Laker Fans vs. Clipper Fans
The Staples Center is the hottest site in Los Angeles to watch pro basketball - as well as spot celebrities watching pro basketball. Two NBA teams - the Lakers and Clippers - attract a steady clique of the Hollywood elite from December through June. But there are distinctly different crowds following the two teams:
The most famous Laker fan is, of course, the guy sitting near the player benches - Jack Nicholson. Ironically as he gloats serenely in the front row, flaunting his oppulent lifestyle, the fact that he's sitting next to all those NBA players makes him the worst-paid man in the area.
Michael Douglas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Dustin Hoffman, Denzel Washington, Carrot Top (okay, not Carrot Top - I was just checking to see how closely you were reading), James L. Brooks, and Dyan Cannon (now known more as a Laker fan than an actress) can always be seen around the complex. Assorted Baldwin brothers litter the rest of the arena like so many discarded greasy cartons of stale nacho chips.
Semi-regulars at the Lakers games include Johnny Carson, Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Ovitz, Matthew Perry, Don Johnson, Chevy Chase, Rob Lowe, Arsenio Hall, supermodel Tyra Banks, and Brandy. It isn't unusual to see Tom Cruise, Cindy Crawford, Jim Carrey, Garry Shandling, Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Dennis Miller, or Jerry Seinfeld at a game, not to mention Spike Lee (especially when the Knicks are in town).
Most of these celebrities' seats are clustered on the Forum's Loge level. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks bought a 12-seat luxury box at the Staples Center - at a price of $257,500 a year. So has "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak. The luxury boxes include a wet bar, refrigerator and entertainment center with a wide-screen digital television and two monitors with feeds to NHL and NBA games. In other words, they're paying thousands of dollars a game to pretend they're still at home.
But most celebrities prefer to be out in the open - where they can be more easily noticed pretending to try not to be noticed.
Nobody else goes to Clipper games. At all. Ever.
| Sometimes the Clippers don't even show up.|