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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 1:25 pm  |  51 responses

Dime Drop: Summer of George

As we learned over All-Star Weekend, Jason Alexander’s still got it.

Originally published in SLAM 148

by Maurice Bobb / @reesereport

At the 2011 NBA BBVA All-Star Celebrity Game in Los Angeles, currently svelte Jenny Craig spokesman Jason Alexander was an afterthought compared to pop sensation Justin Bieber, who took home the MVP hardware for his efforts. Costanza might’ve made the Tiger Beat poster boy lick toxic envelopes for hogging all the glory, but the actor did the opposite, congratulating Biebs and relishing in the fact that all of the women in attendance, including Rick Fox’s scorching hot girlfriend, Eliza Dushku, “wanted him for his fantastic new body.” We caught up with the erstwhile latex salesman from Vandelay Industries to talk about the Knicks, Bieber and how he’d have rained threes on Scottie Pippen if he’d been allowed to suit up.

SLAM: You were an assistant coach for this year’s Celeb Game. Why weren’t you playing?

Jason Alexander: I’m waiting to be called on to the court right now [laughs]. No, I didn’t play because I didn’t want to embarrass Scottie Pippen. I own the three-point jumper. He’s got nothing on me. I am wearing a uniform under my outfit, only because I heard the cheerleaders were more likely to pull a player into the back room and I wanted to be ready to make that move if need be.

SLAM: OK, would George Costanza play?

JA: George would have no place here. First of all, this is not his sport. Baseball is George’s sport. He’ll always be a Yankee [laughs]. This coaching thing is fun. We had an extensive one-and-a-half minute speech before the game. Bill Walton won’t stop asking for my advice. I’ve never seen such an insecure guy. But what I wanna know is where the fuck is Jack Nicholson? Isn’t this his town? I was expecting him to be courtside.

SLAM: What are your thoughts on Justin Bieber’s basketball skills?

JA: Bieber’s a chucker. I’m going back to my Seinfeld references. He’s a chucker. He’s throwing up a lot of “Hope to God” chucks. But I gotta tell ya, the little son of a gun has some moves, huh? He’s fast, he can shoot and I think he’s a little bit of a surprise to everybody. And US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan? I’m very impressed with him. He can play.

SLAM: Well, he was co-captain of the basketball team at Harvard and plays ball with President Obama on the regular.

JA: I did not know that. Wow.

SLAM: You grew up in New York. Were you a big Knicks fan?

JA: I’ll tell you what’s interesting: My uncle used to direct television for the Mets, Knicks and Ranger games, and I was an avid fan as a kid. I was at all the games back in the ’70s when it was all about Willis Reed, Earl Monroe and those guys. I burned out on it, though. By the time I went to college, I was like “I don’t wanna see any of it anymore.” So I haven’t followed a team and I haven’t followed a sport. I’m so out of it now. I don’t know who’s who anymore.

SLAM: Well, I’m sure you’re aware the Knicks are back now that they have some big-time players again.

JA: You know what? New York is a great sports town and all you gotta do is give us a handful of good players and the energy of the town sweeps through the team. I actually haven’t been to a Knick game live since MJ was playing, how about that? But if the Knicks are exciting again like they were with Reed and The Pearl, I may have to finally get out to one again.

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  • Riggs

    I know he hates still being known for seinfeld.

  • Shourjo

    Why is this news? He’s done, he’s been done – for what, a dozen yrs?

  • Maurice Bobb

    My all-time favorite interview

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    George-boy. Love it.

  • Riggs

    these pretzels are making me thirsty

  • Maurice Bobb

    My favorite episode of Seinfeld is The Roommate Switch, with the Marine Biologist coming in a close second…

  • Gatsby

    favorite episode is “the face painter” but yea I’m not sure why this is news. Although to me it’s cool, to mix up a little basketball with a random interview with Jason Alexander. That’s why I love slam, always keep things interesting

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I WAS IN THE POOL!!!!!

  • Fat Lever

    Riggs, why do you say that? He hasn’t done much since the show and he made a Seinfeld reference himself without being asked. I mean, when you’re one of the greatest television characters of all time, there’s no escaping that.

  • JTaylor21

    Fav episode is the contest.

  • HAMMER

    “Can’t stand ya”

  • HAMMER

    “Its the Moops!”

  • Maurice Bobb

    ” Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

  • logues

    frank caliendo doing george is classic

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    “And so, without further ado, I give you.. the candy line-up…”

  • Kedrock

    “The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli…”

  • Kedrock

    “Oh yeah, well The Jerk Store called, they’re running out of you.”

  • Maurice Bobb

    “You’re giving me the ‘It’s not you, it’s me routine?’ I invented ‘It’s not you, it’s me.’ Nobody tells me it’s them, not me. If it’s anybody it’s me.”

  • andrew

    The Rogue’s Wallet. That’s where he kept his card, his dirty little

    secret. Short, devious, balding. his name was Costanza. He killed my mother.

  • andrew

    actually im not sure if you listen to bill simmons podcast but apparently bill walton called him ‘george’ the entire game while he was assistant coaching! lol true story

  • HAMMER

    “Would you like to make a donation to the Human Fund?”

  • HAMMER

    “You know what’s better than conjugal sex? Fugitive sex”

  • HAMMER

    “You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again”

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    HAMMER’s en fuego

  • HAMMER

    What can I say man? Im a Seinfeld fan. Haha!

  • Maurice Bobb

    “So now, when the phone rings, you have to answer “Vandelay Industries”

  • http://bulls.com airs

    lovin all these quotes hahah

  • HAMMER

    “You turn your key Mauren! Turn your key!”

  • HAMMER

    “I don’t celebrate Christmas Mr. Krueger. I celebrate Festivus”

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    whole lot of white people on this one.

  • Maurice Bobb

    A Festivus for the rest of us!

  • HAMMER

    ^ Alot of us brown people luv Seinfeld 2 yo. Idiota

  • MikeC.

    And it begins…the airing of grievances.

  • Marisa Warren

    “I lie every second of the day. My whole life is a sham.”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Jason is hilarious on Curb Your Enthusiasm too. “Acting Without Acting,” lol.

  • Tiffany Guilbeaux

    “Do you ever get down on your knees and thank God you know me and have access to my dementia?”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice interview, Maurice!

  • John Rogers

    “You know I always wanted to pretend I was an architect.”

  • Melissa Dunn

    “I’m speechless. I have no speech.”

  • PJ Fode

    “Kramer goes to a fantasy camp? His whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down $2000 to live like him for a week. Sleep, do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have sex without dating… THAT’S a fantasy camp.”

  • Maurice Bobb

    Thanks Teddy. I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, so this interview was somehow like scratching something off a bucket list for me

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    As much as I like him, the interview was kinda point-less.. He says he hasn’t been a fan since the MJ days.. I used to like cartoons..

  • JoeMaMa

    What, no Pretty Woman quotes?

  • hoodsnake

    Co-sign kedrock I still have that Jerkstore clip on my Blackberry lol

  • hillbilly

    @BossTerry “You’re killing independent George!”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’ve loved this thread: Seinfeld and NBA together at last…

  • NJ4Life

    “The Human Fund: ‘Money for People’ “

  • ClydeSays

    “You’re giving me the ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ routine? I invented ‘It’s not you, it’s me.’ Nobody tells me it’s them, not me. If it’s anybody, it’s me.”

  • HAMMER

    Body Suit Man

  • HAMMER

    Coco the Monkey
    T-Bone
    Gammy

  • Gregg

    “She was the only woman I never lied to…well, that isn’t entirely true”

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