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Justin Bieber, Who Once Played for ‘Lakers’, Called Stranger Things Star “Dorky” During NBA All-Star Weekend

Published 05/25/2022, 12:00 AM EDT

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Justin Bieber told Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, that his character on the show is ‘dorky’. The incident took place during the NBA celebrity All-Star game in which both participated.

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Of all the major sports leagues in the world, the NBA is probably the best in PR. The league provides the best fan-player interaction possible, from the opportunity to sit courtside during games within a few feet of the players, to various events that entertain the fans.

The NBA All-Star weekend is specially designed to please the fans. Apart from voting for the All-Star candidates, the fans also get to enjoy watching their favorite celebrities play their favorite game.


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The NBA All-Star celebrity game consists of an East vs West matchup featuring popular actors, musicians, WNBA players, retired NBA players, and other celebrities. The event is replete with banter and a boatload of entertainment.

Justin Bieber calls Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin a ‘dorky kid’

The 2018 NBA Celebrity All-Star game took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the All-star weekend. The game was played between Team Lakers and Team Clippers, representing the two Los Angeles teams, respectively.

While warming up in the locker room before the match, Justin Bieber started a conversation with teammate and Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin.


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“You look good. How long you’ve been ballin?”, asked the 28-year-old singer.

“Most my life,” replied McLaughlin.

After that, the conversation took a different turn, as Justin said, “I didn’t really recognize you because you play more of a dorky kid.”

The 20-year-old actor agreed that he looks way cooler than his character on the show. And they shook hands on that.

McLaughlin posted the entire interaction on his Instagram.

Team Clippers beat Team Lakers

Team Clippers got the better of Team Lakers in the game. The rapper Quavo took home the coveted MVP trophy.


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Apart from Bieber and McLaughlin, the Lakers had stars like Nick Cannon, Sterling Brim, Michael B. Jordan, Terence Crawford, Candace Parker, Tracy McGrady, and others.

On the other hand, the Clippers had Jamie Foxx, Kevin Garnett, Offset, Andre De Grasse, and others.


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Justin Bieber has shown in the past that he has some smooth basketball skills. What do you think of his remark to Caleb McLaughlin and also his basketball skills? Let us know in the comments.



Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

Edited By: Arunaditya Aima