It’s generally not national news when a point guard blows by Steve Nash on the way to the hoop.
But when that point guard is teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, that story gets more than its fair share of play.
A nine-second clip of Bieber crossing over Nash off a pick on his way to the hoop with girlfriend Selena Gomez squealing for him in the background has been making the rounds on the Internet after Bieber tweeted a link to it on Friday and wrote “hold up though…is that the REAL @SteveNash – yes…yes it is…#crossover.” The blow by occurred during a pickup game in advance of a charity game in Atlanta.
See the video below:
The video has since received over 568,000 views on YouTube as of this writing and 236,000 on TwitVid. It even spent time on the Yahoo! front page, which would be pretty astounding aside from the fact Yahoo! often leads with stories like this that are sure to draw clicks.
Nash took things in stride and tweeted: “Thanks to @justinbieber I’m trending in Buenos Aires, Australia and Canada. Hola, G’Day, eh?”
In the clip Nash tries to go over the pick but Bieber instead crosses over to get to the tin and thus a highlight is born.
Dudley missing unofficial start of season
Labor Day weekend is usually about the time that Phoenix Suns players return to the Valley for voluntary workouts in advance of training camp.
With the lockout far from over, that of course is not the case this season.
“Today feels like the 1st day of the lockout!! This time last yr I flew back to phx to start preparing for the upcoming season,” Jared Dudley tweeted. “In July an August is usually travel, family, and training time.. September the time u get back to Ur team to start bonding and chemistry.”
The players and owners met on Wednesday, but we’re still weeks if not months away from the conclusion of the lockout.
With players continuing to work out on their own (we hope) rather than returning for team workouts, the lockout officially starts to affect players’ normal routine this week.
For Dudley that means getting some run in the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Vegas that will features eight teams with seven or eight NBA players each, according to Howard Beck of The New York Times. JD is the only Sun currently expected to play, but The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro reported that Dudley is trying to get Channing Frye, Josh Childress and Aaron Brooks to join him as well.
The league is scheduled to start on Sept. 12 with the games streamed live online. Beck’s story said the league is expected to feature “some expectation of defense,” so along with rosters containing only NBA players the so-called Lockout League will be much different than the pro-am games staged throughout the country the last couple months.