Bieber Fever: MVP
Justin Bieber loses game, but wins MVP at All-Star Celebrity Game.
by Maurice Bobb / @reesereport
For those who took solace in the fact that Justin Bieber was shut out of the Grammy’s last week, your nightmare continues. Despite his West squad catching a 54-49 L to the East in the BBVA 2011 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on center court at Jam Session, the 16-year-old Canadian pop singing sensation took home the MVP hardware, a move that added a few decibels to the already high-volume shrieking by little girls in attendance.
After dropping 8 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds on the opposing D, The Beebs, who was swallowed whole by his uni, showed the capacity crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center that he “got game.” Just ask Common. The star of the No. 2 movie in the country, Never Say Never, crossed the Chicago-bred MC out of his sneaks in the opening quarter. Then there was the two of three shooting from behind the arc, the dribbling behind the back and the sneaky lob passes. All in all, the floppy-haired teen idol showed up and showed out.
All eyes were on Bieber, but Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen was no slouch. The Hall of Famer led all scorers with 17 points on 5-6 shooting from three-point land and gave Bieber detractors something to smile about when he stamped “return to sender” on one of the diminutive star’s field-goal attempts.
Common won’t soon live down getting shook by Bieber, but he made up for it by finishing with 10 points on a team that also featured former NBA sharpshooter Mitch Richmond (8 points), Chris Mullin (5 points) and Nick Cannon (1 point). The surprise of the night had to be US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan schooling cats on the court en route to seven points, five boards and two dimes.
The West was led by rapper Romeo and former Fab Fiver Jalen Rose, who finished with 14 and 13 points respectively. Rob Kardasian, who still raises questions to the validity of his “celebrity,” finished with two points. On hand to watch him were brother-in-law Lamar Odom, sis Khloe Kardashian and pops Bruce Jenner.
Also in attendance were Jamie Foxx and Eliza Dushku, who was cheering on boyfriend Rick Fox of the West squad. Celebs rounding out the teams were Trey Songz, Swin Cash, AC Green and Zac Levi of the West and Michael Rappaport, Tamika Catchings and Jason Sudeikis of SNL of the East squad.
The victors were coached by Hall of Famer Bill Walton and Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander. The West was captained by Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and Ty Burrell of ABC’s Modern Family.