Before the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game got underway inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday (Feb. 17), the guest celebrity players had a little smack-talk and a lot of love for New Orleans as they prepared for tip-off.
New Orleans’ own Romeo Miller is a veteran on the Celebrity Game court, returning home for his third competition.
“My mind-frame is a lot different. The last celebrity games I played in, I was like … ‘I should be in the NBA right now,'” Miller said, referring to his own run in Division 1 basketball at USC. “I didn’t consider myself a celebrity, because my skills are too amazing. I’m like Russell Westbrook trapped in this body, you know. Now, it’s no prisoners. All those other celebrities, they better watch out, because I’m not taking anything for granted.”
Miller is just one of several celebrities with local ties, including his father, Master P, who joins him on the West team coached by New Orleanian Michael Smith.
Win Butler, the frontman for Arcade Fire and the MVP of the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and his wife, Regine Chassagne, moved to the city about three years ago.
“It feels like a hometown game,” he said. “I’m feeling loose. I’ve been to many games in the Dome. I’m not nervous in front of big crowds. I’m not nervous. I think I’ll be OK.”