In 1969, Jerry West became the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP in a losing effort, as his Lakers fell 4-3 to the Celtics despite an amazing effort.
Justin Bieber followed in the logo’s footsteps on Friday, taking home All-Star Celebrity Game MVP honors despite his West team’s 54-49 loss.
Bieber notched eight points, two rebounds and four assists — including a three-pointer and an alley-oop pass, according to NBA.com.
“He played pretty well,” said leading-scorer Scottie Pippen, “but he has an ugly shot.”
“He’s got a nice little game,” Chris Mullin said of Bieber, “but more importantly, he’s got great passion. It looked like he loves the game.”
Even Bill Simmons got a case of Bieber fever in the wake of the game.
“He kept coming back,” he said. “He wasn’t afraid.”
It wasn’t all good for Bieber, though. He did go just 3-11 from the field, and was a minus-10 in 25 minutes of action.
Photo of the day
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Quote of the day
“Although I’m disappointed not to be included on this year’s HOF ballot,I sincerely wish the best of luck to this year’s Class of Finalists, all of whom I admire and respect greatly.”
–Reggie Miller, via Twitter, on missing out on the Hall of Fame ballot
Comment of the day
It’s never good when you give the “I don’t want to talk about my weight” ultimatum. Well done, Joba Chamberlain.
“Maybe he picked up the weight that CC has supposedly lost?”
Tweet of the day
Apparently, not everybody wants to credit the year of experience for John Lackey being “comfortable” in the AL East.
Video of the day
Ron Artest‘s mental-health awareness campaign has made it all the way to MSNBC.