Celebrities in Toronto for NBA All-Star game, met by chilly weather
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016 12:01PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:09PM EST
Celebrities and superstar athletes alike have flocked to the "6" to take part in the festivities during the NBA All-Star weekend.
The All-Star events kicked off on Friday with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge.
Actor Jason Sudeikis and comedian Kevin Hart were among stars who hit the court for the American side in the celebrity game.
Meanwhile, Canadian tennis pros Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard, as well as Win Butler of Arcade Fire suited up the Canadian squad. Raonic even wowed fans with a quasi-dunk.
The Canadian side was coached by Toronto rapper and the Raptors' global ambassador Drake, Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
New York Knicks super fan and famed director Spike Lee was also spotted courtside.
Other celebs spotted in the city include actor Vin Diesel, rappers Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, singer Usher, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and NBA legend Michael Jordan.
Many visiting the city couldn’t help but take note of the wave of wintry weather that had swept into Toronto over the weekend, as temperatures plummeted to minus-23 Celsius, which felt like minus-34, on Saturday.
The city issued an extreme cold weather alert – just the seventh of the 2015-16 winter, but the third since the start of all-star festivities.
Last winter, there were 39 days that called for an extreme cold weather alert.
When asked if friends and family who are in town were talking about the weather, Toronto Raptors all-star guard replied: "Everyone is."
"But it's still a great weekend," he added. "It can be cold, but everybody's still going to enjoy themselves and have fun."
His teammate DeMar DeRozan says he has gotten questions about the weather from fellow all-stars "every day."
"Nobody seems to believe me when I tell them this has been the worst. It's been a great winter until these last couple of days. Nobody seems to believe me though," said DeRozan.
DeRozan, who has spent all of his seven seasons in the league with the Raptors, went as far as calling this weekend the coldest he had experience in Toronto.
"By far. By far. You've got to take the good with the bad though I guess. We've great this great thing happening with the all-star game here, we've just got to have the bad weather," he said.
Former Raptor Chris Bosh, who left the club for the Miami Heat in 2010, said he got used to the frigid temperatures during his seven seasons in Toronto – to an extent.
It. Is. COLD #thatisall— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) February 11, 2016
Here's how some of the other stars visiting the city are reacting to Toronto's chilly temperatures on social media:
Dogg in the 6. 10 below. Zero. So cold pic.twitter.com/VUfp6rGLdJ
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 13, 2016
With files from The Canadian Press