We should be talking MORE about Common! This past All-Star Weekend REMINDED us that he is and has always been an All-Star in the business….
Common was the captain of his Celebrity ALL STAR team and lead his team to victory as the MVP…
Common represented for the home team by winning MVP at this year’s All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 14, 2020, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Common’s team, coached by Michael Wilbon crushed Chance the Rapper’s team, coached by Stephen A. Smith with a score of 62-47.
Common wore No. 25 as a tribute to Ben Wilson, a high school basketball star who was gunned down as a teenager in Chicago. Common is no stranger to the game; as a child, he was a ball-boy for the Chicago Bulls. In 2010, he played an NBA athlete who was injured during the 2009 All-Star Game in the movie Just Wright alongside Queen Latifah.
Lil Rel, Hannibal Burress, Spice Adams and NBA legends Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson were all there on behalf of their hometown Chicago. Former Chicago Bulls stars Horace Grant and Nate Robinson were revealed as secret players during the course of the event. Arnie Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, showcased his exceptional skills during the night’s festivities. Ultimately, the night belonged to Common and his team.
Team Wilbon (Home)
Captain: Common (rapper, actor)
Bad Bunny (recording artist)
Hannibal Buress (actor, comedian)
Kane Brown (four-time AMA Award-winning artist)
Jon Batiste (musician, bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Alex Moffat (actor and comedian, “Saturday Night Live”)
Chef José Andrés (chef and humanitarian)
Famous Los (comedian, social media influencer)
Jidenna (recording artist)
Chelsea Gray (WNBA)
Quentin Richardson (NBA legend)
Team Stephen A. (Away)
Captain: Chance The Rapper (rapper)
Taylor Bennett (rapper)
LaRoyce Hawkins (actor, “Chicago PD”)
Anthony “Spice” Adams (Aka, Cream E. Biggums, actor, comedian, former NFL defensive tackle)
Marc Lasry (co-owner, Milwaukee Bucks)
Ronnie 2K (marketing director at 2K Sports)
Katelyn Ohashi (gymnast)
Lil Rel Howery (actor-comedian)
A’ja Wilson (WNBA)
Darius Miles (NBA legend)
Common was also the MVP of Friday’s Celebrity Game and a judge in Saturday’s Slam Dunk Contest. He served as the master of ceremonies for the pregame festivities, first leading us through a tribute to his hometown of Chicago, where the game is being played, that also honored Kobe Bryant, who died in January.
From there, he introduced the starting lineups for both teams, starting with Team Giannis. The twist? He did so in spoken word form and rhymed every player with a description of them. Some highlights include rhyming “Adebayo” with “style” and “Walker” with “Gibraltar.”
He then moved on to Team LeBron, whose names sadly weren’t as difficult to rhyme.
More of the intros HERE
Common…keep shining…. Thank you brother!
A true All-Star!