Canadian stars Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard will take to a different sporting court tonight. The two will participate in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game held at Ricoh Coliseum (ESPN, 7 p.m. EST). Homegrown rapper Drake and four-time celeb-game MVP and comedian Kevin Hart will serve as head coaches in the star-studded showdown.
Raonic and Bouchard have prepared for the event in their own ways. The former released a basketball-court version of his New Balance shoes, while the latter showed off the team lineups on Twitter with an emoji as punctuation.
Milos’s court shoes got a celebrity makeover.
— New Balance Tennis (@NBTennis) February 12, 2016
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 12, 2016
Those are some cool kicks, Milos.
The two will be joined on court for Team Canada by Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott (no relation), actor Tom Cavanagh, former pro ballers Rick Fox and Tracy McGrady, and more. Team USA includes the do-everything, be-everywhere Nick Cannon, actors Jason Sudeikis and Anthony Anderson, former NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Muggsy Bogues, and the rest of a motley crew.
Current NBA pros will take over on Sunday (Valentine’s Day, at that) for the proper All-Star Game. That will commence at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.
Your turn: Who’s your pick to win this Canada-versus-U.S. battle? And perhaps a better question: Can the 6’5″ Raonic dunk?
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