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LATIFAH TO COACH TEAM IN CELEBRITY B-BALL GAME: ESPN to televise spectacle on Friday

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*Queen Latifah and Eva Longoria will coach opposing teams that will face each other in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, presented by 2K Sports as part of NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston.

Nelly, Nick Cannon, Donald Faison and Ice Cube are among the celebrities set to take the floor for the event, to be televised live on ESPN on Friday (Feb. 17) at 7 p.m. (ET). SportsCenter guru Stuart Scott will host the matchup, Mark Jones will call play-by-play and Tom Tolbert and Sal Masakela will serve as courtside reporters.

The All-Star Celebrity Game will feature two teams: Longoria’s H-Town vs. Latifah’s Clutch City. Participants in the game will wear uniforms outfitted by Reebok, the exclusive uniform supplier of the NBA. The home team will wear the Houston Rockets’ Hardwood Classics’ Night uniform, while the away team will wear the Rocket’s red jerseys. 

NBA All-Star 2006 will feature a week of activities that culminates with the annual All-Star Game, which features the top players from the Eastern and Western conferences going head to head. The game will be televised on TNT on Sunday (Feb. 19) at 8 p.m. (ET). 

Here are the lineups for the two teams:

• Clutch City: Coach, Queen Latifah; GM - ESPN’s Greg Anthony; Bow Wow, hip-hop artist/actor; Andrew Firestone, ABC’s The Bachelor; Donald Fasion, actor; Chris Meloni, actor; Ice Cube, actor/performer; Kevin Frazier, Entertainment; Swin Cash, WNBA’s Detroit Shock.

• H-Town: Coach:  Eva Longoria; GM - ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith; Nick Cannon, actor/singer; Chris Brown, R&B singer; Carlos Bernard, actor; Nelly, hip hop artist; Brandon Routh, actor; Tony Potts, Access Hollywood; Becky Hammon, WNBA’s NY Liberty


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