We got Wahlberg out in NYC and asked him about the Celtics’ envious dilemma, whether to use the #1 pick in this year’s draft on a college stud (probably Fultz) or trade for an elite NBA player. Mark — a huge Celtics fan — made his position clear, he wants to slang the pick, and wouldn’t mind getting his good friend — and Bulls star — Jimmy Butler back in return.
The Golden State Warriors celebration was marred with violence against cops — with Oakland PD telling TMZ Sports some of their officers were attacked with rocks and bottles after the game. A rep for the OPD tells us, “In east Oakland, it was reported 400 to 500 spectators and vehicles participated in sideshow activity on city streets. Officers did report that individuals threw rocks and bottles at them.” “In response, patrol officers implemented strategies where they were able to detain approximately 100 cars. Over 40 citations were issued and over 30 cars were towed.”
Two pairs of floor tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals have sold for big money. One person bought a pair of floor tickets for $90,000 total ($45,000 each) on the Warriors’ Ticketmaster resale site, a team source told ESPN. Another person bought a pair of tickets for $82,000 ($41,000 each).
At the top of the chart are the most loyal, “diehard” fanbases (as signified by low correlations between wins and attendance) and at the bottom are the disloyal, “fair-weather” fans. Leading the pack in loyalty are the Dallas Mavericks (who actually posted a slightly negative correlation) and the New Orleans Pelicans. Among the least loyal are the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers. Interestingly, despite all the flack that Heat fans received for being fair-weather LeBron fans, they finished in the top third of the index. The results for the Cavaliers and the Warriors, which do not include their recent dominant years, suggest that their fanbases are moderately below average in loyalty. Because of their recent relocations and thus small sample sizes, I omit the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, and Oklahoma City Thunder from the rankings.
Fans of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant can buy the shoe he will be wearing for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, but only when he’s on the court. Consumers will be able to buy the white version of the KDX “Still KD” shoe — which Durant will be wearing for the first time during Game 1 — on Nike’s SNKRS app as soon as the game tips off in Oakland at 9 p.m. ET. When Durant is subbed out of the game, when a timeout is called or it’s halftime, sales will be halted.