The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will meet in the 2013 NBA Finals with storylines galore, including plenty of stuff that has nothing to do at all with basketball...and more to do with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Seriously, stop groaning; it's really not that bad. In fact, I'm kind of getting a kick out of this.
Sure, the NBA Finals is a chance for LeBron James to get retribution for his first trip to the finals in 2007, which ended in a sweep at the hands of Tim Duncan and the Spurs.
It's a chance for Gregg Popovich and Duncan to pick up their fifth championship together, and for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to each nab their fourth.
However, we also have a showdown between Bieber and Gomez: two teenybopper pop icons who can never seem to decide whether or not they're dating. They might not be together right now, but that has little to do with what we're trying to figure out here—which celebrity fan wins in a head-to-head showdown.
It seems since the two are so closely linked, only they can be the leader of their respective celebrity basketball fan squads.
Which team has the more dedicated celebrity fanbase? Bieber's Heat, or Gomez's Spurs?
Let's take a quick look at the evidence we have on our hands and see which of the two can claim the useless title of "Most Tabloid-able NBA Finals Fan."
The puzzlingly polarizing pop star was spotted at Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals looking like a tiny little Dwyane Wade in his leather shirt and long chains with a large Miami Heat hat propped slightly cockeyed upon his head.
That's kind of cool, I suppose. He's from Canada and just about two hours away from Toronto, but it's kind of hard to get on a kid for not supporting the Raptors when he's been traveling around the states and the world for a good chunk of his life.
However, there are a few pictures floating around that force me to question his dedication to the Heat.
I was willing to give him a pass, even if he was a recent bandwagon-jumper with the addition of LeBron and Chris Bosh, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
He's been seen in NBA gear of all kinds, from Orlando Magic hats to full-on Los Angeles Lakers regalia. Outside of basketball, he's been caught at Los Angeles Kings games and wearing both a San Francisco Giants hat and Texas Rangers jacket during the 2010 World Series.
I believe the case has been made against the leader. However, there are a handful of reputable Heat fans outside of the Biebs.
David Beckham has been at a ton of Heat games in the past few years, despite the fact that he played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in his days in the MLS.
He's at a few Lakers games here and there, but I'd say he's been spotted in Miami enough to be considered among their core.
Among the other musicians that count themselves as Heat fans (if you consider ol' Biebsy a musician), you can count Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Buffett, Rihanna, and rappers Rick Ross and Flo Rida.
There are some huge benefits to having a wealth of musical talents in the fan base, especially in the next few seasons. Maybe they can get Estefan to sing, "Don't Want to Lose You" to LeBron James if he decides to opt out of his contract next season.
The group might be a little sketchy, however, as Flo Rida's manager got tossed from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
He portrayed Ray Charles and was the lead in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, but Jamie Foxx also happens to be a familiar face on the sidelines of Heat games.
Here he is hanging out with Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Rounding out the Ranks
Bieber and his pals are joined by Gabrielle Anwar, an actress from Burn Notice, and they've got ahold of celebrity super-couple Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova.
Initially, I had the thought that Will Smith was on that list as well, but then I recalled him being spotted at a game this year wearing a Philadelphia 76ers hat Philadelphia 76ers, so he's a no-go.
Too bad. That would have likely pushed them over the top.
Selena Gomez is from Grand Prairie, Texas, a town much closer to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area than San Antonio, but at least she's supporting an in-state team.
She's been a Spurs fan for longer than Bieber has held onto an allegiance to any team (or piece of clothing, I suppose), dating all the way back to last year.
I'm not sure how much credit she deserves, although she has been out trotting around in a Tony Parker jersey, so she at least gets something for that.
Among other celebrity Spurs aficionados, San Antonio can boast the always-surly Tommy Lee Jones, a San Saba, Texas native known for his work in the Men in Black movies, The Fugitive, and playing a Texas Ranger in the television series Lonesome Dove.
Another ranger in the up-and-coming Armie Hammer joins Tommy Lee, as the actor will play the titular character in this summer's The Lone Ranger.
Regardless of whether you're a fan or not, having the "King of Country" on your side can't exactly be a bad thing, can it?
Here he is leading a "Go Spurs Go!" chant at a concert a few days back.
Possibly the coolest celebrity connection with San Antonio is Tony Parker's ex-wife, Eva Longoria.
Despite the fact that the two got divorced, she still supports her Spurs. How could the Heat possibly top that?
I've been a Spurs fan my whole life! And an even bigger Pop fan! #GoSpursGo— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) June 4, 2013
And to make everybody happy, here she is knocking Parker down into a dunk tank on an episode of Ellen.
The Rest of the Cowboys
Gomez and her cohorts are joined by former Desperate Housewives star Ricardo Chavira, Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds, San Antonio native James Rodney of Psych, Jackie Earle Haley, who has been everybody from Freddy Kruger to Dukes from Semi-Pro.
However, my favorite has to be Igo Mendoza Gallegos, a mariachi singer most famous for his recent release "Go, Espurs, Go."
There doesn't really seem to be a clear-cut winner among the two leaders' entourages, so it seems as if the tiebreaker has to come down to the two heads themselves. I think we all know where this is going.
This one seems pretty clear-cut: Gomez wipes the floor with Bieber.
In case you needed more proof, here's a shot of the latter sitting and texting during a Spurs-Lakers game last year, while the former sits and watches attentively.
So there you go. If you're basing your NBA Finals prediction on who has the more dedicated tabloid sweetheart, run out and toss everything you have on the Spurs.
That said, the only thing we know for sure is that Lil' Wayne is going to end up supporting whichever team lets him sit in the front row.
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