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Passionate NBA Celebrity Fans You Often See at Courtside

Basketball fans are everywhere in the world, and this is not surprising. With such loyal fanbases, no wonder the NBA is brimming with celebrity fans. It is one of the few sports where fans are so dedicated that they even purchase stakes to have ownership of their favorite teams. 

These diehard and recognisable fans are as famous as the teams they support and have always been there sitting courtside and supporting the NBA players over the years. Each NBA team has a celebrity fan, and the following are some of the most known ones. 

Toronto Raptors: Drake

If we are talking about one of the most tight-knit fan-team relationships, then Drake is a perfect example. The rapper has been supporting the Raptors for years and was even hired as their “Global Ambassador” in 2013. Because of this, the NBA team was able to raise its profile and signed some huge stars. Last year, the Raptors renamed their practice facility in honor of Drake’s record label to the OVO Athletic Centre. 

Brooklyn Nets: JAY-Z

Another iconic rapper that helped change the future of his favorite NBA team is JAY-Z. Back in 2012, he helped the Nets move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. He was a huge fan and even had an ownership stake in the team, although it was just for 0.15%, he had to pay about a million dollars. Even though he later sold it, he still has his stake in the Barclays Center, which is an indoor arena that’s home to the Brooklyn Nets. It is valued at $2 million.

Chicago Bulls: Barack Obama

The celebrity fan of this NBA team is no less than the previous president of the United States! Obama is known for being an avid sports fan, but basketball might be the sport that is closest to his heart. During his presidency, he even made time to get courtside seats for a Bulls home game in 2015. There’s also a book that was written about the former president’s love of the sport and how it influenced his career.  

Atlanta Hawks: 2 Chainz

This NBA team is known to have the best partnerships with their celebrity fans of any franchise in the NBA, according to Forbes. Because Atlanta Hawks is at the heart of one of the hip-hop capital cities, it has rap icon fans like T.I., Future, and 2 Chainz. In fact, 2 Chainz announced last year that he had bought a minority stake in the College Park Skyhawks, which is Atlanta Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate. He also performed in several halftime shows at this NBA team’s games and has his own custom jersey-style T-shirt.

Houston Rockets: Travis Scott

Travis Scott actually worked as a ball boy for the franchise while in high school, so you can see why he is a fan. He is also known for being a Houston boy through and through. You can often see him sitting courtside at various Rockets games. James Harden, who is a famous player in the team, is someone he is close to, and he even featured him in his “Way Back” music video. Last year, Scott also designed a custom Rockets jersey, which was inspired by his “Astroworld” album.   

Boston Celtics: Matt Damon

One of the many celebrity fans of the Celtics is Matt Damon. If you confuse him with his lookalike, Mark Wahlberg, it’s alright because Wahlberg is a Celtic fan too. Damon, who is a Cambridge, Massachusetts native, has been a fan of the team and has seen them win six championships. Back in 2008, he even predicted that Boston Celtics would win another NBA title over the Lakers while accepting an award in LA, Damon was right despite the many boos he received from the crowd. 

Because of such fans, the NBA has come a long way. But, you also have to remember that regardless of whether you are famous or not, it doesn’t take much to support your favorite teams. You can try out sports betting with bespoke bookmakers and see for yourself how fun and profitable basketball betting is.

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Luka Doncic: What Other NBA Players and Coaches Think of Him

Only in his sophomore year, Luka Doncic is already described as phenomenal, unstoppable. This year, Doncic is on the elite list of NBA 2019-20 season MVP candidates. 

Ryan Carlisle,  Dallas Mavericks head coach, maximized the player’s MVP potential, without actually changing the game.

Who is Luka Doncic?

A Slovenian professional player, Luka Doncic was drafted to the NBA in 2018. He was the third overall pick, initially selected by Atlanta Hawks and was later traded to Dallas Mavericks for draft rights over Trae Young.

He played for the Mavericks since then as a point guard/small forward. In 2018-19 seasons, Doncic was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year.

He also plays for the Slovenia national basketball team.

Even during draft night, Carlisle has already spoken greatly about the draftee, saying, “He’s just too good. We get a guy we think is franchise foundation piece.”

There is no denying his presence in the league. Other NBA coaches and players agree.

