WNBA Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla, will be on the court sooner than her fans could have expected.
The WNBA All-Star MVP is set to play in this year’s NBA Celebrity All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 13. Three WNBA players were selected to participate: stars, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock, and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty will join Schimmel.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and the team’s No. 1 fan, Spike Lee, will coach this year’s game alongside ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, according to a news release.
But Schimmel will have a bit of competition if she’s vying for the Celebrity MVP award.
Funnyman Kevin Hart, who has won the trophy for the last three years, might take it from her. If he does, imagine all the “trash talk” that might occur on the court in pursuit of the title.
Here are 10 celebrities playing in this year’s All-Star Game and the "trash-talking" (or not) you might hypothetically hear them say to Shoni on the court:
Kevin Hart, Actor/Comedian
“Ah, hell no. That was foul, and you know you’re playing dirty, Ms. rez ball!
Anthony Anderson, Actor “Blackish”
"You’re Native American? Damn. I didn’t think I’d ever meet one of ya’ll. Much less on a basketball court (laughs). Nah, I'm just messin' with you, Shoni. Now pass me the ball!”
Common, Actor/Rapper “Selma”
“Man, you can ball, Shoni. Seriously. No, like SER-IOU-SLY.”
Mo’ne Davis, Little League phenom
“Hi Shoni. Can you teach me rez ball? I want to play like you some day.”
Nick Cannon, “America’s Got Talent” host
“Bam! Shoni, you killed that three!”
Win Butler, Lead Singer Arcade Fire
“Sing with me Shoni. ‘We are the Champions, my friends…’”
Four more celebrities who are also playing in this year’s All-Star Game and what you might hear them say (hypothetically) to Shoni Schimmel on the court:
Michael Rapaport, Actor
“Would you consider playing for the Knicks? I mean, Spike [Lee] may disagree, but I think they need someone like you.”
Ansel Elgort, Actor
“Any advice for how to manage my Twitter fan base? I know you’ve got thousands of fans too.”
Chris Mullin, Basketball Hall of Famer
“I know a thing or two about playing on a Dream team. Just watch me.”
Kristen Ledlow, co-host “NBA Inside Stuff” and first female reporter to be hired by the network
“I can totally relate to being the first at doing something. We should grab coffee some time.”
Other celebrities slated to participate in the game include, gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic athlete, Blake Leeper; actor, Chadwick Boseman (“42”); former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston; Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera; and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan.