RICHMOND- Mike Wilbon of ESPN is no stranger to the viewing public.
As the host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and former Washington Post columnist, he’s seen it all. So when he was announced as a coach for the 2020 Celebrity All Star game, it was no surprise..
Going up against the man with the hairline aka Stephen A Smith? That’s a whole different matter.
Thankfully for Wilbon, it was his night as he cruised to victory in his hometown of Chicago by a score of 62-47 over colleague Stephen A Smith.
Actor and Rap-Artist Common took home MVP honors after registering 10 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL.
Before the game, both teams paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and former commissioner David Stern with a moment of silence.
Wilbon summed up his victory in just a few words as he paid tribute to his hometown.
“This was just a great night for the city of Chicago” Wilbon said.
In addition to his win in the All-Star Game, Wilbon also received the 2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Quentin Richardson also had a big night for Team Wilbon by dropping 12 points and 12 rebounds. Famous Los led the team in scoring with 25 points.
Smith wasted no time expressing his displeasure for losing following the events of the game.
“Wilbon had the deck stacked in his favor”, Smith said. “Tough situation but it is what it is”.
Smith went on Get Up! and First Take Monday morning to rant about his frustrations of losing on prime-time television.
In fairness, Wilbon did have a spectacular lineup and had home field advantage.
However, Smith has repeatedly stated that champions don’t make excuses.
In addition to his berating the loss, Smith even received a technical during the game, much to the enjoyment of the viewing public.
“I had to chuckle and shake my head”, Connor Hicks said. “I guess the mouth finally caught up”.
Quavo was the main player of focus for Team Smith registering nine points while WNBA player A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring with 11.
One player who earned the hearts of the entire public was former Chicago Bulls 3x champion Horace Grant.
Grant played with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and some star guy named Jordan (who’s that?).
The Celebrity All Star Game usually provides comic relief with a pinch of intense basketball
The game has been popular in recent years thanks to comedian Kevin Hart.
Hart won 4 celebrity all star MVPs while including himself (albeit jokingly) among the greats such as Kobe and Lebron in terms of MVP stature.
Next year’s event will take place in Indianapolis. Smith’s reaction? Typical bowing of the head and finger in the mouth while being nervous.