school, and I think that he may be able to contribute in the small amount of minutes that he will see the floor. 4-Point Potential
Sue Bird (WNBA Player)
Sue Bird is two-time veteran of the Celebrity Game. She may be able to use this unique insight to guide her team to victory. Though realistically, all she needs to do it keep Quavo on the floor for an easy win.
Player Skill Ranking:
- Ray Allen
- Stephanie Dolson
- Ronnie 2K
- Adam Ray
- James Shaw Jr.
- Bad Bunny
- AJ Buckley
- Marc Lasry
- Hasan Minaj
- Amanda Seales
- Brad Williams
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MEANDERINGS.... "On the road we're somebody else's guests and we play in a way that they're not going to forget we visited them".....Knute Rockne
Hello....This begins year XIV of Meanderings. I am gratified that during this time your interest has remained constant. So much has changed in college football that impacts the game today...The internet...$4M coaches...Constant year around interest...The money -OH all that money...Television (ESPN, FOX, DIRECTV etc)...Facilities...Astute followers could probably add a few more things that have changed and now it is not the same game it was 15 years ago..
One question I am always asked is "What do you think of Sark"...I like Sark. Taking charge of a winless comatose leaderless program whose life had been sucked out of it and to see the growth in just three seasons (two bowl games) is a remarkable achievement. Sark like all coaches is not without warts...but coming in this was a five year project. To those who may be disappointed and expected more... 2013 is the year when it is a straight up or down on Sark. For now Sark Sark gets a pass. He acted boldly after the Alamo massacre and the steps he took were beyond what anyone could have expected in just eight months. If Sark remains at the helm recruiting can only get even better...and the chance to compete for those championships Sark likes to talk about...
I look forward to your continued interest in 2012...and your comments...
Remember the number 56 from the Alamo Bowl? The only thing Husky Land could possibly retreat from San Antonio with...56 points! Fix that 777 Defense and possibly there is hope for 2012 if the Offense could build on their Alamo performance...Well one game in at least half the equation seems to be working...The D actually played like a Husky D...while the O should have reminded us all how important Chris Polk was for the Huskies the last two years and why he is now in the NFL...
Assuming the faithful won't have to be continually reminded...this program is still awfully young which translates into up and down moments during a brutal schedule which will sorely test the Huskies. There is much to like about this 2012 team that could be affected by what is already a disturbing trend... injuries. For now the tonic is patience while the motto is still "2013"...The program is marching in the right direction. Sark has managed to retool the Defense on and off the field which translates to an improving product as the 2013 march begins...
The Defense can only improve as it masters a new scheme...A perfect example on why coaching and leadership matters. No more of this "keep everything in front of you while you back pedal"...which in the past created a D that seemed to play timid and confused. Defense is about attacking your opponent...Imagine how you might feel if Sark had not pulled the grenade pin and it was last year all over again?...
As nervous as some fans are after just one game look around the PAC. I can think of five schools who are happy their games weren't carried on DIRECTV. While the Huskies are heavy underdogs at LSU...this team will play better...and the level of competition is good for them...Sark loves these games so we shall see...
Did anyone not see this Alabama mauling of Michigan coming? A lot of good teams appeared in mid season form...Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Ohio St, OU despite their soft opponents were ready to go which I thought would be the same with the Huskies...At LSU lets see how the Huskies match up against one thing all SEC teams have...Speed.
Nick Saban just reloads. The recent article on the Dawgfather attending the 40th reunion of the only Kent St. championship season reminded me how linked Saban is to the James wagon. Saban might have never ended up coaching if his wife wasn't a year behind him in school. Just hanging around with nothing to do the Dawgfather offered Saban a GA position aside Gary Pinkel and the Saban saga was born...
Ironically Pinkel & Saban not only played and coached together at K State...Pinkel followed Saban as HC at Toledo where both friends started the head coaching careers...Ponder this...Who does Saban consider his greatest mentor to be...The Dawgfather who had Saban as a player and coach or Bill Belichick who hired Saban as DC of the Browns after just one season at Toledo?...
The PAC 12 dash for the cash reminds us of the unkind reality between networks and content providers. Forgetting the Dish Network...no agreement with DIRECTV and its 20M households is a major embarrassment for the PAC...The CAL AD's publicity stunt of switching to Comcast away from DIRECTV solved what? How many more PAC fans will follow Sandy Barbour if they also happen to want the NFL package....only available thru DIRECTV?
