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East’s Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic shakes hands Justin Bieber, with encouragement from the Chicago Bulls mascot, during the first half of Sunday’s NBA All Star Game at Staples Center.
A snapshot of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star telecast by TNT, at the start of the second quarter, as the West holds a 10-point lead in the annual exhibition against the East:
TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, dressed as Liberace, sits courtside next to pop star Justin Bieber and has a conversation so engrossing they have to show the live game on a split screen.
Dirk Nowitzki misses a shot that goes out of bounds.
Two questions in, they “flash” back to Beiber’s “performance” in the celebrity All-Star game.
Sager: “Don’t you gotta go to school or anything?”
Bieber: “Uh, yeah, I have school, but it’s the weekend.”
Sager: “You’re now 16 … you have a driver’s license?”
Bieber: “Dude, I do have a driver’s license … and I have a car in Atlanta.”
LeBron James misses a 3-point attempt.
Sager: “You get an allowance, gas money or anything?”
Bieber: “Not really an allowance, but a limit …”
Blake Griffin makes a twisting hook shot to give the West a 12-point lead.
Sager: “Who’s gonna win the MVP of tonight’s game?”
Jalen Rose misses a shot.
Bieber: “I don’t know … they’re just having fun with it. …”
Chris Bosh misses a tip. Kevin Love rebounds.
Sager: “Kobe your favorite player?”
Bieber: “Kobe is my favorite player but tonight …”
Nowitzki misses a jumper.
“Tonight, if the Lakers were playing, I’d be going for Kobe.”
Russell Westbrook makes a tip-in as the West goes up by 14.
Interview ends. Reggie Miller wonders aloud if Sager was trying to be Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes.”
Only a minute and a half of game action was gone, but it seemed like 60 minutes.
And sadly, to that point, it was highlight of the telecast.