To Get Into All Those All-Star Game Parties, It'll Cost You a Thou. That's Ludacris!
Here's the most up-to-date list of NBA All-Star Weekend parties I've seen to date -- though there are some notable no-shows, among them John Singleton's "Black Hollywood Red Carpet" throwdown with Vivica A. Fox at the Fashion Industry Gallery on February 14. That's because that particular event isn't included on the itinerary for the Dallas All-Star Weekend Passport, a Ray Crockett-Vibe mag joint that's supposed to get you into everything from the Thursday-night Palladium kick-off featuring Ludacris and the same-night "All-Star Hollywood Celebrity Soiree" at Union Station (Biz Markie!) to the weekend's other parties being hosted by the likes of Duncanville High's Crockett, Michael Vick (!) and Sean Combs, who's taking his closing-night wingding to Northwest Dallas.
A Friday-night party at F.I.G. is being advertised as a till-6 a.m. event, and ... hey, waitaminute. They're reopening the Starck Club that weekend? Anyway. The regular passport runs $499; the no-waiting-required VIP passport runs $999. Either way you get Biz Markie, and both passports include shuttle service to-and-fro.
Incidentally, we just got the final roster for the All-Star Celebrity Game being played February 12 at the Dallas Convention Center. Jump for it. But a spoiler: No Chuck. Different NBC star.
This is the final roster per the league office:
Doctor Oz (Host, The Dr. Oz Show)
Chris Tucker (Actor/Comedian)
Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks Owner)
Anthony Anderson (NBC's Law & Order)
Robert Horry (Seven-time NBA Champion)
Joel Moore (Avatar)
Rick Fox (Three-time NBA Champion)
Anthony Kim (PGA Tour Pro)
Chris Mullin (Five-time NBA All-Star)
Pitbull (Musician, "I Know You Want Me")
Nancy Lieberman (Basketball Hall of Famer)
"Scooter" Christensen (Harlem Globetrotters)
"Special K" Daley (Harlem Globetrotters)
"Flight Time" Lang (Harlem Globetrotters)
"Big Easy" Lofton (Harlem Globetrotters)
Coach: Alonzo Mourning (Five-time NBA All-Star)
Coach: Magic Johnson (Basketball Hall of Famer, ESPN analyst)
Assistant Coach: Mario Lopez