All-Star / Feb 18, 2011 / 10:00 am

Justin Bieber vs. Scottie Pippen: The Battle for Celebrity Game MVP

The NBA Celebrity Game has evolved into an All-Star Weekend staple, like it or not. Sure, most fans really only look forward to All-Star Saturday Night, maybe the Rookie Challenge on Friday, and of course the main event on Sunday, but the Celebrity Game definitely flies under the radar as a must-see.

With the festivities this year being in L.A. — the hub of everything celebrity — the NBA had no choice but to incorporate a star-studded lineup. And does it really get any bigger than Justin Bieber, who apparently is an avid baller? The game is already sold out, which is an indication that the celebrity game is going to be bigger than ever before.

Joining Bieber in the game will be TV personalities Joel McHale (“The Soup”), Zac Levi (“Chuck”), Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) and Rob Kardashian (“My Sisters Are Way More Famous Than Me”). Rapper/actor Common is scheduled to play, as is rapper/actor and former USC benchwarmer Romeo Miller, and actor Michael Rappaport, whose 2009 Celebrity Game fouling spree puts him in the celeb game Hall of Fame.

As far as NBA alumni, Scottie Pippen, Mitch Ritchmond, A.C Green, Chris Mullin, Rick Fox and Jalen Rose will be taking the court with WNBA stars Tamika Catchings and Swin Cash. Signed up to coach are Bill Walton, Magic Johnson, Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Simmons and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”).

So who is going to shine among the stars? Bieber is one of those kids who just happens to be good at everything: He could very well take the NBA retirees by surprise, utilizing his youth to go HAM on their old asses. I can guarantee that when Pippen, Rose, Fox, Green, and Mullin are all huffing and puffing down the court, Bieber will be zooming past them for layups. Let’s not forget, this teeny-bopper goes on worldwide tours performing multiple songs a night and doesn’t lose a lick of energy throughout his performances. Expect to see Iron-Bieber running circles around the NBA elders. He’s my sleeper pick for MVP. (And if any of the ladies are on his team, they’ll constantly feed him the ball, as females have difficulty resisting his boyish charm.)

Nick Cannon should be a key contributor as well. He played a superstar basketball player/undercover cop in the movie Underclassmen. If his moves there were indicative of his real talent, he could mess around and get a triple-double. And if Rob Kardashian has been playing pick-up with brother-in-law Lamar Odom, expect him to be in game shape.

Reigning MVP Rappaport was nothing less than spectacular last year, shutting down two-time MVP Terrell Owens, holding him to a mere 10 points. Rappaport may not be too much of an offensive force (4 points last year) but the team doesn’t need him for offense — they need him to put Bieber on Rappaport Island.

Common is fresh off of playing an NBA player in the film Just Wright, so he should be in shape to compete. And maybe Romeo can prove to the world that he really did earn his spot on the USC Trojans and wasn’t just part of a package deal for best bud DeMar DeRozan. If not, DeRozan can have Romeo be his plus-one for the Slam Dunk contest.

If the NBA alums decide to exert some effort, Pippen is my MVP pick. A few years after he retired from the League he suited up for a game in Europe and showed he can still ball, and earlier this week at a Bulls/Bobcats game in Chicago, Pippen looked like he’s at least in better shape than Michael Jordan these days.

Watch out for Mullin and Richmond, though. As TNT’s Kenny Smith said earlier this season, a good jump shot is like a good woman: She’ll never leave you. Mullin and “Rock” Richmond don’t have to run fast to shoot the lights out.

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  • TJ 2

    i wanna see other celebs that can hoop like Chris Brown, bow wow, donald faison, and mike jones(not necessarily a celeb)! the ones that really cant play are annoying to watch lol! and not very entertaining!

  • First & Foremost

    There is nothing worst than watching people who can’t play a sport, play that sport. It is fine if you are in your backyard dragging both feet looking for someone to pass the ball to or roundhouse kicking while dribbling just to say you can dribble between your legs. It is not entertaining to see that done on a real court. They should have a celeb try-out.

  • Ape

    Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson – – why aren’t they invited to play these stupid celebrity games? How about Don ‘Earl Manigault’ Cheadle?

  • TIP

    *sigh*…the life of celebrities. Bieber was in Paris just yesterday for the premiere of his movie over there and now he’ll be in LA for tonight. I wish I could jump around the world just like that

  • Celts Fan

    @Jaimie – this is pure drivel. garbage like this is why I haven’t been on Dime as much lately. Bieber and Nick Cannon will make retired NBA vets look silly? GTFOH. Go tell the community college you got your degree at that they failed you. Bieber and Nick Cannon? For real?!? Way to know your audience, clown.

  • asmatic asiatic

    I’ve seen some footage of bieber hooping, albeit it was edited showing him hit basically every shot….seems to have a decent three point set shot and his go to move is a crossover to spin move….guess he’s alright for a youngster that hoops for fun….

  • chianne

    Where is Chris Brown in this roster? He can PLAY some ball, AND entertain on the floor – do those dance moves at half-court. NBA committee doesn’t have the balls to put him out there – afraid of backlash. MOVE ON, PEOPLE!

  • Diego

    Bieber is what, 16? But kid looks like he is 11 or 12; saw him at a Hawks game a few weeks ago–he is about 5 ft 0 inches tall and 105 lbs, at best. Bow wow could post the hell out of him. Frankie Munoz would dominate him. Just saying; don’t expect him to be Spud Webb.

  • bobby stew

    What happened to BJ Armstrong? I thought he was on the list

  • junior33

    im with celts fan on this one.
    GTFOH. Pip and Mullin will bitch bieber on the court. The convert logic is absurd. I heard of mullin playing an exhibition in china a couple years back(2 i think) dropping trey bombs like nobody’s business.
    if the nba vets play like they care at all this game is a wash

  • bobby stew

    I agree with junior33

    No way the average college player could totally destroy Pip and Mullin, let alone some little skinny undersized class clowns

  • jimmy

    the person writing this article should be fired…

    “Pippen, Rose, Fox, Green, and Mullin are all huffing and puffing down the court, Bieber will be zooming past them for layups”

    That’s just plain retarded, and the writer has obviously not played a lick of basketball…

  • http://topfatlossreviews.info/ Burton Haynes

    am i actually thinking straight?! i think i want to go see justin bieber’s film :|