Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Greatest Celebrity Fans
No other team in professional sports comes close to having the celebrity following that the Los Angeles Lakers do. Which is understandable. After all, they’re Hollywood’s team.
But who are the true celebrity Lakers fans? I am talking about the ones who actually care about the well-being of the team, rather than those who show up to games to flex their celebrity status and hobnob about plastic surgery.
This list will separate the real celebrity Lakers fans from the mere pretenders.
Here are the five greatest celebrity fans of the Los Angeles Lakers.
5. Denzel Washington
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More times than not, when the Los Angeles Lakers are playing at Staples Center, the two-time Oscar winner can be found in the stands. But I have always had my suspicions about Denzel being a “true” Lakers fan.
Does anyone else think it’s a little funny that Denzel usually wears a Yankees cap while cheering on the Purple and Gold? Oh well, there is no rule against rooting for two teams from different cities. But his Yankees cap sticks out like a sore thumb.
At least it’s not a New York Knicks cap, I suppose.
4. Dyan Cannon
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Dyan Cannon has been a mainstay at Los Angeles Lakers games since Jerry West and Elgin Baylor led the team.
If Jack Nicholson is considered the “king” of celebrity Lakers fans, then Cannon is certainly the queen.
3. Ice Cube
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Just because Ice Cube’s mug isn’t plastered all over the television during games as much as other celebrity Lakers fans, doesn’t mean he is a “casual" supporter by any means.
Ice Cube has his own luxury box at Staples Center, where he can root for his team with a little more privacy than other celebrity fans.
According to a CNN interview, Ice Cube has been a fan of the Lakers since he was in his mother’s womb:
"I was a Lakers fan in the womb," Cube claimed. "My mother screamed at a Lakers game for Elgin Baylor or Jerry West and I was a fan from there. I go to every game. It's an experience."
2. Flea and Anthony Kiedis
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Flea and Anthony Kiedis, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, are huge Lakers fans. Their faces are just not as recognizable (or attractive for that matter) as some of the other celebrities who frequently attend games.
The pair of musicians wrote two songs about the Lakers in their 1989 album Mother’s Milk: “Magic Johnson” and “Salute to Kareem.”
1. Jack Nicholson
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And then there’s Jack Nicholson. Jack has had courtside seats at the Great Western Forum and Staples Center for the better part of three decades.
Jack’s courtside presence has become just as familiar as Kobe Bryant dominating opponents on the court.
Jack legitimately cares about the Lakers, which is evident when he yells at a ref over a missed call or talks trash to an opposing coach.
It's always been a wish of mine to flip on my TV one night to see Jack dressed as the Joker, laughing maniacally in the face of an opposing coach, specifically Stan Van Gundy.