The shots at Larry Scott are misdirected. PAC networks president Gary Stevenson and PAC media guru Kevin Weiberg are the guys who need to explain how badly they played their hand with DIRECTV... Weiberg is the "guy" who is a former Big 12 Comish who departed in 2007 for the Big 10 network and was idling at NBA Properties when Backhand Larry called...Coachnews may have something on this if the rumors of Wiberg's Big 12 departure are true...
Fans screaming at DirecTV or Dish miss the mark...Your angst and ire needs to be directed at PAC member schools...Your discord will be taken a lot more seriously by schools needing fans & booster support than at DIRECTV who had $27B in revenue and a $7B profit in 2011. Scott Woodward's curious comment where he took a shot at the Big 10 network ignores a sad reality...The Big 10 network has been around for five years and reaches 90 million homes...and the first carriers to reach out to the Big 10 when a conference network was a novel idea?...Dish and DIRECTV...
Lets hope the 2012 season is full of surprises & excitement that will somehow redirect college football away from Penn St. without forgetting their shame and punishment are well deserved. The image of Mark Emmert laying the wood to the Nittany Lions should never be forgotten...This rapid move reminded us of Old West justice or those Russian purge trials during the Stalin era...
Penn St. desperately wanted this to go away and threw themselves at the "Mercy" of the court... Ironically itwas Penn State's own investigation that has turned Happy Valley into a football morgue for the next 10 years...
The Louie Freeh report ended up being the hammer. Recently I spoke with someone familiar with the investigation who says Freeh's background as a federal prosecutor before his FBI days ultimately sank the Lions. Freeh's primary focus was on finding illegality and abherrant behavior not on exoneration for the events surrounding this sordid affair...
Now that Mark Emmert has given the NCAA new relevance...you can bet the guys running Duck nation are losing a lot of sleep as they now know their days are surely numbered...
Anyone wonder why USC is holding their breath...again? Th LA Times expose signals home town U is not likely to get a media pass...likely because of the Penn St. fallout. From my view Lane Kiffin borrowing the "Mercedes Jet" from a well heeled booster and then crowing about it after flying east to grab Penn State's top RB sent the wrong message. AD Pat Haden for now is stuck with Lane. Kiffen better not screw up because Haden is lurking and he did not hire Kiffin. Haden was hired to clean up USC athletics...and it appears his hands are full...
ODDS & ENDS...In landing Michigan-Alabama at Cowboys Stadium Jerry Jones foray into college football is now complete...When the "new" BCS emerges expect Jerry & Cowboys Stadium to be right in the middle for one reason...Nobody will outspend Jerry...So Ken Armstrong has been at it again dishing old Huskies dirt as if it was breaking news. Keep in mind his "book" languishes in 16,000th place for copies sold...Grinolds mentions Sark appeared out of "sync" after the trick play...Not a good quality for the head coach...In golf its the next shot...not the last one... Oh those injuries...Now we will find out if Erich Wilson is the sleeper Sark believes in...Breaking Lynn Swann's scoring record at Serra High is a good resume builder...Brock Huard's sterling prime national network debut and Ed Cunningham's ongoing work highlights a growing problem...With so many games on TV the ever growing cadre of lousy play by play and color commentary announcing makes some games unwatchable...Husky nation are fortunate Huard and Cunningham get high marks for their professionalism, insight, and clarity...Now almost anything goes especially is you happen to be an out of work ex athlete...The Times recently had a story about the number of excellent HS QB's coming out of Puget Sound...No mystery here...the coaching and community support at the HS level is as good as it gets nationally...When the Dawgfather arrived in 1975 one of his lesser known projects was the UW outreach to football coaches around the state with regular clinics & camps...It helped set a base point on the correct way to do things and nearly 40 years later it is a testimonial on the level of play and the number of quality players in the region... Anyone see the new UCLA uniform look?... Simply horrible. In fact...is there is theme to the the varied Husky look?...Some of these combinations look like they were designed in North Korea. Since this seems to be the new trend shouldn't the UW reach out to Nike and have their own "look" rather than the mismatch that exists now?...Surely there is a better looking helmet than this white incantation...What is Sark planning for his national TV moment Saturday?...
Huskies For The Moment...
The 1936 Huskies Gold Medal in rowing at the Berlin Olympics over the heavily favored Germans doesn't receive enough attention. Defeating the Germans with Hitler and Herman Goering in attendance just as they were for Jesse Owens 100M victory...reminded the world during that perilous time that sports is the great equalizer over the evil and misery on this planet...and those with spirit and grit can make a difference against all odds...
Ed Cunningham....Seems to be a guy we have taken for granted for over 20 years...National Champion... Five year NFL Career...Successful broadcaster....and now Oscar winner. Kudos to Ed who continues to live a life of distinction...A true Husky..."
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