Winners Support Winners: Celebrity Lakers Fans
The LA Lakers are one of the most famous sports teams in the world. The Lakers have drawn crowds ever since Bob Short relocated the Lakers from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960. Los Angeles has its fair share of celebrities and actors in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, the two worlds fit together perfectly, and you will often find celebrities at Lakers games.
Over the years, some Lakers celebrity fans have stood out for their dedication and support. These die-hard Lakers fans can be seen week-in-week-out at the Staples Center. While you’ll almost always see celebrities courtside at an NBA game, some faces have truly become a staple. So who are these famous Lakers fans?
Arguably the most famous Lakers fan of all time, Jack Nicholson, has been a season ticket holder since 1970. This season would bring his 50th year of supporting the Lakers! Nicholson is truly a Lakers fan for life.
Over the years Nicholson has seen many Lakers dynasties come and go. From Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, the showtime of Magic Johnson and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, and the three-peat of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Throughout it all, you could find Nicholson at courtside.
At times, Nicholson’s enthusiasm would boil over. In 2003, Nicholson confronted referee Mark Wunderlich during a playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs. This is one of many times Nicholson shouted at the referees over the years. At times, he has been told to sit down by the officials. He is certainly the most passionate of the LA Lakers celebrity fans.
The Lakers paid tribute to Jack Nicholson in 2018 with an honorary key to the team’s shower, along with a Lakers towel. Magic Johnson handed the key and towel to Nicholson on the Staples Center court after a home game in front of the full house. While we’re not sure if Nicholson will ever oblige the gesture, he did make his way to the locker room after receiving the award. The Lakers have retired a jersey for legendary announcer Chick Hearn in 2002, and there could be calls for Nicholson to get a similar gesture towards his later years.
Along with Jack Nicholson, there is another Lakers celebrity fan who has been a staple over many decades. Dyan Cannon was seated in the front row for the Showtime era and saw Kobe Bryant’s entire career. While her name isn’t as famous these days, she was a successful actor in her day – nominated for three Academy Awards.
Those who have been fortunate enough to attend a Lakers game at the Staples Center will know what Dyan Cannon brings to the games. Apart from undying support, it is her homemade brownies. She has been bringing brownies to games for over 20 years, and she shares them with players, announcers, and other Lakers fans alike.
Cannon has close ties with current and famous Lakers, often sitting alongside Magic Johnson. Like Nicholson, Cannon is now in her 80s, and her support is part of what makes the Lakers such a special franchise.
The celebrity chapter of the Lakers fan club is not limited to actors only. It includes musicians and sportsmen. Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has been attending Lakers games since 1974. Both he and bandmate Anthony Kiedis are huge Lakers fans and regularly attend games at the Staples Center.
The pair appeared in one of the more bizarre Lakers fan pictures of recent seasons, on 21 October 2018. The social media post doesn’t refer to what transpired in the game, but Anthony Kiedis had to be led away from his seat to calm down. A fight broke out during a game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets and Anthony Kiedis took exception to one of the Rockets players. Kiedis swore and remonstrated against the Rockets player and was escorted away by security. That’s passion for you!
Flea has been vocal of his support for the Lakers and how he feels they should approach their recruitment. The passion showed by himself and bandmate Kiedis resonates with what the Lakers fan clubs all over the world want to see from the Lakers roster.
One thing is for sure, if Flea has been returning since 1974, the latest playoff drought won’t keep him away from the Staples Center.
Ice Cube is another musician who is a Lakers fan for life. He might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of the LA Lakers’ celebrity fans, but that’s mainly because he chooses not to sit courtside. Instead, Ice Cube opted for his own luxury box at the Staples Center.
Ice Cube is often in Lakers news stories for his take on the team and their decisions. He has recently called on Lakers fans to give Dwight Howard another chance and predicted that the Lakers could win back-to-back championships in the next couple of seasons. Ice Cube also commented on the Kawhi Leonard to Lakers rumors, questioning why Leonard would want to go to the Clippers.
He might not be on courtside, but you could bet on Ice Cube becoming a prominent voice for the Lakers fans frustrations if the Lakers don’t turn things around this season.
For some, Leonardo DiCaprio is the heir to Jack Nicholson’s Lakers fan throne. He is an A-list Hollywood actor and is passionate about the Lakers. According to Kobe Bryant, DiCaprio can get rowdy during games. He may have toned it down over the past few seasons, however.
You won’t necessarily find him wearing Lakers merchandise though. DiCaprio has been known to wear college caps in attempts to go incognito at games. He has worn over twelve different college hats, clearly showing his appreciation for the game at all levels.
Jeffrey Katzenberg is not necessarily a well-known face, but he is the man behind most of the best animated movies put out over the last 30 years. He worked as a chairman of Walt Disney Studios before becoming co-founder and CEO of Dreamworks.
Katzenberg attends Lakers games for the entire season. His standing in the industry means that he often invites Hollywood actors to the games. This includes actors like Tom Cruise, Jack Black, and Eddie Murphy.
The Lakers have a tendency to draw celebrities to games rivaled only by the New York Knicks. This season, you’ll likely see Kendal Jenner, Mila Kunis, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart at the Staples Center. If the performances improve this season, and the Lakers make the playoffs, expect to see them all for those Hollywood star-studded nights. To find out more about the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.