This is the first in a new series where Danger Guerrero and Martin Rickman email each other about important sports issues and then publish those emails. It’s not a new story form by any means, and admittedly it’s kind of lazy, but it is fun, and we like to have fun, so we hope you enjoy it.
Martin: It’s almost that time, Danger. It’s almost my favorite weekend of the year, NBA All-Star weekend. A lot of people think the whole spectacle is eye-roll worthy, but All-Star weekend gives us so many amazing moments, it’s hard to pick the best of them. Kevin Hart yells about stuff, one time we had a lightsaber battle with Charles Barkley, Shaq is doing stuff, and of course, there’s the celebrity game.
We’ve grown accustomed to certain performances over the years (remember Bieber balling out?), and this year they took a new format, with Drake and Hart coaching the teams in a sort of Ryder Cup scenario.
Jason Sudeikis, Michael B. Jordan, Win Butler of Arcade Fire (!!!) The Property Brothers, and Rick Fox are all playing this year, but I want to go one step further on this. And I know you’re the person to help me.
If we were to make a Dream Team (a Mount Rushmore, if you will) of Celebrity All-Star Game participants, who would it be? It doesn’t have to be people who have played in the game. I just want to build the best possible team of celebrities we possibly can.
I guess the first thing is to set the rules. Do we want this based on talent? Entertainment factor? Some mixture of the two? If you just get good basketball players, it’s not a fun game. It’s just another All-Star game. I’m inclined to lean more toward mixing it up a bit.
Let’s draft. I’ll give you the first pick because that’s just the kind of guy I am.