ORLANDO, Florida — The stars weren’t just on the court Sunday night during the NBA 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando as music and Hollywood’s brightest came out to watch the Eastern ballers battle against the Western stars. Before the big game, some of our favorites walked the red carpet and talked b-ball with MTV News.
“Bananas” is how actor Pooch Hall described NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Comedian Kevin Hart had a few highlights, but none bigger than when he won the MVP award for Friday’s celebrity all-star game. Hart led his team to victory by scoring eight points and six assists. “I played a lot this year. I knew I was going to be playing in the celebrity game. A lot of people take this situation for granted — I don’t,” he told MTV News in jest. “What I did was I did a lot of weight training, a lot of cardio. It paid off — my endurance was where it was supposed to be. I played 38 minutes, which is unheard of in a celebrity game.”
Hart’s celebrity teammate Vinny Guadagnino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” didn’t fare as well on the stat sheet, but enjoyed the weekend all the same. “It’s my first All-Star Game, going for the East, New York, all day,” he said.
Another NYC native, Michael Rapaport, wasn’t rooting for a hometown hero in the ASG. He was actually hoping that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard would come up big and have a great outing. But it didn’t happen. Instead Dwight finished with nine points for the losing Eastern Conference All-Star squad.
It was a fun but highly contested game that was decided in the final seconds. Pooch Hall just hoped that no one got hurt. Unfortunately though, L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a broken nose after he was fouled hard by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
Still, there didn’t seem to be any hard feelings throughout the entire weekend. “For me, All-Star is about having fun, and you see all these guys who are friends hanging out and having a good time, so it makes it great,” LaLa Vasquez Anthony said.