“Luka’s playing out of this world. … He was so phenomenal last year with all the triple-doubles. I thought people were just going to really hone in on him, but he’s even gotten better. … To average a triple-double over a whole month is unbelievable – and that at 20.” ~ Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks former power forward

“Anything is a possibility with him.” ~ Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks guard

He’s a “one-in-a-whatever talent.” ~ Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks power forward

“He’s a gamer. … He’s one of those guys who;’s born with it.” ~ J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks guard

“But what the guy is doing at 20 years old is incredible. … He’s a keeper.” ~ Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner 

“Obviously he’s a great young talent. I love his game, his ability to not only create shots for himself; but you guys know I love the fact that he can get great looks for his teammates.” ~ LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers forward

“He’s still a baby … He’s already doing amazing. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be scary when he fully figures it out and he starts to really hit his prime.” ~ Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers forward

“He’s the most exciting player that has appeared in basketball in recent years.” ~ Giannis Antetekounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks forward

“I really think he’s the future of this league. He’s unbelievable. Last year, I was extremely impressed with his game. He has taken it to a whole new level. … I looked up at the score and saw his stats and I thought, ‘Man, that’s the most quiet 29, 15 and 14 I’ve ever seen in my life.’” ~ Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers forward

“He going to be a problem. He already a problem, but he’s going to be really good for a long time. He is exciting to watch. He has kind of lifted that franchise.” ~ Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors forward

“He’s a really, really, really good player. Not just for a rookie. … He’s got real game. He’s a real pro.” ~ Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers point guard

“He’s a tough guard. He’s a physical guy. He can get any shot pretty much that he wants. … It just goes to show you how impressive he is. Nothing fazes him, nothing speeds him up, his shot has gotten better. He’s pretty much a magician.” ~ Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards guard

“He’s going to push Dirk Nowitzki for the greatest European to ever play this game.” ~ David Fizdale, New York Knicks coach

“He has great vision, Lebron-ish. … But I think Luka’s just going to be — Luka and people are going to try to probably model their game after him more than him modelling after anyone else. ~ Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers coach

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4 NBA Players Who Retired and Staged a Successful Comeback

The times are miserable and chaotic for the New York Knicks.

As if the drought hasn’t entirely played out yet with five straight losing seasons, Richard Jefferson chose to retire instead of playing for the team.

Let that sink in first.

It was difficult enough for the Jim Dolan-owned team, which was the only franchise to offer him a job. What more hearing a 17-season, admittedly washed Jefferson outright refused millions of dollars in exchange for becoming a Knicks player?

At this point, though, we won’t know whether Jefferson will ever come back playing.

However, these NBA players knew that they have to make a comeback and proved their worth once more.

If you’ve meant to ask that question, yes, he can. He can come back at any stage of retirement. It is the right of any retired NBA player.

Can a player come back after retirement?

Comebacks are not equally successful, however, at least compared with these returning players. 

#4 Richie Guerin

Guerin was one of the most underrated NBA Hall of Famers nominees in 2013, but he deserved all the praise and recognition. 

For one, he scored 57 points in a historic game against Syracuse Nationals. It broke scoring records and the curse of eight losses straight against the Nationals.

Unfortunately for him, he played in the New York Knicks when it was yet to win its first NBA championship. 

Guerin retired after the 1966-67 season as a player before he jumped to Atlanta Hawks as a head coach. While there, he was forced a comeback because his players had injuries.

He was the New York hero of his time. When he first set foot in Madison Square Garden for the first time after being traded with the Hawks, Geurin got a five-minute standing ovation.

Yes, he was that great. 

#3 Sidney Moncrief

Hall of Famer Moncrief decided to retire after ten seasons with the NBA and while he was still in his prime. 

A Milwaukee Bucks legend, he was a Defensive Player of the Year awardee twice before he retired in 1989. Those two years were the first two years that the award existed. Some even argued that it was created for him.

Moncrief returned after a couple of years this time with Atlanta Hawks. 

Moncrief was the resident ‘veteran’ and part-time reserve, calling his time with the Hawks, specifically Moses Malone, Doc Rivers, and Dominique Wilkins the most rewarding year in the NBA.

He earned a roster spot, averaging 4.7 points in 15.2 minutes.

#2 Magic Johnson

Johnson retired in 1992 due to health reasons—he was diagnosed with HIV. He planned on playing for the next two seasons, but his health prevented his comeback.

In 1994, he became the Los Angeles Lakers head coach. He came back playing in 1996, displaying his all-around skills despite being one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Despite the controversies involving decreased playing time of other players when he entered the Lakers, he led the team to the playoffs. The team finished 53-29.

#1 Michael Jordan

Dubbed as the greatest comeback of all time, Jordan staged two comebacks, but the first one is the more successful one. 

He originally retired due to burnout and depression after his father’s death. Jordan focused on playing baseball to make his father’s dream come true.

He came back to play for the Chicago Bulls after a less than stellar performance with the Chicago White Sox’s. 

With Bulls, Jordan won more championships and MVP awards. 

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