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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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Every Celebrity Booed at an NFL Game

It has been an awkward week, well at least for Kendall Jenner who was incessantly booed at the Los Angeles Rams vs Baltimore Ravens NFL game on November 26. She was shown on the Jumbotron screen twice and was booed for both occasions.

She was with her sister Kylie Jenner, and some other celebrities and friends.

Booing is nothing new.

Fans boo their team’s opponent for psychological reasons, ruining their game in the process. Of course, it’s different when the fans of both teams are booing other fans, especially the celebrity spectators.

Here are other celebrities who were booed at an NFL game. 

#1 Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest was booed while kicking off the NFL season in Denver in 2013.

He was an NBC staple then, with his deal with E! and Million Second Quiz, a game show. Choosing him to introduce the season opener is a no-brainer. The fans, however, are not so thrilled.

He was met with resounding boos from the crowd which Seacrest just ignored and continued doing his spiels.

Fans are so used to seeing John Madden doing the openers, no Seacrest.

#2 Kawhi Leonard

Leonard was booed during a Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Los Angeles in September 2019.

The Jumbotron put him on display, and the fans did not like what they saw. Leonard was booed because LA is perceived as the “Lakers town.”

It was not the first time Leonard was welcomed rudely by the fans, though. He also received a slew of booing from San Antonio Spurs fans when the Toronto Raptors played against the team in January.

If anything, it signalled the looming Lakers-Clippers rivalry in the NBA.

#3 Barack Obama

Obama’s pre-recorded speech was shown on the Jumbotron when the crowd started booing.

It happened in 2016 when the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coincided with NFL’s first game. A pre-games ceremony was held to commemorate the events. Field-sized flags were laid out as well as a non-partisan video showing President George W. Bush and Pres. Obama.

Boos were already heard when Bush appeared on the screen, but it intensified when it was Obama’s turn.

Commenters blatantly expressed disgust and frustration over what was otherwise a patriotic reflection.

#4 Santa Claus

Yes, it happened in 1968.

The Philadelphia Eagles fans were having a hard decade with their team showing lacklustre performance with 2-12 record. Its long history included a 3-10 season in 1962 and 2-10 season in 1963.

The Eagles fans pelted and snowballed Frank Olivo, a 19-year-old disguised in Santa Claus. He was picked up from the stands, fortunately (or unfortunately) dressed as Santa Claus. 

A real Santa Claus was set to appear during the halftime show but was reported stuck in snow on the way to the stadium. The fans were expecting to see the real Claus to lift their moods somehow, not a skinny boy carrying an equipment bag.

An already pissed Eagles fans who were growing more impatient with their team took their frustration to Olivo. The booing, pelting and snowballing then happened.

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NBA 2019-20 GM Survey is Out: Who is the Likely MVP?

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has already released its annual GM survey. It asked the NBA teams’ executives about the 2019-20 season MVP, champion, and best players, among others.

As NBA disclaimed, the GMs are the decision-makers of the franchise and answers to the survey is their best guesses. The GMs are not allowed to vote for their teams and players. Percentages are based on the total number of GMs who responded to a specific question, not for all the 30 GMs.

NBA Finals Champion

Los Angeles Clippers (46%) was predicted to be this season’s champion. It was followed by Milwaukee Bucks (36%) and Los Angeles Lakers (11%) which are also ranked #1 team in the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively.

The results are distributed. In the last season, the Golden State Warriors received 87% of the vote. The team still received votes this year, though, along with Portland Trailblazers.

Interestingly, Toronto Raptors, which did not appear in the results, won the 2018-19 NBA Finals championship.

Kia MVP Awardee

About 52% of the respondents chose Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, who won last year’s MVP award. The majority of the GMs is apparently impressed of his previous season’s performance.

The disparity among the next choices is pretty wide, at 10%. Three names emerged: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers).

The last year’s choice was LeBron James with 30%.

Speaking of last year’s survey results, when asked the GMs if they were to start a franchise who would they choose to start it, Antetokounmpo was also the runaway winner. He received 30% of the vote last year and a whopping 86% this year.

Rookie of the Year

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, the no. 1 overall draft pick, was chosen to be most likely Rookie of the Year awardee at 68%. He also deemed as the most athletic among the players today. The GMs also highlight that in five years, Williamson would be the NBA’s best player.

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) also received 29% and 4% of the votes, respectively.

Luca Doncic was predicted to receive the award in the last year’s survey with 43% of the total votes. Doncic was indeed awarded as the Rookie of the Year.

Best Overall Offseason Move

The Los Angeles Clippers (82%) was voted to have made the best move of the offseason. This is in part of the acquisition that is expected to make the biggest impact, referring to Leonard’s transfer from Toronto Raptors to the Clippers (67%). 

Other survey results are below.

Best Point Guard: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Shooting Guard: James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Best Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Best Center: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Best Defensive Player: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Perimeter Defender: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)

Best Interior Defender: Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Most Versatile Defender: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Best Defensive Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Best Head Coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)

Breakout Player: De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)

Most Fun to Watch: Denver Nuggets

Best Pure Shooter: Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Best Passer: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

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