The official lineups for this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend festivities are continuing to roll out, and we’ve got confirmation of where we can find our fave WNBA players!
This morning, an official press release from the NBA confirmed that Atlanta Dream’s Shoni “Showtime” Schimmel, Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins, and New York Liberty’s Tina Charles will join 3X MVP and comedian Kevin Hart and a host of others for the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. This year’s coaches include New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony (*swoon*) and film director Spike Lee, as well as Mike Golic and Mike Greenburg (ESPN’s “Mike and Mike”), and NBA Cares Ambassador Isaiah Austin as assistant coach.
“Hart will be joined by film star Ansel Elgort; Anthony Anderson(ABC’s “blackish”); Common (“Selma”); Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis; Arcade Fire’s Win Butler; actor Chadwick Boseman (“42”); “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon; former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston; Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin; gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper; actorMichael Rapaport; Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera; NBA TV’s “NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy” co-host Kristen Ledlow; Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan; and WNBA stars Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty. This marks the first time that the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will be held in an NBA arena.”
The WNBA selections make perfect sense for this game. Skylar, (who played last year) is the emerging face of the league and a fan fave. Shoni had a breakout performance at last year’s WNBA All Star Game, dropping 7 three-pointers and setting a new record for the most points made in an All Star game with 29 points. Tina, a Jamaica, Queens native and one of the stars of the Liberty, will be the New York representative. And I’m so excited to see Mo’ne in the lineup, who has expressed that her dream is to play for UConn and play for the WNBA when she grows up. Well….this will be her 1st practice run in the big dogs, and judging by her Little League performance, she’ll be just fine.
Make sure you tune in Friday, Feb 13th at 7pm on ESPN!