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Talk about the celebrities and young players' games on All-Star Friday Night.

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NBA All-Star Weekend's here, so here's a rundown on the All-Star events happening on Friday:

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

When and Where: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN at Madison Square Garden

This game is a novelty, but sometimes, you get to see folks who you wouldn't think aren't particularly good at basketball show that they can make some moves on the court. That makes this game fascinating for me.

The players who will be here include:

Participant What he or she's known for
Kevin Hart Comedian
Ansel Elgort on ABC's "blackish"
Anthony Anderson on ABC's "blackish"
Common Rapper
Mo'ne Davis Little League phenom pitcher in 2014
Win Butler lead singer for Arcade Fire
Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in the movie "42"
Allan Houston Assistant GM for the New York Knicks; former NBA All-Star
Sarah Silverman Comedienne
Chris Mullin Basketball Hall of Famer
Nick Cannon Host of "America's Got Talent"
Blake Leeper U.S. Paralympian
Michael Rapaport actor, was on "Boston Public"
Robert Pera Memphis Grizzlies owner
Kristen Ludlow NBA Inside Stuff host
Abhishek Bachchan Indian movie actor
Tina Charles Center for the WNBA's New York Liberty
Skylar Diggins Guard for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock
Shoni Schimmel Guard for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream

The coaches include New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and filmmaker Spike Lee, while ESPN's Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will be coaching the other team. Isaiah Austin, who had a very nice moment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in last year's draft will also be an assistant coach.

Rising Stars Challenge

When and Where: 9 p.m. ET on TNT at Barclays Center

Otto Porter unfortunately won't be playing in this year's annual showcase of the NBA's top rookies and sophomores. In this year's challenge, there will be a Team USA vs. Team World format, and the rosters look pretty intriguing, especially for Team World:

Team USA Team World
Player Team Player Team
Trey Burke Jazz Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Pistons Bojan Bogdanovic Nets
Robert Covington 76ers Matthew Dellavedova Cavaliers
Zach LaVine Timberwolves Gorgui Dieng Timberwolves
Shabazz Muhammad Timberwolves Dante Exum Jazz
Nerlens Noel 76ers Rudy Gobert Jazz
Victor Oladipo Magic Nikola Mirootic Bulls
Elfrid Payton Magic Kostas Papanikolaou Rockets
Mason Plumlee Nets Dennis Schroeder Hawks
Cody Zeller Hornets Andrew Wiggins Timberwolves
Michael Carter-Williams* 76ers Steven Adams* Thunder
Jusuf Nurkic* Nuggets
Kelly Olynyk* Celtics

*denotes a player named to the challenge but cannot play due to injury.

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry will coach Team USA while Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson will coach the Team World.